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PEACE CORPS PORTFOLIO Larry J Galante Casa Miani-Arvedi, Home for Boys Dumaguete City, Philippines 2012-2014

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    Larry J Galante Casa Miani-Arvedi, Home for Boys

    Dumaguete City, Philippines 2012-2014

  • PCV Larry J Galante - Batch 271, CYF

  • Background of Site Placement

    Larry J. Galante was assigned to Casa Miani-Arvedi (CMA), Home for Boys,

    as a Youth Development Facilitator. Casa Miani is a residential facility that

    provides assistance to orphans, street children, and boys that have been

    abandoned/neglected, or come from extremely poor families. Casa Miani-

    Arvedi, located in Barangay Talay, Dumaguete City, is a faith-based, non-

    governmental organization run by the Somascan Fathers. It is one of five

    Somascan orphanages in the Philippines, and just one of many worldwide.

    There are currently 22 boys living at Casa Miani, ranging from ages 6 to 16.

    Casa Miani provides educational assistance, a caring-family environment,

    character formation, skills development, and support for employability.

    Larrys primary responsibilities at Casa Miani were to organize activities to

    empower youth by developing the boys skills, enhancing self-esteem, and

    building confidence. He initiated programs for theater arts and life skills,

    taught English and piano during summers, utilized networking skills to

    coordinate special workshops with NGOs, and assisted with organizational

    development projects to enhance the centers overall operations.

  • The boys and staff of Casa Miani-Arvedi

  • PCVs Activities & Accomplishments

    Provided daily academic tutorials to assist the boys in school

    assignments, focusing on subjects of English, Mathematics, & Science.

    Co-facilitated life skills activities tailored to different age groups.

    Co-facilitated a Life Skills Training of Trainers (TOT) to 13 high school

    boys to initiate the Peer Facilitated Life Skills program.

    Adapted a Career Guidance Manual and game to assist graduating high

    school students of Negros Oriental in planning their future.

    Taught English and Piano during the 2013 & 2014 Summer Programs.

    Initiated the annual Casa Olympics sports tournament.

    Co-facilitated two rsum writing workshops for the college and

    graduating high school boys.

    Coordinated special workshops with partner NGOs, including

    Sustainable Masculinity, First Aid & CPR, and Theater Arts.

    Initiated and carried out the project, Theater Arts for Youth

    Empowerment resulting in the production of an original musical play.

  • Activities at Casa Miani-Arvedi

    Left: PCV Larry Galante gives piano lessons during the 2014 CMA Summer Program

    Right: Men Against Violence-Amlan (MAVA) facilitates a workshop on Sustainable

    Masculinity for the Casa Miani boys

  • PCV Larry Galante co-facilitates a life skills activity with his counterpart, focusing

    on teamwork, communication, and problem solving.

    Activities at Casa Miani-Arvedi

  • Outputs

    28 youth participated in 24 Life Skills activities enhancing social,

    cognitive, and emotional skills.

    11 youth leaders conducted 12 Peer Facilitated Life Skills activities

    focusing on self-awareness, interpersonal relationships, conflict

    resolution, and assertiveness.

    4 youth participated in Career Guidance sessions, 2 enrolled in college

    courses of their choosing and 2 enrolled in TESDA vocational courses.

    2 youth applied for the Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippine

    Development (PCAFPD) Scholarship and both were awarded full

    scholarships for college tuition and fees.

    7 youth participated in rsum writing workshops, and 3 applied for and

    gained summer employment through the Philippine Employment Service

    Organization (PESO).

    28 youth participated in the Theater Arts for Youth Empowerment

    project, creating an original musical play that gathered an audience of

    over 300 community members for the final performance.

  • A Casa Miani boy demonstrating the output of a Peer Facilitated Life Skills

    session on self-awareness.

  • All twenty-eight boys, ages 6 to 21, were involved in the Theater Arts for Youth

    Empowerment Project held at Casa Miani-Arvedi.

  • Organizational Development PCV Larry Galante worked side-by-side with his counterpart, the CMA social

    worker, to enhance the delivery of social services and improve operations

    of the center, including:

    Comprehensive revision and updating of Casa Miani-Arvedis Manual of

    Operations and Child Protection Policy.

    Revision of Casa Miani-Arvedis VMG (Vision, Mission, Goal) and

    creation of the staff organizational chart.

    Content updates for the CMA website.

    Preparation of documents, organization of files, and updating of case

    studies for compliance with the Philippines Department of Social

    Welfare, Standards Bureau for Accreditation.

    Co-facilitation of Life Skills activities, Career Guidance sessions, and

    Employability workshops.

    For these organizational development projects, the entire staff often

    worked together to collaborate & create cohesive materials for the center.

  • Project Proposals

    Larry was successful in writing and submitting several project proposals for

    grant funding, as well as soliciting private donations:

    United States Embassy Club: 27,500 php

    Silliman University - American Studies Resource Center: 5,000 php

    Private donors: 15,000 php

    In-kind donations: Sports equipment, shoes, clothes, school supplies

  • In-kind donations solicited by PCV Larry Galante: school supplies and shoes to

    support the educational needs of the boys of Casa Miani.

  • Project Spotlight: Theater Arts Larry partnered with Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts (YATTA) to organize

    several theater arts workshops at Casa Miani. These workshops resulted in the

    production of an original musical play, entitled BANGON. The production was

    intended to enhance the boys creative skills, express emotions in a therapeutic

    manner, and improve self-esteem. Most importantly, it was the boys renewed

    belief in themselves that proved to be the most valuable benefit of the project.

    As a whole, the community at Casa Miani-Arvedi benefitted from this project

    through a sense of unity and improved cooperation among the boys. During the

    intensive process of creating the play, the boys learned the importance of


    communication and teamwork. In order to

    produce a successful performance, the

    boys needed to listen to each other and

    their artistic mentors. No amount of life

    skills activities could have produced the

    same invaluable lessons of respect that

    the boys learned through their

    participation in theater arts.

  • The cast of BANGON dancing and singing one of three original songs composed

    for the theater production.

    Project Spotlight: Theater Arts

  • Cover designs by PCV Larry Galante for the official DVD of the final

    performance of BANGON.

    Project Spotlight: Theater Arts

  • Project Spotlight: Career Guidance In order to provide Casa Mianis graduating high school students with the

    necessary information to plan their futures, Larry created several resources

    for Career Guidance. The first item was adapted from the work of Matthew

    P. Schmidgall (PCV Batch 270) who had created a Career Action Guide to

    help Filipino students choose a course and plan their future. With

    Matthews permission, Larry adapted the guide to help students residing in

    Negros Oriental, Central Visayas. The guide includes college tips, a

    directory listing all post-secondary institutions in the province, available

    scholarships, and detailed information on 65 different courses.

    To go along with the Career Action Guide, Larry also re-created the Course

    Finder Game. This was an interactive way for students to self-assess their

    skills and interests in order to determine potential college courses to study.

    Individualized career guidance sessions were co-facilitated by Larry and his

    counterpart to help the 4 graduating high school students determine

    potential courses to pursue in a four-year college or short course with

    TESDA. Ultimately, the boys were able to learn more about their careers of

    choice and make informed decisions for their future.

  • The interactive Course Finder Game, with its bounded companion, the Career Action Guide,

    adapted by PCV Larry Galante to help students better plan their future course and career.

    Project Spotlight: Career Guidance

  • Secondary Project In coordination with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), Larry organized a

    volunteer trip to build homes with Habitat Philippines in Metro Manila. He

    recruited 12 volunteers from the United States to volunteer in the Philippines for

    one week. They were required to fundraise a certain amount, but many went

    above and beyond, ultimately leading the team to raise one million pesos (more

    than $23,000 USD) for Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

    Coordinating with his counterpart at Habitat Philippines, Larry arranged all the

    trip logistics for the volunteers (i.e. transportation, hotel, meals, educational &

    cultural activities, etc.). The build site was located in Payatas, Quezon City in a

    community called Bistekville 1. The families that were being assisted by Habitat

    Philippines were survivors of floods in Manila and had recently lost their homes.

    Five days were dedicated to volunteering on the build site, assisting in the

    construction of affordable housing units. Larrys team worked hand-in-hand with

    Filipino volunteers, partner families, and skilled workers to construct three units

    of housing. Larrys team accomplished the following: the hauling of +2,000

    hollow blocks, 5 cubic meters of sand, and the complete brick-laying and

    plastering of three homes. The project reinforced a sense of volunteerism, and

    allowed Americans to witness poverty and development first hand.

  • Top: Larry together with his Habitat volunteer team and local children

    Bottom: Before & after shots of the site, showing the 3 units built by the team


    Larry can be contacted at [email protected]