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Three officials and 11 Social Welfare and Nursing Science students from Kkottongnae University (Kkot U) flew in from Korea to join Holy Angel University (HAU) administrators and 11 Communication Arts and Psychology students in undertaking outreach activities in various immersion areas in Pampanga from February 9-13, 2015.

The Joint Outreach and Immersion Program, as the activity was billed, provided opportunities for collaboration, interaction, volunteerism and cultural exchange between HAU and Kkot U students.

The Korean delegation was led by Dr. Eun-Mi Yang, Director of Catholic Global Education Center, Dr. Seok-Im Kang, Director of Community Service Center, and Mr. Hae-Sung Jung, Head, Community Service Center.

During the course of the Outreach Program, the students and administrators from both universities participated in feeding schoolchildren in San Pablo Elementary School in Magalang, Pampanga and interacted with them in games and a face-painting activity.

They likewise engagedthe young women residents of Haven Rehabilitation Center, also in Magalang, in a values formation session, games, song and dance.

The Outreach Program likewise took the participants to Bahay Pag-Ibig, a facility for abandoned elderly men and women located in San Fernando, Pampanga. There, the volunteers presented a pre-Valentine Day program to the residents, including a traditional Korean fan dance by Kkot U students. The participants also distributed food and assisted in feeding the bed-ridden.

Additionally, the Outreach Program volunteers watched Pau Ampo I Matsin (a 3-D animated short film produced by the University’s IT students) with special needs schoolchildren from Angeles Elementary School. They also engaged the Special Education Program pupils in conversations, dance, and songs, and conducted art lessons through fan-making.

Highlighting the Outreach Program was a whole-day visit to and interaction with an Aeta community in Bgy. Pidpid, Sitio Manuali, Porac, Pampanga.

The participants – together with Dr. Alain Dayrit, University physician, Ms. Claire Dayrit, University nurse, Mr. Alvin Flores, CNAMS faculty, and a group of HAU Nursing students – conducted a medical mission in which some 250 village residents underwent medical consultation and were given medicine.

The volunteers also conducted a feeding activity, engaged the children in games and face-painting, exchanged traditional dance performances, taught children how to make pinwheels, and conducted a home visitand survey in the village.

All the Outreach Program beneficiaries received gift items which were prepared to meet their specific needs, such as school supplies, adult diapers, grocery and laundry packs, blankets, and hygiene kits – with fruits, biscuits, and chocolate provided as added presents. Kkot U likewise donated to the Aeta village digital thermometers, a sphygmometer, and a stethoscope.

The students submitted various reports and outputs which reflected the experiences and learnings that they derived from the Outreach Program during Closing Day activities at the University.

The Office of the Community Extension Services, under the Institute for Christian Formation and Social Integration, and the Office of International Affairs coordinated the efforts of all University colleges, offices, and units instrumental in carrying out the Outreach Program, which is a pilot activity arising from the international academic agreement signed by HAU and KKot U in July 2014.

Date Posted: 02-23-2015