The e-Learning Group – UK, an organization of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) based in London, caught the World Cup fever by launching its own successful, whole day of fun, native games and food galore on 8 July 2018 at the famous Kensington Gardens – a stone’s throw away from the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The e-Learning Group UK is an organisation of OFWs who have benefited from the Skills Training and Reintegration programs of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA) London. The e-LG was organized by the OFWs themselves in partnership with POLO – OWWA London in September 2009. Since then, the partnership has continued to grow and provide wholesome and exciting development activities for OFWs.
Through the Reintegration Training Programs of POLO, the e-LG work hand in hand with other Filipino organisations to help its members obtain and upgrade productive and marketable skills, such as knowledge and skills in Basic Computer; Hairdressing; Culinary Arts; Woman’s Accessories-Making; Flower Arrangement; Sewing; Barista; Photography; Skin Care & Make-Up Application; Meat-Processing; Baking & Cold Dessert Preparation; Crochet & Cross-Stitching; Soap, Fruit & Vegetables Carving; Leadership and Financial Literacy, to name a few. The OFWs whose employment contracts have been verified or registered by POLO and who have become OWWA members can learn from and join these courses free of charge and start to earn extra income for themselves and their families. They could also use them as foundation for venturing into business.
The e-LG also hold fundraising events to help finance OFW- welfare oriented projects, such as the “Tuloy Aral Program” under the auspices of the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA), which helps the children of marginalised people in the Philippines, especially those related to OFWs, who are talented, but with less opportunity of getting proper education. The e-LG Sport’s Day on the 8th of July 2018 at the Kensington Garden, London was held to raise funds for this cause. Different party games & mini sports activities like Badminton, “Longest Line”, Soft-drinking Contest, “Mary Went to Market”, Sack Race, Sinking the Boat, Mud Painting, Tube & Needle Relay, Newspaper Dance, Pass the Marble, Balloon Popping & Breaking the Pot, were participated in by young ones and once (or the young at heart). The attendees had so much fun and excitement, and their camaraderie was renewed and strengthened. The group also had a picnic where everyone shared their own “baon” which consisted of foods from different Philippine regional cuisines. Some members brought in “Halo-halo”, ice candy, “adobong mani” (fried salted peanut), Atsara (pickled Papaya fruit), Chicken /beef longganisa (native sausage) for sale among the attendees, with a percentage of sales going to the e-LG fund.
the Philippine Embassy- London was represented at the event by the Head of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – London: Labor Attaché Reydeluz Conferido, who awarded the winners of the games.