Kids now a days are exposed to many information and influence from their environment and online. There is no more proper filtering of information on what kids must and must not encounter and it is hard to guide children now a days as the digital world is now very influential. Small kids are now trying to do what adult people do because they see them on social media. Children no longer have the opportunity to discover themselves of who and what they really want in life because they are now driven by influence and what is acceptable online. This is an era where influencers are more popular than religion. This is a problem that we are looking into and hoping to guide children in ways that interest them as well.
Catechetical Arts Ministry is composed of individual volunteers formed by Father Reymund Quito, Our community has already existed for 10 years of teaching children values, skills and improving talents, as our method of catechizing them the ways of Jesus Christ. Most of our kids come from less fortunate families and currently we have 200+ enrolled kids (aged 6-18yrs/old) to our Sunday school for their values education. On other scheduled days, they attend to their corresponding skill and talent lessons. So far, we are offering Visual arts lessons(drawing, painting, crafting), Dance lessons, Musical instruments(guitar, piano) and cooking. (We are planning more skills in the future) All our staff in our community, including the teachers are volunteers only. The program includes feeding every after class to nourish the children, not only with their soul, but also with their body. Every Saturday, our volunteers, together with Father Reymund, go to the wet market and ask for food supplies that our friendly vegetable, fish and meat vendors can offer for free. Whatever, we receive from them, will be cooked by our volunteer cooks for kids to eat after their classes. We do also do home visits to our sick and the dying neighbors as comfort ministry together with our parents partners and other volunteers.
Since our number of students is growing and we are proposing more skill lessons in the future, we need more proper facilities like classrooms, musical equipment, drawing and crafting materials and other school materials. Even though we only meet the children during their classes, we do our best to cope with the bad influences that they encounter from their environment and online, through making sure we have an effective method of teaching and experience for our kids. This is our way of helping children to equip themselves as they go through their life as they grow up, hoping we could guide them in our small and simple ways, to make them a better person and hope they could make the world better.
We hope someone who has the fire from their hearts and has charisma for kids, help us out with this cause. Your donations will greatly mobilize and animate us with our programs. You are always welcome to visit us in our humble center during Sundays. God Bless us and our children.