Every now and then, we get requests from charitable organizations to help them out. While we acknowledge that everyone has a story to share, this one hit close to the HEART.
Pardon the pun, I couldn’t help it.
VSO, an international volunteer organization, approached us and asked if we could help spread the word on their HEART campaign. It’s an event that will be launching in the Terraces, Ayala on July 4-5, 2015.
To tell you more about it, we did a quick interview with one of the volunteers, Regina Agustin.
Zerothreetwo: What is the HEART Campaign?
Regina: The H.E.A.R.T. Campaign or Help End Abusive Relationships Today aims to raise awareness to men, women and the LGBTQ community about healthy relationships and to point out warning signs of verbal and emotional abuse from partners. The campaign will cover real life stories of people who have been in abusive relationships, and show empowerment solutions on how to break away from abusive relationships. The campaign helps anyone, all genders and all ages.
One fundamental part of the campaign is the awareness talk called “Hear the H.E.A.R.T.” which targets the youth as the audience. We believe that it is essential to educate the youth about healthy relationships to break the cycle of abusive relationships. The sessions conducted are guided by a kit created by the HEART administrators. This “Hear the H.E.A.R.T.” Kit can be made available to anyone upon request for free. This way individuals and groups interested in this campaign can conduct the awareness talk in their own communities. We believe this is a sustainable action for the campaign.
We have activities lined-up for our campaign launch this weekend in Ayala. We will be selling bracelets and dream catchers made by the Haven women (Proceeds will directly go to the women). Campaign shirts are to be sold as well which are designed by Sam Despi and Geraldine Sy, upcoming young graphic artists of Cebu. In the afternoon, graffiti street artists Hardchick and Karingkay will be doing a Live Art Painting for the HEART Campaign. Their artwork will reflect the message of the campaign.
As for Sunday, Rebel Fingerboards will hold a fingerboard competition (entrance fee per competitor is Php 50). Information booth of the HEART campaign will run from Saturday to Sunday. All sponsors have agreed to offer their services for free or donate their proceeds from the event to Haven.
Can you tell us more about the Haven Women’s Shelter?
This campaign was inspired by the women in DSWD’s women shelter called Haven. Haven is a center for women operated and maintained by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII located at Camomot-Franza Road, Labangon, Cebu City.
- To safeguard, protect and uphold women’s welfare through provision of immediate and relevant services
- To provide therapeutic activities/services to help women cope with the crisis and restore normal functioning and enhance coping capabilities
- To provide intermediary effort between women and their families and among the community to pave for reunification and re-integration
- To provide opportunities for the acquisition of skills, preparing women to become economically sufficient, socially responsible and independent when necessary
- To collaborate and coordinate with GOs and NGOs, in service delivery and establish a purposive and functional working relationship
- Victims of involuntary prostitution
- Victims of illegal recruitment
- Battered/physically abused women
- victims of sexual abuse, rape and incest
- Women in detention
- Women victims of armed conflict
On July 4-5, lend a helping hand and visit the HEART Campaign Launch in the Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu. Help make the world a better place.
If you want to learn more, visit their Facebook page.