ATH holds outreach program for the Kythe Foundation

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Last 19 October, the Asia-Pacific Talent Hub (ATH) held its first outreach program with the Kythe Foundation as its beneficiary. The foundation aims to inspire hope, promote growth and development in children with chronic illnesses and cultivate a supportive hospital environment through its Kythe Child Life Program. One of the program’s main objectives is to enter the child’s world and engage the child through play as a means of communicating happiness, hurts, and fears. Since its inception in 2002, the Kythe Foundation has enlisted partner hospitals and volunteers from different schools and organizations to carry out their mission. Volunteers would share an hour of their time with children suffering from cancer or other chronic illnesses from the foundation’s partner hospitals and engage them in various activities to play or learn.

Executive Director and one of the co-founders, Maria Fatima “Girlie” Garcia-Lorenzo, came to orient the ATH participants before the activity to help prepare them emotionally and to brief them about the Child Life Program. On Saturday, ATH staff, senior associates and managers took the pediatric cancer patients of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center for a day out. They held a Jollibee Kiddie Party for the PCMC kids in Jollibee Rosario, Pasig. Afterwards, they brought the kids to Ark Avilon Zoo for an interactive educational experience.

According to Ms. Girlie, the word “kythe” is a Scottish word which means “to manifest itself.” ATH hopes that in the simple act of sharing in the foundation’s pioneer outreach program, they were able to promote healing and growth among children battling chronic illnesses.