The Scholarship Program started the School Year 2011-2012 with 80 scholars: 17 in college, 30 in high school and 33 in elementary. Three (3) livelihood modules were also offered for the same year: Basic Electricity with 18 students; Cosmetics with 42 students and Computer Literacy with 16 students. ALS (Alternative Learning System) classes were also offered for adults and out-of-school youth who would like to get Elementary and High School Diploma. There was also Tutorial Program to help the scholars to reach the goals of their studies since they come from poor families whose parents lack enough educational background to guide them. All these activities are in line with NMLC’s objective of helping build the community of Tambo. An assembly with the parents of the scholars settled the needs and the cooperation of the group.
On August we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of Mary with a vigil for the whole community of NMLC. It was very helpful to create friendship and to deepen on the devotion to Mary Our Lady as well as the spiritual life of the people.
On the evening of September 7 we had also another vigil to celebrate the birthday of Mary Our Lady.
These celebrations had given a deep sense of community to the scholars, kinder students and parents of both the Scholarship and Preschool Programs. It was also a great opportunity to interiorize the strong devotion to Mary so rooted in the Filipino people.
We ended the first semester with a culmination of the Month of the Holy Rosary that was October.
On November 21, Feast of the Presentation of the Child Mary in the Temple, NMLC celebrated its Foundation Day. The Feast of the Niña Maria is the cornerstone of NMLC community…a time of grace and new life. Less than a month after, Cagayan de Oro was hit by Typhoon Sendong and files of the 2011 celebration were all destroyed.
December 16, 20122 was Advent Recollection for the parents. It was a great moment of prayer and faith sharing. They also appreciated the Sacrament of the Reconciliation. That very night the tropical storm Sendong erupted in the life of the people of Cagayan de Oro. Sitios Tambo and Calacala, two areas where families of our kinder pupils and scholars lived, were heavily affected. Sendong devastated Tambo and its surroundings. No more Christmas Party! Only the kindergarten was able to celebrate it on December 15, 2011. The school was very much affected.
Cleaning NMLC was a very hard job. People from different organizations helped us; even we had Sr. Ernestine, ODN from California, USA and several friends from the Diocese of Orange extended us a special helping hand… in cleaning, for emotional support and financial help.
(to be continued)