Galing Foundation, Inc.

is a non profit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt charitable organization registered in the State of Georgia

GFI assists in providing quality educational resources to underserved public schools, libraries and day care centers.

Friday, October 18, 2013

GFI participates at CPACS annual TEA Walk

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, GFI directors Ana Blackburn and Mary Anne Stachowiak participates at CPACS' (Center for Pan Asian Community Services) annual TEA (Together Empowering Asian Americans) walk.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

GFI announces the 7th Youth Leadership Award nomination process

2012 Youth Leader Honorees: Shereen Ragheb, Van Tierra, Lee Wilkes II, Scott Luetgers (GFI president), Camille Mapua, PHCG Ray Donato & Ana Blackburn (GFI program director)

"The Joy of Giving", the 7TH YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD

September 27, 2013 – McDonough, GA

The board of Galing Foundation Inc. in partnership with the Office of the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta announces the nomination process for its 7th Youth Leadership Award.
This year’s two awardees will come from a Middle School and a High School.  The YLA (Youth Leadership Award) was created and organized to promote academic excellence as well as the importance of voluntarism, active engagement and commitment among the youth, in charitable organizations that benefits the community and beyond for a common good.

The Former Youth Leader Honorees:
2012 – Camille Mapua (H.S.) of Woodstock, GA
Shereen Ragheb (M.S.) of Atlanta, GA
2011 – Kimberly Moriles of Jonesboro, GA
2010 - Jordan Alexandar Moratin of Grayson, GA
2009 – Joanne Kelly Utt of Senoia, GA
2008 - Janice Alcalde of Chamblee, GA
2007 – Omar Ragheb of Atlanta, GA

"The more you work, study and develop your ability to contribute more to the lives and well-being of others, the better life you will have in all areas". - Brian Tracy, Motivational Speaker, Author.

"Join us in honoring our very own youth leaders". - Ana Blackburn, Program Director

To receive nomination forms, sponsor or for more information, please call 404-925-2639 or email  Visit us on Facebook:


 Galing Foundation, Inc. Youth Leadership Award 2013 Program is presented by:
Brianne Drake, REALTOR, CDPE
2013 President of Metro South Association of REALTORS
Keller Williams Atlanta Partners

Monday, October 07, 2013

GFI ships box nos. 225 & 226 to the Philippines

Sept. 19, 2013 Roswell, GA
Galing Foundation, Inc. ships box nos. 225 (tracking no. 7417) benefiting CBDA of Tarlac & 226 (tracking no. 7418) benefiting Mindanao Outreach via Jay Suarez's shipping company (TFC of Rockville, MD) full of new and gently used educational supplies donated by members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church, Queen of Angels Catholic School and Ronet Lubaton Hathcock.
Special thanks to Ms. Sue Edris of North Roswell Elementary School and Sandy Spaeth & Ms. Smith of Queen of Angels for their continued support.

Notes by CBDA at GFI's 27th Board Meeting

(In photo: Turner, Luetgers, Rolen, Blackburn, Stochowiak & Agapito)

September 27, 2013 - Vinings, GA

Introduction:  “What is the deaf, and what is reading to them?” The report would seem to tell the story of the journey of CBDA from a mission school to what it is right now.  In between the numbers and facts are stories about individuals (‘faceless’ individuals in the Philippines and here at Galing) who believe in the education of children (in our case with special needs) and that perhaps even a single year in education, especially for the deaf, would make a big difference.




A.     Personal:  Gratitude and acknowledgement for the invitation

B.     Greetings from the Philippines:  CBDA

I.                 March 31st received an email of the First Shipment of book donations

Received the shipments in April

Significance of the timeliness of the books:  Assessment of the Academic Year 2012-2013 as CBDA’s first year of recognition by the Department of Education – The Government Recognition means that CBDA has passed all qualification requirements to teach Pre-school and Grades 1-6. “Permit and Recognition”

Needs:  LANGUAGE and COMMUNICATION 1) English – correct sentence structure (SEE vs ASL); 2) Filipino – basic Filipino words (goal: to appreciate their identity, culture, and history); SIGN LANGUAGE – meaning of words; recognition and spelling; CULTURE and HISTORY;

II.               May received second email of the Second Shipment of book donations

Received shipments in June; coincided with other donations here from Georgia (Cornerstone and anonymous individuals: Please see The Woodley Mission Newsletter sent to Galing)

Significance of the timeliness of the books:  Assessment of the Academic Year 2013-2014 (The second academic year of CBDA as a recognized educational institution of Deped)

1)      Developments achieved in terms of literacy competencies – response to the “gaps” identified in the summer assessment a year prior [Read “General Literacies”]

2)      New needs identified:  1) lack of textbooks, 2) attention span of new students, 3) parent cooperation (follow-up at home)

3)      New goals (geared to utilize books from GALING):  Subject-Book Reading Classroom Activity Goals – answers the lack of textbook and short attention span of the deaf by using “visuals”, “story-telling (picture books)”, and introduce reading appreciation to students

III.              Accomplishments of CBDA

1)      Mission goal

2)      Social goal:  a) educate the deaf, b) promote awareness of deaf needs

IV.              The New Challenges of CBDA Today

1)      Combined Curriculum

NOTE:  It should be noted that the permit and recognition given to CBDA is for a regular hearing school. This means CBDA adopts the curriculum for the hearing and teaches that to the deaf with special awareness of the level of the deaf students. It becomes a challenge to reconcile the gaps and competencies for the two “clients”/”needs”:  Science, Math, English, Filipino, Sibika/Hekasi, MAPE/TLE; Sign Language, Bible, and Livelihood Skills

2)      Physical requirements:

from a mission school to a recognized institution:  a) yearly renewal of permit and b) maintenance of qualifications (building, number of students)

3)      Funds and sponsorships:  a) dwindling of sponsorships b) One-Sponsor, All Children Benefitted – a move to fiscalize minimal funds



1.      $490 /3 – for actual “needs” request from the 3 GFI beneficiaries.

2.      NOTED SUGGESTION: “ubiduo” machine (for translating or facilitating communication between a deaf/hard of hearing and a hearing person).




GENERAL LITERACY (General Knowledge and Functional Literacy)


1.      The students can read and understand instructions in both English and Filipino.

2.      The students possess a working knowledge of basic expressions in English and understand their value to communication and human relationships.

Reading and Comprehension

3.      The students (Grades 1-7) can identify sight words (articles, linking or be verbs, prepositions) in simple writing in English.

4.      The students (Grades 3-7) can identify key words (noun, adjectives, adverbs) in simple writing in English and Filipino.

5.      The students (Grades 3-7) are familiar with the structure of Short Stories and are able to tell their own stories.

Math (NOTE:  Most applicable for higher grade levels)

6.      The students have a functional understanding of the basic operations in Math in everyday life.

7.      The students can tell time and understand the value of this knowledge to everyday life.

8.      The students can count money and knows its value to everyday transactions.

9.      The students are familiar with the calendar (days of the week and months of the year) and understand the importance of this knowledge to everyday life.


10.   The students can grasp the fundamental natural processes (weather/climate, marine and land ecosystem, forms of energy, properties of resources like water, minerals, forest products, animals, etc.) at work in their environment.

11.   The students are aware of the importance of their role in preserving and protecting their natural environment.

Social Studies (Makabayan)

12.   The students are aware of their Filipino identity and their role as youth in society.

13.   The students are aware of their country’s rich history, customs, practices and beliefs.

14.   The students are aware of the importance of social and current events and its direct or indirect relationship to their immediate community.

15.   The students are aware of their rights as deaf, youth, and Filipino.

16.   The students are aware of the value of relationships to their family, friends and community and how these will help them develop and grow as an individual.

Home Arts and PE (MAPE, EPP/TLE)

17.   The students are aware of the importance of health, good hygiene and personal development to a happy and successful living.

18.   The students are aware of their own talents and their potential development to benefit their future.

19.   The students possess creative arts (Grades 1-4) and technical livelihood skills (Grades 5-7).

Values and Bible

20.   The students are aware of the importance of the positive values of discovery, self-confidence, creativity, perseverance, honesty, discipline, respect for others and cooperation and what these values can bring for them and their immediate community in the future.

21.   The students have an understanding of the Biblical creator and the importance of having a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.

22.   The students (Grades 3-7) know the books of the Holy Bible and stories told in the scriptures.

23.   The students possess an elementary understanding of selected Biblical passages.

A Letter to GFI from Cornerstone Baptist Deaf Academy

October 1, 2013
via email
Dear Ms. Toni and Board Members,

My heartfelt gratitude for extending help to our deaf students through the books you have given us.  Although we were not expecting too much, the Lord has been good to us with the two shipments you have sent. (It turned out to be a book-day celebration!) 
Please be sure that we value this partnership in educating our deaf and in promoting their cause.  I also thank you for inviting Chito Agapito to your recent board meeting. I consider it yet another warm gesture notable of your group (foundation). I just wish I was there to have listened, responded and laughed with you all. By God’s grace, I look forward to greet you personally this December.  

Chito presented to me the matters taken up on your meeting, and again I thank you for including our school on your latest project of providing electronic gadgets relevant to education. As much as that is a “tempting” opportunity, it would rather be fair for us to say that another good Samaritan has awarded our school with a printer and some livelihood materials for baking. So we thought that the new funds might instead benefit other schools or libraries that need new electronic equipment. Not to mention, Chito has also donated her used monitor and laptop to our school before she left. Being a small population, we honestly thought this would be sufficient for our operations for now.

Having said this, we would also like to let you know that the flurry of books you have sent us would be sure to serve our academic intervention goals for the next two years. Kindly understand that we are not refusing the blessings of more shipments from your end, but we also thought that the next boxes might benefit more schools.  Your thoughts on that we of course respect. As of the moment, our students are in the pre-reading and beginner reader’s level. Perhaps it would take a considerable period of time to develop our deaf students from beginning to dependent to independent reading.  The books that you have given would provide good intervention for two years or so.  Although it should be noted that reading really is a high literacy skill, and that our teachers are integrating the use of books in their selected subjects.

The classroom library and subject-reading integration program has just been started by our teachers. We hope to come up with the earliest assessment by the end of the third grading period. In the meantime, we are furnishing you with a copy of the General Literacy and Competencies Assessment Report as of Summer 2012-2013, which Chito has already presented to you. Attached is also a copy of the presentation Chito has made regarding CBDA’s accomplishments and new challenges.

On behalf of all the students, teachers and parents of CBDA, thank you and more power!

Yours truly,