Natalie Kean works to change the Phillipines everyday- she does not just help people there, but she helps young mothers by giving them the professional skills they need to take care of their families and advance in the city of Tondo, a secition of Manila, the capital of the young country.
In her own words:
"I serve as the coordinator of the newly opened Aurora Life Project Center in Tondo, Manila, where fellow Fidesco volunteer Tiphaine and I welcomed the first group of young mothers on October 10, 2011. I am happy to report that, one by one, we have grown that core group to include 10 dynamic, motivated women who are all between the ages of 17 and 26. They come Monday through Friday to learn business, computer, English and general knowledge, to work on handicrafts and to receive guidance on developing their life projects."
"While the description on the mission sounds very structured, the reality is that each day is different and we have to be ready to adapt to what is happening in the women’s lives. The first challenge is that we never know which of the women will show up and at what time on any given day, and it takes courage and patience to have the enthusiasm to lead a training with just one or two trainees!
"The afternoons at Aurora are spent making handicrafts to sell, which gives the women experience in running a small business along with skills training. The women have produced and sold more than 200 beautiful star Christmas ornaments made from recycled magazines. It’s impressive to see them work to fold with precision and contribute their ideas and talents to the projects!"