Brett Madron writes about his first Summer Internship from 2006, reviews leading the same trip in 2015, and looks forward to the trip this Summer.
Banezville Elementary School is located in the neighborhood of our community center. It is home to 800 students with only 23 teaching and non-teaching staff.
Yesterday I sat with the principal for just a few minutes to discuss us partnering with them into the future for academic tutoring and to let her express her heart for her students. They are eager for assistance and she kept saying that she hopes that we can bring some more enhanced instructional materials than her teachers currently have to offer.
Teachers are doing their best to help students but so many teachers and students alike are still trying to overcome the incredible sense of loss from the typhoon that hit. When I asked the principal what struggles she faces the most, the concerns were mostly related to material needs and repairs that need to take place. Hard to fault her for subtly soliciting funds. We are eager to work with this school over the next few months to setup opportunities for some underachieving students to receive the care they can't get in a classroom where a teacher also has to help 39 other students.
At the core of all the wreckage and loss of life that took place on November 8th, 2013 and weeks after, it was people, not structures, who were most desperately affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The Filipino people’s lives have been permanently affected by the typhoon’s destruction. To learn more about how G.O.D. Int'l approaches a situation like this as a development organization, Brett Madron interviews Gregg Garner shortly after his visit to Leyte after the Super Typhoon.
G.O.D. Int'l hosts an annual marriage retreat focusing on strengthening the vitality of the marriages of those participating in our community. While our efforts as an organization are often focused on reaching out to the marginalized both locally and around the world, we recognize that such efforts must begin with our own health as a community, and as families.