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Good Shepherd Bazaar opens October 24
in Quezon City

Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 24/10/2014

A two-day Good Shepherd Bazaar opens today at the Good Shepherd Convent in Quezon City. This is supervised by the  St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation, Inc. (SMEIDFI).

The Bazaar features bags, pouch bags greeting cards, friendship bands, rosaries, icons, and food items.
Participating in the Bazaar are the different communities with programs that help women and children through economic justice initiatives. Among the groups represented are Bahay Pastulan in Tagaytay, Alay Kapwa in Manila, Welcome House, Bukid Kabataan, Legazpi, Iligan, RGS-COW (Center for Overseas Workers) in Davao. 

During the opening of the Bazaar, Ms. Dulcy Balatero, marketing consultant, acknowledged the collaboration of sisters, and women and friends in ensuring the success of this project, that of empowering women in the disadvantaged communities.

The teenage girls at the Ruhama Center led the prayers through interpretative dance.

Sr. Ailyn Binco, chief executive officer of SMEIDFI, lauded the hard work of women in the different communities and in offering products of good quality to customers. She said that the Economic Justice Project is a social enterprise activity in collaboration with International Good Shepherd Foundation in response to the growing concern of economic stability of its beneficiaries, particularly the women and girls.

Ms. Claire Ann Arellano, marketing personnel  of EMPOWERING FILIPINO ARTISANS OUT OF POVERTY (EFAP) said that  holding the bazaar at the Good Shepherd Convent is also an affirmation and support of the work that women do and an invitation to Good Shepherd friends to support the programs.  Several bazaars Good Shepherd Bazaars have been held in different venues in the National Capital Region.

Srs. Ailyn, Sr. Ananita Borbon of the Ministry Team and Sr. Regina Kuzon, province leader of the Good Shepherd Sisters in the Philippines, led the untying of ribbon that formally opens the bazaar.

EFAP, organized by the Mission Development Office (MDO)  in Rome in 2013, in coordination with SMEIDFI assists in developing, and marketing various income generating handcrafting projects developed by their women and girls.

MDO consultants, Valentina and Patrizia Downey of Italy gave the First Training Workshop for the Artisans of Alay Kapwa, Welcome House-Cebu, Center for Overseas Workers-Davao and Pinatubo from February 11-15, 2013 at the Heart of Mary Villa Conference Hall.  A follow-up workshop was held in May 27-31 that same year.

The 2014 Good Shepherd Bazaar is open 9 am to 5 p.m. on October 24 and 25.