“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” – Maimonides. The Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. (TYKFI), recognizing the importance of teaching the members of the community a sustainable livelihood, partnered with Ang Hortaleza Foundation, Inc. to conduct a livelihood training program in Valenzuela City last November 17 to 21, 2014. The program was the continuation of the training which started last May 27, 2011.
Ang Hortaleza Foundation is known for promoting self-reliance by providing income generating opportunities through livelihood projects; and instilling national pride and dignity in the Filipino, through the support and promotion of local entrepreneurship. Its vision, “We shall be known as the model social development organization working towards the advancement of Filipino progress,” is one with TYKFI’s core values, which are development, transformation, and capacity-building.
The livelihood training is composed of five courses: Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko I – Basic Cosmetology, Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko II – Basic Reflexology & Therapeutic Massage, Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko III – Basic Facial Cleaning, Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko IV – Basic Hair Relaxing and Ganda Mo HK V – Salon Management.
The Basic Cosmetology (GMHK I) course is a 5-day comprehensive skills training course where the participants are taught the basic techniques on hair cutting styles, hair coloring, hot oil application, manicure/pedicure, permanent hair winding and foot spa. The graduates of this course will be issued a certificate of completion and starter kit as an incentive for them to become self-reliant through home service, eventually becoming entrepreneurs in their own little way. An outreach activity called “Libreng Gupit” is conducted by the graduates as a sign of reciprocity for the free training.
On the other hand, the Basic Reflexology and Therapeutic Massage (GMHK II) course is a 5 whole-day training focusing on the basic techniques in reflexology and therapeutic massage. Students will learn the different reflex points on the hands and feet. This type of massage is quite popular since massaging the reflex points on the hands and feet can improve health, by relieving stress and restoring the natural flow of body energy. Students are also taught the basics of Therapeutic Massage using oils and lotion, which combines the power of touch with the sense of smell. This type of massage is a highly therapeutic for both the mind and body, working mainly on the nervous system. Essential oil blends are applied to the whole body, providing a great boost for the immune system. A requirement to take this course is a certificate of completion for Basic Cosmetology I.
The Basic Facial Cleaning (GMHK III) course is an additional skills training where participants will learn the basic techniques in face massage and cleaning, including removal of whiteheads and blackheads. The participants of this course should be graduates of GMHK I & GMHK II. This is a 5 half-day training, scheduled every 1st and 3rd week of the month.
There were 8 participants for the Part 2 and 1 participant for the Part 3-Basic Facial and Cleaning. Part 2 and 3 participants were from different barangays in Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya namely: Villaflores, Tactac, Baliling, and Poblacion. All the participants were expressive of their appreciation of the training as it provides them with livelihoods, “Ako po ay nag-papasalamat sa mga naibigay po ninyong kurso na kahit po mahirap na pamilya ay pwede po pala kaming maging tunay na cosmetology dahil kung wala po kayo na sumusuporta sa amin ay wala po kaming maayos na hanap buhay,” said Olivia Garcia Bumagat, Reflexology and Therapeutic Massage student from Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya.
The students were also appreciative of their teachers, “The instructors are good [in] teaching me, I’m so very glad because I earned a lot knowledge about facial and massage. Thank you to Mam Weng and to Tess. God Bless You!” said Marlon S. Gadingan, Basic Facial and Cleaning participant from Barangay Villaflores, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya.
The Ang Hortaleza training team is composed of Maurice P. Ligot, Managing Director; Maria Aurora Manalang, Program Manager; Rowena Calicdan, Trainor; and Marites Escalante, Trainor.
The training ended with more gratefulness from the students, “Ang TYKFI ay sad-yang matulungin at mabuti sa mga taong tulad ko, hindi sila namimili ng tutulungan at higit sa lahat di ka nila pababayaan. Kung maaari lahat ng pangangailangan mo ay ibibigay na nila lahat. Kaya walang walang sawang pasasalamat ko sa mga bumubuo ng Foundation na ito,” Gina Geneta Abat, Reflexology and Therapeutic Massage participant from Barangay Tactac, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya.