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Lilok Foundation is a faith based, non-profit and
non-government organization that seeks to serve urban poor leaders, to facilitate their learning, and to empower them toward servant leadership by means of modeling, transformative education and mentoring programs.

Lilok Abridged History

Lilok Foundation is a faith-based and non-government organization engaged in training both adults and young people from urban and rural poor communities for holistic transformation. Lilok itself was actually gestated and born in the very heart of the struggles and travails of the marginalized and least -privileged people of Philippine society. Its creation was particularly occasioned by a number of socio-political and religious discontents. First among them is the precariousness of the condition of the landless poor who occupied private or government land and was constantly terrified by the threat of eviction or demolition. This was exacerbated more when a group of urban poor Christian leaders coming from a particular area under threat of demolition tried to grope for training and education so as to guide them on this social battle appalled by the prevailing theological education policy that bars those who have not finished secondary education from acquiring formal and higher theological learning. On top of these, they griped even more the dominant spirituality that rarely touch on the issue of social justice and life amelioration which is integral and crucial to their personal struggle as Christians and human beings gripped by poverty and incessant threat of oppression.

The group dreamt then of alternative training institution which is more embracing than discriminating, holistic rather than splintered, transformative than moribundly satisfied with the status quo. They dreamt of education that is gearing towards empowerment to organize themselves to stand and repulse those who will threaten their peaceful existence and wellbeing. Through the guidance and help of some progressive academician friends from the University of the Philippines and two theological seminaries Lilok Foundation therefore was born in 1993.

The team intentionally left the vision of the institution unwritten to make it appear tentative and provisionary so as to keep it open for further reflection, progress, change and discovery. Nevertheless, it clearly states its mission as “seeking to serve urban poor leaders, facilitate their learning and empower them into servant leadership by means of modeling, transformative education and mentoring programs” in order to guide its participation in religious and social transformation. After much deliberation and brainstorming, the team came up with Lilok’s first program called Certificate in Holistic Ministry (CHM) which was anchored on the principle of Action-Reflection-Action. This program was meant to train adult participants but more and more young people were joining in for the first seven years of running it.

Being true to its principle of action-reflection-action, Lilok went to an interim Sabbatical leave in 2001 to assess and evaluate its program. It was on this intermission that Lilok decided to accommodate the increasing number of young people joining Lilok by creating a new program called, the Certificate in Youthwork (CYW). Its mission is to empower the youth and guide them embrace holistic spirituality in order for them to become effective facilitators of their personal transformation and organizers of youth and community development. Aside from attending all thirty nine modular sessions, in order to ensure that the desired ends would be achieved, participants themselves are required to plan, organize and execute a youth focused and community based project tagged as Youth Initiated Project (YIP). They also have to accomplish a 120-hour volunteer work with other youth based organizations, submit written reflection after every module or activity they participated in, and finally, organize and facilitate creative youth camps.

Lilok also offers creative, interactive and life-challenging camps, retreats and conferences to both students and non-students from urban poor areas. It aims to provide recreation and stimulation for a positive view of life in grappling with the problem of poverty and social discrimination. In connection with this, Lilok acquired a parcel of land that is being developed into a small farm that offers good venue for these time-outs mentioned. More to this, this small organic farm aims to model a sustainable living in rural areas that would hopefully allure those migrants to leave the congested cities and return to their respective provinces and cultivate a blissful life there.

We leave it here for now but more pages will be filled as our journey is taking another exciting phase… Dios Mabalos!

Latest Activities and Upcoming Event/s

Community Research II
Lilok Office
November 5, 2016

Curriculum Development I and II
Lilok Office
November 12 and 19, 2016

Advent Retreat
Sakahang Lilok
November 26-27, 2016

Lilok Community Day
Lilok Office
Decmber 2, 2016

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