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Importance of exercise

Physical exercise improves our daily activities. We burn calories, improves our lungs and heart. It also prevents from getting a diabetis, stroke, and heart problems. It lowers blood pressure and prevent from getting sick in the near future.

The immune system is being strenghten to combat illnesses. We become stronger our bones and muscles moves as we move through exercise.. It also brings energy for our daily activities. It also fights against cancer and keeps away from stresses in life.

Just 30 minutes a day of walking is good for our body.. As we load the food we eat sometimes gives us more sugar that stores in our body.. If this sugar is not use it can cause high sugar levels. This must be converted in work out. This means we need to exercise, we need to move so we can consume what we intake and use this energy to much sugar is not good.

We in Bahay Aurora gives importance to our exercise, this is the kids of Bahay Aurora, and this is also for our family who needs us. Proper exercise and good lifestyle can make a difference. This will improve our health and prevent any kinds of diseases. If we our healthy our mind and body is functioning to the optimum level that it should be..

 

Calamities

During calamities like strong typhoons, Philippines is usually one of the most affected countries by  deadly floods and landslides. The effect of the climate change over the past years have seen because of its extreme heat that lead to stronger and frequent storms.

 

Looking back in September year 2009 from the Typhoon Ondoy, the storm hit Central Luzon where Rizal is located. The waters rose so fast that people living in low lying areas were caught unaware and had to stay in the roofs to avoid being swept away. Bahay Aurora had 70.000 euro worth of damage at the time.

 

Bahay Aurora got heavily affected by this typhoon. Luckily we managed to bring the kids to the second floor so no child got hurt. Walls  have been destroyed by heavy floods and it left damages all around  the compound and inside the buildings. Walls were replaced and furnished by strong blocks and the Bougainvillea and other trees are planted to make the wall extra strong. For safety reasons the sliding floodgate was built to protect the compound from the overflow of water from the river. It was placed to cover the entrance gate to resist the flood. Then the canal was constructed as the drainage and to navigate the river flows  or water floods through to the rice field. With continuous rainfalls the water levels gets up higher easily. It is very important to have canals because it help to lessen the water floods that could cause Dengue and Leptospirosis which is very harmful specially to the residents of Bahay Aurora, the children. One of our dear volunteers Tio Ton died one week after the typhoon due to Leptospirosis. He had only a very small wound but it got infected and all the hospital were overcrowded, thousands have died.

 

After this terrible experience in 2009 ,we regularly include to our activities the practice and awareness exercises  for our children about the natural disasters and calamities.

Independent living program

While legally an adult at the age of 18, for most people, the transition to independence is a gradual one. During these transition years, young people’s families provide financial assistance, help them decide on a career and/or support them while they learn how to live on their own. Unfortunately, kids in the residential care don’t have this luxury: one minute they are children, dependent for their food, clothing, shelter and health care, and the next minute they are on their own.  After coming out from the residential care, they face significantly higher risks of homelessness, drug addiction, unemployment, early pregnancy and jail time upon turning 18 than the general population.  

 

 

Independent Living provides children in residential care with the tools they need to become stable and productive adults. The main goal of the Independent Living Program is not only to teach young adults basic life skills, but also to help them develop problem solving and decision-making skills, and the ability to creatively meet the challenges that all adults face in daily life.  

Bahay Aurora Independent Living Program is structured to allow a young adult, from age 17 to transition from dependent care to autonomous adult living. Independent Living is intended to provide a safe environment for youth who have been either to Bahay Aurora or other residential care or other youth that has been reunited to their family but not receiving proper support. 

The length of time a youth can stay in Independent Living depends on each person’s motivation to become independent. Educational factors may also contribute to the length of time a youth is in the program. Youth may remain in the program until the age of 21 if they continue to progress in the development of new skills, pursue their education, and remain unemployed

Raymond Reyes experience

My experience being a replacement in Bahay Aurora.

Hello! I’m Raymond Reyes a former ojt’s here at Bahay Aurora. After I finished my study they gave me an opportunity to work here as a replacement.

My first day as a replacement in Bahay Aurora was great yet felt nervous because I don’t have any experience in parenting. But with the help of my knowledge in my course I easily socialize with them, knew their feelings emotionally and physically.

The kids treated me as their real Kuya, they show me respect, love and sometimes they’re being naughty. But it is okay because there are kids. As a replacement they treated me as a family member of Bahay Aurora especially the staff. I know that I am new in Bahay Aurora but I didn’t feel that I am other people. I would like to say thank you because I got a great experience, unforgettable memories and I learn a lot for being a replacement. I am looking for the next get together with Bahay Aurora Family.