KMBI Conducts Retreat Nationwide

All KMBI staff nationwide allocated a slice of their time to reinforce their personal, corporate, and most especially spiritual growth with the ‘Spiritual Retreat’ that took place from June to July 2016.

The event, bearing the theme “A family that stays together,” aims to deepen their relationship with God by intentionally reflecting and meditating, strengthen their fellowship with one another as one KMBI family through shared experiences, and take time to retreat from their normal activities.

It’s events like this that continue to forge and bolster harmonious relationship between the people in KMBI who are overflowing with work enthusiasm and spiritual wellbeing.

SOCCKSARGEN participates in Spiritual Retreat

Four KMBI branches in the SOCCKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos) region took part in tapping into their spirit once more during the retreat on June 18-19 at Princess Del Leonor Hotel Resort and Convention Center in Sarangani Province.

A total of 69 staff attendees from the branches of Gensan 1 and 2, Koronadal, and Tacurong, participated in the activity.

The first day was jam-packed with lectures from Ms. Amelita P. Andilab, the Regional Operations Director for Visayas and Mindanao. She led a refreshing discussion on how to set goals and improve self-awareness & identity to reach one’s full potential.

The attendees also partook in group reporting and dramatization, which served as a reflection for personal growth and development. In the afternoon, Rev. Ronilio Retondo imparted God’s message to further renew their faithful servitude to the Lord.

The night was enlivened with a showcase of talents in the form of chorale, dance and song interpretation, and Bible story reenactment, followed by a praise and worship.

Kicking off the next day was Bible devotion conducted per branch, centering on the passage, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” It was succeeded by a team-building activity in which they developed physical discipline and brought forth the spirit of sportsmanship, cooperation, unity, and fun in the learning process.

The last part of the activity was the awarding ceremony led by Ms. Grace M. Asedillo, the Area Manager. She lauded the best-performing staff for their achievements, gave the best in branch presentation to General Santos 2, and hailed the green team as the team-building champion. Meanwhile, the Koronadal and Tacurong branches received the best in sports attire.

It was not only an activity intended to break the daily activities of staff members in SOCCKSARGEN, but it was also a renewal of faith that radiated the spirit of compassion and perseverance within them.

9 KILOS Scholars Graduate

9 APPEND KILOS Scholars reached a milestone in their lives when they finished their college education. To celebrate these milestone APPEND mounted the 7th APPEND KILOS Thanksgiving Dinner last June 3, 2106 at the Manila Manor Hotel in Malate, Manila.

The event was attended by APPEND Board of Trustees and Management, representatives of partners organization, parents of the 9 students, co-scholars and previous APPEND KILOS grantees. KMBI President Eduardo C. Jimenez was in attendance at the event to personally congratulate Ronah Fae V. Directo. Ronah Fae was one of the scholars recognized that night. She is the daughter of Mrs. Ofelia Directo KMBI program member from Koronadal. RonahFae graduated from FEU with a degree in AB Communications, Cum Laude.

APPEND established the KILOS Scholarship Program (Knowledge for Inspiring Leadership, Opportunities and Spirituality) in partnership with Gordon V & Helen C. Smith Foundation to extend educational scholarship to deserving children of micro-entrepreneurs to continue their college education in top colleges and universities in Manila. Other than Ronah Fae, there were other children of KMBI program members who benefited in the APPEND KILOS Program. Many are now young professionals and some are even working in fields that give back to the communities.

679 clients benefit from KKK Program

KMBI in partnership with Unilever PureIt, kicks off Kabalikat sa Kalusugan at Kalinisan (KKK) program, the organization's health and sanitation program. A total of 679 clients benefitted from the kick-off activities held in Novaliches, Davao, and Cebu. The events may be described as an afternoon of fun, games and learning.

The response was overwhelming from the same activity mounted in Angeles, Pampanga last year. The KKK program is now being implemented in 3 more branches, namely: Metro Davao1, Mandaue, and Novaliches.

KKK program highlights the importance of clean and safe drinking water as part of good sanitation practices. The PureIt Excella device was introduced as a practical solution for purifying water and a safeguard device against waterborne diseases. Clients, as well as their family members, from the piloted branches will be able to avail the PureIt Excella device through KMBI’s PureIt Loan Program.

The KKK program is a manifestation of KMBI's commitment to improve the well-being and deliver integral transformation to its program members.