WHDL - 00014402
WHDL - 00014402
As the church focuses on people's spiritual development, there is growing realization that the church should be holistic in its approach and participate in resolving urban poverty issues through the implementation of community development projects. This study looks at Gintong Aral Child Development program on how it made difference in the lives of Rowenas children in order to alleviate poverty. This research is of importance to Rowenas community as a whole and to those who are working with children in poverty. The research is descriptive in nature, and the researcher employed participation, observation, group discussions, face to face interviews, life histories of individual. and use previously written documents of the project. Since this study is a participatory action review it includes the voices of the people from the community, what they feel and to hear their views about Gintong Aral Child Development program through focus group discussion and by drawings. Personal opinions were highly valued in this research. The respondents played the part of verifiable indicators since they are part of the project and also staying in the community. For the research procedure, the researcher requested permission from the relevant authorities of the project to conduct the study. After the permission two focus group discussions were conducted each group comprising ten participants. Eight formal interviews were conducted with key informant. During the focus group discussion, a Tagalog speaker assisted in translation and she served as my research assistance. In order to supplement and verify information gathered through survey, interviews and focus group discussion, community immersion was used, the researcher joined the life of Rowenas as much as possible, trying to establish a rapport and making careful observations on how the project is impacting their lives. This helped a lot in getting a firsthand information for a more accurate description and interpretation, and it enable me to understand the activities in the actual setting in which they are occurring. Thematic approach of analyzing the data was employed in this research thus transcribing the notes from the interviews, coding the data with keywords as a way of identifying commonalities and variations, identifying common and variable patterns within each group as well as across groups, identifying themes which link and explain the data and lastly data validation from the project authorities.
This collection contains the theses in fulfillment of the degree of Master of Arts in Christian Communication at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary.