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Launching of Batang Atikha Book Series

The Batang Atikha Book Series features stories written by children of OFWs, drawn out of their own experiences. Partner schools of Atikha have short-listed their students with good potentials in story writing and they were further given free training creative writing and tips in story book writing. The students submitted their entries on themes that are relevant to children of OFWs such as: a) understanding realities of work abroad, b) savings consciousness, and c) addressing communication gap. The screening committee of Atikha selected the stories that will be featured in Atikha Book Series from the entries submitted by the children of migrants.

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Atikha OFW Helpline in Cooperation with Stichting Habagat & Wilde Ganzen of Netherlands Distributed Relief Goods for Victims of Typhoon Ondoy! Atikha OFW Helpline in Cooperation with Stichting Habagat & Wilde Ganzen of Netherlands Distributed Relief Goods for Victims of Typhoon Ondoy!
By Mathet Daya & Ninia Bayubay

Everyone saw on television the footages taken during the onslaught of the storm. Almost 90% of Metro Manila, Rizal and Laguna are deeply flooded. Thousands of families were left homeless. Many lost their loved ones and properties. Atikha sympathized with our people devastated by Typhoon Ondoy.

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Family, food, money cause women OFWs stress
By Veronica Uy ( First Posted 14:55:00 11/17/2009

MANILA, Philippines – Family expectations, money, relationship with employers, and food and religious beliefs in host country are five of the most common causes of stress among women overseas Filipino workers.

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Kids of OFWs Help ‘Ondoy’ Victims
By Maricar Cinco (Philippine Daily Inquirer) First Posted 21:04:00 11/04/2009

WHILE EVERYONE else was busy swapping ticket stubs for food rations, Mark Harold Alejandre, a Grade 5 pupil, was minding his own business during the distribution of the relief packs.

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LGUs Tapped to Teach OFWs on Handling Funds
By Maricar Cinco (Inquirer Southern Luzon) First Posted 21:48:00 11/01/2009

“The OFW (overseas Filipino worker) leaves the country to earn with a promise to return after some time. But this does not happen. He or she needs to stay longer abroad because the ones left here splurge the remittances (hence) there are no savings. And worse, (it could result in) disintegration of the families,” says Mai Añonuevo, executive director of the Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative.

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Migrants’ Children Struggle with Absence of Loved Ones
According to various UNICEF studies, children of Filipino overseas workers bear the brunt of the 'painful effects' of separation
By Girlie Linao AFP , SAN PABLO CITY, PHILIPPINES Thursday, Oct 08, 2009, Page 14

Jocelyn Banez doesn’t know how to tell her mother that she will not graduate with her class after missing all but nine days last year at a private high school in the Philippines. I just didn’t want to study, said the 16-year-old, who spoke on the condition of being identified by a false name. I also spent a big bulk of my tuition money to go out with friends, buy all the things I wanted and drink with my friends.

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Training of Trainers on Financial Literacy Training of Trainers on Financial Literacy - August 3 - 7, 2009
Rebuild Resources Back for Family, Community and Country

August 3, Rome, Italy-A five-day training course begins today among 20 leaders of Filipino diaspora and migrant communities from Rome, Milan, Turin and Napoli to address the need to improve the level of financial literacy among Overseas Filipinos and OFW’s. The participants take advantage of their week-long vacation, coinciding with their employers’ family holidays to acquire learning as trainors and counselors on wise spending, savings and investments.

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NGO Rebuilds OFW Families
By Maricar Cinco (Southern Luzon Bureau) Posted date: March 15, 2009

SAN PABLO CITY – Atikha, which literally means “to slowly rebuild” in old Tagalog, is one organization’s way of helping rebuild the families of migrant Filipino workers.

Believing that “investments” are not only financial concerns but also emotional and social issues, a group of migrant returnees founded the Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative Inc. in 1996.

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BASC Annual Congress 2009 a Big Success BASC Annual Congress 2009 a Big Success - February 21, 2009 / March 14, 2009

Batang Atikha Savers Club held its Annual Congress in Mabini, Batangas, last February 21, 2009 at Mabini Covered Court. The purpose of this event is to foster stronger bond of friendship and camaraderie amongst the members, encourage active participation and invite more children to join BASC. This years Congress in Mabini was sponsored by Children’s Hour Philippines, AusAid PACAP, Bangko Kabayan, and the local government of Mabini, Batangas.

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Atikha Joins Lingap sa Pitong Lawa Project 747 Atikha Joins Lingap sa Pitong Lawa Project 747

Atikha joins Lingap sa Pitong Lawa Community Foundation in spearheading Project 747. Project 747 was launched by Lingap sa Pitong Lawa last July 4, 2008. It is a campaign to raise P 7 million for social development projects that support initiatives on entrepreneurship, education and environment protection. Project 747 is fostering community spirit of the various sectors including overseas Filipinos to join hands and be part of the initiative in making San Pablo a progressive and environment friendly place.

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