On Monday April 29 I went to the American Museum of Natural History for the 2013 YouthCaN environmental conference. What a great day! The theme this year was Helping Underwater Environments. SEED had seven schools from around the world presenting water-related projects via videoconference.
Congratulations to Julito Velasco and Iron Patrick Primor for their successful presentation during the YouthCan last April 29, 2013. Their topic was entitled Pasig River: Dead or Alive, An Update to the World Youth. It was indeed another exciting evening for all of us.
Continuous innovation of technology really helps people in all aspects. Gathering of information can be as fast as "1...2...3." Through advanced technological devices, people can communicate no matter how far they are from each other.
Thanks to the betterment brought by advanced technology, we have now participated in YouthCan 2013. We were able to talk to the SEED students from New York City even though we're on the other side of the globe - in Quezon City, Philippines.
God is good all the time!
We are just through with our executive meeting with the QHS SEED students waiting for the approval of our title presentation "Pasig River - Dead or Alive: An Update to the World Youth" for the upcoming YouthCaN 2013, April 29 at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, USA.
Our presentation is of documentary type involving research and field reports and actual interviews with local government officials on their continued actions to preserve and rehabilitate the river, including those in the DENR.
We got an early start today (6:45 AM!) because it is a long drive to SMK Seri Kundang from our hotel. Our team is made of former SEED student Simon Lim and myself plus three volunteers: our beloved Doreah (former SEED coordinator), the energetic Lily Ngeau (DCS), and the handsome Abdul Hanan (CSL) who looks like a young Malaysian Johnny Depp.
We were welcomed by the school "Kompang" the traditional Malaysian drummers, young men dressed in colorful clothes. This school has 1,300 students and is built in one large rectangular building 4 stories high with a large courtyard in the middle.
As culture demands it, here I was invited to make a speech in which I mentioned the entire SEED staff and the volunteers who make SEED possible. The students were excited because it is the first time they have seen a white woman, other than on TV!
We just started the water testing in the school lab surrounded by 37 eager students,12 teachers, head of the parents association, and the headmistress (pictured with me at right), going back and forth between English and Bahasa, pairing each students' group with a teacher and one of us.
Praise be to God for another year He has permitted to Quirino High School Teams - A really resounding success!
I want to show you more of the YouthCaN projects from SEED schools. I was not able to attend these presentations, because they occurred at the same time as the ones I attended. But I heard from our director Simone Amber and former SEED student Hafiz Azizi that these presentations were equally impressive.
I attended the 2012 YouthCan conference at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on Monday April 2nd. It was fantastic! I was there with Simone, Susan, and Annette. Dreamteam! We're represent the SEED organization and we have a SEED table in the exhibition area in the museum where we put all the project descriptions from the SEED schools that delivered their presentations via skype to be displayed for the participants.