A newly-formed partnership with Ateneo De Manila University(ADMU) has lead to exciting learning opportunities and activities on urban farming for our students. ADMU connected a group of international foreign exchange student volunteers from Hong Kong, Norway, India, Mexico, and Singapore with Sparrow Music. They are members of AEISIC, an international not-for-profit organization that provides young people with leadership development and cross-cultural global internship and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe.
The volunteers showed our kids ways they can grow plants and crops using limited growing space. They also taught about hygiene, nutrition, shared healthy and eating habits, and facilitated group activities and recreational games.
Five members of the team were kind enough to share their reflections of their experience with us.
“Working with the kids from Sparrow Music has been absolutely delightful. A learning experience I'll never forget, interacting with and getting to know all these amazingly talented kids. We visited them regularly to teach them about nutrition and urban farming, but it was kind of like they were teaching us, too! They were so happy and full of light, not to mention exuberant and keen to learn. What I loved about them was how they were so content with whatever little they had; and their openness to embrace strangers. My experience with Sparrow Music is one that I'll always cherish.”
- Radhika Sheth
“Getting to know everyone at Sparrow Music was a blessing in my life. Interacting and playing with the students gave me the opportunity to give, love, and share unconditionally. Apart from teaching, witnessing the students' and volunteers' passion in music and unselfishly serving God was also a learning experience
“My experience at Sparrow Music was truly something worth to remember. From the lessons we conducted to the songs we sang to getting our hands dirty from urban farming, each activity had its own special highlights. The ambience and interaction we had over there with the kids always had me looking forward to every visit. We knew that not only they can learn from us, but we, too, can learn from them, especially the Tagalog language. Mahal kita(I love you), Sparrow kids!”
“My experience with Sparrow Music has been nothing short of amazing. I would never forget their warm hospitality that they had given us since the first day of work. It was a joy to be teaching these talented children about the basics of urban farming and nutrition.
I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with Sparrow Music Center and I thank them for all the wonderful memories we have shared.”
"We learned a lot from our time working with the kids at Sparrow Music. Our experience was a reflection of our childhood fun and memories we experienced when we were their age. The most unbelievable thing was their devotion to God and following the good qualities that are needed to be selfless human beings. We enjoyed sharing with them all aspects of urban farming, and nutrition and health, despite language barriers. Aside from these, witnessing the students’ passion in music was also surprising as we’d never seen children knowing music at that capacity. Way to go Sparrow kids!!"