Sir Camille and the French Volunteers

by Edlyn Ortega-Burgonio I was in my second year of working (in 1997) when I stumbled upon a magazine article (in Sunday Inquirer) about Fr Pierre Tritz, SJ and his work especially in Tondo, Manila. Growing up in Tondo and studying in the University of the Philippines did something to my conscience.  I felt the…

Atty. Gem and Dr. Millennial

by Edlyn Ortega-Burgonio I was a volunteer for ERDA SaBaNa in the late 1990s. I tried to tutor children in Math. I became brave in assisting them to learn Math because I was having better grades in Statistics in graduate school than in my undergraduate course. I also invited my boyfriend then who was a…

Retreat and Teambuilding

by Edlyn Ortega-Burgonio I think the ERDA Retreat and Teambuilding have been perfectly scheduled. We, the ERDA staff, would have the Retreat first. Then, we would have the Teambuilding. I missed a few of the retreats because of unavoidable family activities. There were also retreats that I could still remember. I liked the retreat by…

Filinvest

FIlinvest by Ate Edlyn The Gotianun family especially Mr Andrew Sr and Mrs Mercedes, is a close friend of Fr Tritz, SJ. I believe that because of this deep friendship, their Filinvest has been supporting the ERDA children for around 15 years. And I am glad to learn that one of their children is Mrs…

AEM and Pag-Asa

by Edlyn Ortega-Burgonio I like the ERDA benefactors. Every year, I see the representatives of Pag-Asa Group of Japan. They would fly to the Philippines to meet the ERDA children and youth whose education they are sponsoring. I would hear the students tell their struggles and triumphs in school. The Representatives would be so happy…

Virgie and Joniel

by Ate Edlyn I first encountered Virginia Flores and Joniel Ferrer in a Leadership Training where I also accompanied other ERDA children and youth from a partner community of BK-ReSToRe. BK-ReSToRe was my first assignment in ERDA. It was ERDA’s project for children who had conflict with the law. My experiences in this project would…