Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer 2010!

Each summer, the boys at Casa Miani go home to families for vacation and return after a month to take part in the summer program at the center. Usually the program lasts about 4 weeks and is filled with activities inside Casa Miani and outside the center with other children. This summer was another eventful and enjoyable year for all the children and staff!

To begin the month long program, we were blessed with the arrival of Brother Joseph Mallari, crs. Brother Joseph came to spend 4 weeks with us in Casa Miani. During his stay, he taught the boys and staff how to bake different kinds of bread and cookies and how to make different crafts. Other activities included computer and literacy tutorials, swimming lessons, sports, and group-work activities. The weekends were also filled with excitement as the children were able to participate in a variety of different events. The 2 most exciting weekend activities for the boys was the choir's trip to Siquijor to sing at a wedding and the elementary boys' camp in Valencia together with boys from Little Children of the Philippines (another local center in Dumaguete). The children also participated in a 2-day sports festival with the different childrens organizations around Negros Oriental, hiked up to Twin Lakes (Lake Balinsasayaw), and made friends with Korean students staying and studying in nearby Valencia. What a great summer! Below are some of our pictures...

The camp for the elementary boys was lead by youth leaders. Here are the leaders with Brother Hermie and Ate Ana at a waterfall they found while hiking!

Camp day # 2: Morning stretches and reflection.

Decorating ginger bread cookies with Ate Ana at Casa Miani.

Brother Joseph making key chains with the boys out of beads and string.

Trekking through the mountains and various fields on the way to Twin Lakes.

The boys with Ate Beth enjoying the beauty of nature!

The 2nd and 3rd graders excited to participate in the city's swimming camp.

Casa Miani took 1st place in basketball and volleyball at the sports festival amongst the different centers in Dumaguete!

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