By Amy Tan, Class of 2021
Project Davao an initiative that serves underprivileged communities in Davao City, Philippines alongside their partner NGO, Sowing the Master’s Seed Ministry, embarked on its fifth trip on 9 - 16 July this year. The team consisted of five Year 1s, four Year 2s, four Year 4s and one graduate student and was headed by A/Prof Eric Yap, Dr Winston Kon and Dr Siva.
The team conducted various programmes over the seven days, including free health screenings in two separate communities – Barangay Gumalang and Barangay Magtuod. They performed the following tests: height and weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, distance visual acuity, near visual acuity, urine analysis, followed by consultation by the seniors/doctors.
The team also followed up on Science and Career Education conducted in Langub High School previously in March. The team taught Grade 9 students how to use a Foldscope (a low-cost paper microscope) and gifted each student with their own sponsored Foldscope from a 1-for-1 sale previously held in LKCMedicine. The team also organised a mini career fair for the Grade 8 students where they invited professionals to come down and share their career journeys and university graduates to share about their university courses.
In Barangay Magtuod, the team also conducted door-to-door health education where they shared about diabetes, hypertension and the dangers of smoking and drinking alcohol to the villagers. This culminated in a Zumba session where the team taught the women of Magtuod some moves to stay active and fit. The team also returned to Barangay Mintal where they followed up on the health screening conducted in March by teaching them how to monitor one’s blood pressure and sugar levels.
The team is excited to return in March next year to continue their work in serving the communities of Davao.