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Kuya Fish Campaign holds Divisoria outreach

It was sort of a reunion for the dozens of Kuya Fish Campaign volunteers who initiated a feeding program and an impromptu art class for street kids at Magsaysay Park. The more than 20 kids were also entertained by a Christian rock band, human beatboxing, hiphop presentation and human statue dancing courtesy of CDO Beatbox. There was also an installation art erected by Dire Husi Initiatives as well as a freedom wall painting.

What transpired was actually a mere figment of what Kuya Fish Campaign has been doing. According to president Mary Kris Gebe, their group composed mostly of Xavier University Education students and graduates had already assisted tutoring school-aged children at Tahanan ng Kabataan and House of Joshua aside from the Badjaos at St. John Elementary School in sitio Tabaco, barangay Puntod.

This summer, Kuya Fish Campaign will initiate its 4th Summer Tide or Training Individuals for Development and Enjoyment at Island Kids Philippines Foundation near the Zayas open garbage pit.

Kuya Fish Campaign was started in early 2012 by a young Japanese volunteers by the name of Issey Tanaka who came here in the aftermath of tropical storm Sendong which left thousands dead in the city. At the time, the kid survivors would mispronounce his name and call him “Kuya Isda” (the vernacular for “fish”). The English-speaking Japanese decided to call his relief drive Kuya Fish Campaign and extended to helping marginalized kids in the city. After Tanaka went back to Japan when the situation here stabilized, Xavier University student-volunteers took off from his initiative and continued it.

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