In recent posts I hinted at adopting a greater leadership role on my team at IT Tender. Now that it's official, I can publicly share the news... I am now the Director of IT Tender. Starting today and as long as God will guide me, I will oversee all of the Tender team's programs. This includes the SLC preschool, the ALS program for out-of-school youth, the sponsorship program for elementary/secondary students, the nightlife program for abandoned and runaway street kids, and the feeding program for malnourished kids amongst our partner communities/churches. If that's not enough, by God's grace we hope to soon launch the SMART Kids program for toddlers, though we're temporary delaying the launch to cope up with the transition. Besides overseeing our programs, my role as team leader includes networking with churches/organizations, guiding and counseling my staff, fundraising and approving the dispersement of donations, seeking effective strategies/visions, connecting with our supporters, and orienting our visitors/volunteers.
|My mentors and leaders pray over me as the new Director of IT Tender at the Turn-Over Ceremony (behind me from left to right: Pastor John Basiwa, Pastor Joshua Benavidez, Pastor Gani Sison, Ate Gela Basiwa)|
|My team at IT Tender! (left to right: Ate Lorna Carro, Cecille De Jesus, Jizza Magallanes, Jamielyn Torres - "in training", me, Gabby Malquisto; missing from photo is IT UK missionary Karin Jose)|
|Jesus our Hope Church proudly shows the certificates from our training seminar.|
Please join me in this vision to provide an education and a better future for our Filipino brothers and sisters. 13 years ago, the vision began when Pastor John and Ate Gela started bringing bread to the streets to feed youth addicted to sniffing solvents. Today, IT Tender feeds, teachers, and trains hundreds of street children and youth in multiple communities. I know that God has greater plans for IT Tender in the future. If we continue on with perseverance and faith, I wouldn't be surprised if one day God provided a complete school for us to see street children progress from pre-school to high school and to technical trainings that would develop their talents as skilled professionals and leaders. ...I'll start writing that into our 10-year plan.
Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement!
Director of IT Tender
Caring for street children ~ Isaiah 58:10