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48 children join Empty Vessel Ministry summer program

FORTY-EIGHT children from the central and southern areas of Saipan are participating in the annual summer program of the Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation, its founding director Rose Smith said.

On Monday, the participants started the 10-day program with theology and humanitarian activities led by volunteers Leslie Henderson and Tapita Alokoa at the EVM store on Middle Road.

Veisinia Peteru, another EVM volunteer, discussed the importance of volunteerism, fundraising process and other community activities while volunteer Rufina Angui discussed the foundation’s administrative operation.

After the morning activities, the children helped sort out donated items in the EMV’s storage room.

Next week, the children will take these items, which include clothes, to people who are in need, Smith said.

Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation founding director Rose Smith talks about the foundation’s history and objectives with participants in EVM’s annual summer program for local childen.

The first group of 35 children from the northern part of Saipan completed their summer program on Friday.

Children in this group visited at the Commonwealth Health Center, Smith said, and hospital administrator Jesse Tudela and Dr. Elizabeth Kohnen gave them a tour.

At LaoLao Golf & Resort, they learned something about golf from Tony Satur.

“The children learned many things and they are very happy,” Smith said, adding that parents also expressed appreciation of the program.

Today, the program participants will take part in a health and wellness program conducted by Antonia Leskosek, and they will visit CHC and LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.

On Wednesday, volunteer Christina Sakaziro will talk with the children about the environment, water quality and wildlife at the Tanapag Community Center.

Empty Vessel Ministry summer program volunteers pose for Variety.  Photos by Junhan B. Todiño

In addition, the children will visit laboratories at the Division of Environmental Quality and Northern Marianas College- Cooperative Research Extension and Education Service.

On Thursday, they will learn about culture, arts, crafts and oral history at the Saipan Senior Citizen Center, the Tanapag Community Center and the Koblerville Youth Center.

Moreover, they will participate in discussions about government and business, Smith said.

Other activities next week include recycling and a beach cleanup, sightseeing, and cooking.

Smith said the culmination of the program is a submarine ride.