Children are mirrors of our own dreams,
wishes and fears. Watching them at play brings back memories of our own childhood, and causes us to ask questions about our
own life’s purpose.
But what if the child you were faced with was missing a voice, can’t speak or hear, or slow in development especially
in mental aspects? What questions would you think? What would you feel? How these special children regarded as helpless beings
that needs special care and treatment. They normally get the least attention from society as they are wrongly perceived to
be unproductive and unworthy of attention.
When FDC was conceptualized, the group shared the same vision, mission and goals. Having the same ideals, every member
contributed some activities reaching out to other/far places.
It was on July 18, 2004, a recollection for the especial children was
held at Sto. Niņo Church, in Tacloban, City. It was facilitated by Fr. Hozo S. Sato, OFM, FDC director with the aid his members - three Deaf
and three Hearing interpreters.
Sto Niņo Church, Tacloban City is a community based organization. Its programs encompass personality interaction, good leadership, social responsibility
enrichment, with deepen prayerful life – that is to follow our model St. Francis of Assisi.
FDC aims to reach out the youth and
communicate the Deaf “in gospel message”, in a child-friendly manner and appropriate way. It provides peer to
peer sharing on the center of the topic about “RECONCILIATION” and seeks to restore the youth’s faith and
trust in their community.
The small group of interaction composed
of the Deaf in different grade levels, illiterate and mental retarded group. The persons who handled were the following:
- High School and Deaf adult group
Josephine de la Peňa - Grade IV Deaf
Myra Fe Fulguerinas
- illiterate group Grade level
1 – 4
- Grade V Deaf group
- Grade VI Deaf group
Hyline Asayas - MR group
The participants who attended the
recollection were about 54 deaf and 6 mentally challenge persons. Some parents of the deaf were there to accompany their child.
After the sharing, short reflection was done, basic prayer teaching - Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be. Then, an individual
confession followed and the last activity was a Eucharistic Prayer officiated by Fr. Sato, Ofm. During the gospel, the readings
were presented by short performances by the members of FDC.
The recollection was ended by a gathering
at Densum restaurant and together ate our lunch. That was our mission - successfully achieved.
A mission is a journey. Mission is molding. Mission is bringing people together.
That’s what we are.
It is important that we earned their
trust to fully understand their conditions and to reach out to them and equip them with information on ways to go on their
Despite the opposition and challenges, FDC had remained firm on its stead, eventually earning respect and support of
the people in their community.