YPs to immerse in Tandang Sora communities
TAO-Pilipinas is partnering with Foundation for Development Alternatives (FDA) and Santuario de San Vincente de Paul Parish for the Young Professionals Workshop on Social Housing slated on May 24-29, 2017. A network partner of TAO-Pilipinas, FDA is an NGO with a long track record in community organizing. They have been working with St. Vincent de Paul Parish, through its Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC), to provide awareness and capability building for poor communities in Barangay Tandang Sora under its pastoral ministry.
Santuario de San Vincente de Paul Parish will serve as venue host for the workshop. The lecture sessions of the workshop on May 24-25 and the plenary session on May 29 will be held at the Verandas de San Vicente within the St. Vincent de Paul Seminary Complex in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
The parish area is divided into three smaller sub-areas called “kawan”. The YP participants will be divided into three teams and will immerse in the three kawans of the parish during the fieldwork part of the workshop on May 26-28. The YP teams will conduct community consultation-workshops and will stay in the community for two nights with host families. FDA and the parish BEC leaders are helping make the logistical arrangements for the community-based activities and are coordinating with host families to facilitate the YPs’ stay in the community.
Moreover, fifteen BEC leaders will be the YPs’ co-participants throughout the 6-day program. The BEC leaders will join the YPs teams as they conduct simultaneous consultation-workshops in the three kawans. These workshops will focus on the theme, “Planning for Climate and Disaster-resilient Urban Poor Communities”, to come up with community-led strategies and action plans.