March is Women’s Month Celebration by: LEL Mingoa

“Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!” is this year’s theme for the celebration of International Women’s Month. It implies that women play a significant role in every aspect of life.

Ang•Hortaleza Foundation, Inc.(AHFI) took part in the celebration by giving free haircut to women of Barangay Masambong, Quezon City on March 7, 2015. The activity was in partnership with De La Salle University – Center for Social Concerns and Actions (COSCA) as part of their Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) under the National Service Training Program (NSTP) headed by Ms. Josephine Gabriel-Banaag as their CWTS Facilitator. Five (5) AHFI trainers headed by Program Officer LEL Mingoa rendered a 6-hour free haircutting session for the women beneficiaries of DLSU COSCA – CWTS.

They were organized thru Kababaihang Yumayabong Tungko sa Kagalingan (KAYUMANGGI), a partner organization of COSCA in the said area. Most of the women beneficiaries are victims of the devastating fire incident on January 1, 2015 just a few hours after the New Year’s celebration.

With this activity, DLSU COSCA and AHFI worked together to lessen the trauma brought about by the unfortunate event by changing their hairstyles thereby giving new hope and refreshing aura among these women. About 58 women of all ages, a few men and 38 children of both genders have benefitted the “Libreng Gupit”.
As expressed by one of the fire victim, “maam pasensya na po at matitigas po ang buhok ng mga nasunugan. Kahit papano, mabago ang aming itsura” (with apologies mam, our hair is dry and damaged as our burnt houses. At least today, we will have a make-over).

AHFI team headed by Program Officer, Lel Mingoa (center) with DLSU COSCA students

Another event on haircutting was held on March 10, 2015 at the National Center for Mental Health, Mandaluyong City. This was headed by the Women and Children Protection Unit (WCPU) of the said Institution in celebration of its annual Women’s Month. As they provide responsive and comprehensive  health services to  the mentally challenged, the WCPU also maintain and look after the welfare of their employees. During this event, the women employees were pampered with personal care services: manicure, pedicure, haircut, among others. The services rendered by ten (10) beauticians are from the mother’s class of St. Paul College of Makati in Brgy. Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City, who are also graduates of Ang●Hortaleza Foundation’s “Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko” livelihood training.

The mother’s class of St. Paul College of Makati is headed by their social worker, Ms. Kristine Anne Patel.