IDEA News for the ‘what happend in 2014’ Category

Taking the Show on the Road

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by Athena
Food & Bev Class event set up

Food & Bev Class event set up

This year’s vocational training at the Bohol Deaf Academy has gone to a whole new level. Every Wednesday and Friday our High School students are getting the opportunity to learn job skills that will help them to find employment for summer jobs and hopefully long term employment after they graduate. Part of the training for the Food & Beverage class has included the opportunity to help set up for events at our Dao Diamond Hotel.  They have assisted with Weddings, Birthday Parties, and a myriad of other events. Hand pinning every pleat takes a lot of patience, good math skills and creativity to get it to come out correctly. As much as they have enjoyed the opportunity to work at the Dao Diamond, they really wanted to see what it was like to work at one of the larger beach resorts on neighboring Panglao Island.

Buffet Table draped by BDA students

Buffet Table draped by BDA students

Rotary Club & IDEA working together

Rotary Club & IDEA working together

The great thing about living on an island is that everybody knows everybody, so it only takes asking a few people before an opportunity presents itself.  On September 26 the Rotary Club of Panglao held a Fund Raising Dinner at the Linaw Beach Resort.  In cooperation with IDEA they allowed our Food & Beverage vocational class to come and show off their skills and do the set up for the event.  Several of the students even got to help in the kitchen with food prep.  When asked how they communicated they said they just used pencil and paper and it went fine.   It was a great chance for the resort staff to see how easy it would be to have deaf staff working for them.

BDA Performing Arts Team

BDA Performing Arts Team

They also graciously allowed our Performing Arts Team to come and present some of their native folk dances.  The guests were amazed at how well they performed not being able to hear the music. They allowed Cleza, our school Administrator to take a few minutes to share about the work that is done at IDEA to meet the needs of impoverished deaf children. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to see how things are done in other hotels and restaurants and great for the Performing Arts team to have another audience to perform in front of.  Most importantly it gave our students a chance to show people that being deaf doesn’t stop them from being valuable members of society.

BDA Food & Beverage Class at Linaw Beach Resort

BDA Food & Beverage Class at Linaw Beach Resort

 A BIG THANK YOU to Rotary Club of Panglao Island and Linaw Beach Resort for this memorable opportunity. 

What is True Love?

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Athena
True Love

True Love

What is true love?  Is it what romance novels and Hollywood have led us to believe? Or when the “One” comes along everything becomes a happy ending?   It’s amazing how many believe that to be true.

Anyone who has been married any length of time will tell you, marriage is not for the faint at heart. It’s hard work! Taking two selfish people and putting them together, mix in a healthy dose of in-laws, extended family, past wounds, emotional baggage and you have the makings for the “perfect storm”.  Add children, financial trouble, illness, sinful habits and you soon find out  that stress does not produce character it reveals it.

Many of us spend years in college learning a career or vocation and yet one of the hardest jobs we are called to do – marriage and parenting – we just blindly walk into and try and figure it out as we go along. If you always do what you have always done, you’ll always get what you have always got. That sounds like insanity to me!

Don & Marie Hewett

Don & Marie Hewett

At IDEA we want more for our deaf couples.  Many of them did not  learn a language until they were in their teens or older.  Many were abandoned, abused and isolated for years.  That kind of pain does not just go away, it needs to find a voice and be brought out into the light  where God’s love can heal it.

For the past eight weeks 30 of our deaf couples and many singles attended a weekly Marriage Class taught by Don and Marie Hewett, missionaries who have lived here in the Philippines for 15 years and have taught marriage seminars for years.

They taught our couples how to begin to forgive those who had wronged them.  How to communicate with each other, healthy ways to work through anger, budgeting, family planning and how to really love and respect each other.  As well as what it looks like to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

As a culmination to this training the couples were invited to partake in a Renewal of Vows ceremony held at our Dao Diamond Hotel Santa Fe Hall.  This type of event provided the perfect opportunity to include our Vocational Students from Bohol Deaf Academy and allow them to practice what they’d learned.

Our Food & Beverage Class took the time to pin and drape each of the tables, make the back drops and set the tables and serve the food.   Our baking class prepared 2 wedding cakes and additional cupcakes for the guests.  The carpentry class made a beautiful cake stand to display the cakes and cupcakes. They worked so hard and gave up a long holiday weekend to be there.  It was a beautiful example to them of what could be possible for their future.

Food & Beverage and Baking class from BDA

Food & Beverage and Baking class from BDA

The couples took time to share all they had learned and the skills they now had to make better decisions and choices.

Cutting the cake.

Cutting the cake.

True love was in the room that day.  The kind of loves that chooses to stay with someone and give them another chance even when they don’t deserve it. The kind of love that says I know what I’m getting into and I’m still willing to recommit to giving it another try. There will be ups and downs as they try to implement the new skills they’ve learned but they left with a renewed hope for a bright future and that’s what IDEA is all about!

Agapito & Melisa Amoy

Agapito & Melisa Amoy

 

Determination At Its Finest

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by Athena
Rodrigo Butad, Jonald Rebato, Pelmar Doron

Rodrigo Butad, Jonald Rebato, Pelmar Doron

Having a disability, lack of tools or even a typhoon are not about to stop these young men! Typhoon Haiyan left devastation to IDEA’s dormitory for the Deaf in Ormoc City. The boy’s room suffered the worst damage with the roof blown off and bringing the electrical wiring along with it. IDEA brought in a team to put up the roof but couldn’t set any electrical because the electrical lines in Ormoc City and within the school were badly affected. The children in the dormitory have persevered these long months without any electricity, relying only on flashlights and solar power to be able to see at night (and to communicate with each other). Through partnership with CBM (Christian Blind Mission) renovations for the dormitory began  in July. The first priority was to put back electrical wiring in the boy’s room. It was a blessing that one of the teachers for the deaf, Rodrigo Butad is a TESDA Certified NC II Licensed Electrician, and under his leadership and guidance he and two deaf students were able to set up 22 electrical units in the boy’s room. Jonald John Rebato from Ormoc City and Pelmar Doron from Maasin were his assistants. Butad shares that he chose the two of them because of their potential to be skilled electricians one day. Both students excel in their grade 9 class of Electrical Installation and Maintenance under Mr. Butad. Since they didn’t have a ladder they put the bunk beds on top of each other. In this way, they had room to use their tools and communicate

Stacking bunk beds for a ladder.

Stacking bunk beds for a ladder.

with each other. The staff could only laugh when they learned what they did, but were grateful for their ingenuity and willingness to do whatever it took to get things done.

Jonald Rebato testing the lights with the meter.

Jonald Rebato testing the lights with the meter.

Rebato shared that he helped by checking for short circuits using the voltage meter and aided in inserting wires into PVC pipes. He went on to say that there were times he was confused, but he wanted to learn and help. He dreams of becoming an electrician and hopes to buy his own tools. Now the boys inside the dormitory don’t need to grope in the dark. They are happy that they can see each other at night and now only hope for new electric fans to help keep the mosquitoes at bay. Darkness engulfed them and IDEA feared that it would be difficult to hire electricians due to the shortage of workers. But a midst the challenge, people in the IDEA and deaf family took up the challenge and offered themselves as tools to bring in the light.

Vocational Training Takes on a New Look

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 by Athena

Through donations from our Christmas Catalog and other generous donors we have been able to purchase much needed tools and equipment for our Vocational Training Classes.  With our shop floor recently completed and cabinets built for each section we can now offer training to our Bohol Deaf Academy High School Students. Through the help of our skilled workers and BDA teachers each student is able to learn how to use the tools needed to do the job and actually work on projects that need done for IDEA.
The first part of the training consists of teaching them the vocabulary needed to do the job then the instructor goes over the basics of how to use the tools, how to clean and care for them and the names of each. At the BDA Campus classes are being conducted in Baking with instructors from IDEA’s Garden Cafe.  A Food and Beverage class teaching our students how to work as waiters and waitresses and how to prepare venues for events.  We also offer Fly Tying instruction so they can prepare for jobs at IDEA’s Fishing Products Division. Another fun class is our Performing Arts Class.  These students tried out for the class and will be performing at local malls and resorts performing dances and dramas.  A great way to show the public what the deaf are capable of.


Graphic Arts

Graphic Arts

Sewing Class

Sewing Class

Fly Tying

Fly Tying

Welding Class

Welding Class

Carpentry Class

Carpentry Class