When I first visited this place and when I saw the situation of the residents especially the children, I have promised myself that I will be back and will give them something to be happy about. It was never in my mind that I will be supported by friends who have the heart to also share what little they have in order to make these kids happy.
Armed with P3,000.00 in my pocket, I went to the nearest department store and bought some cute and educational toys and school supplies that I think will bring a smile to the kids' faces. Ate Alfie who has a big heart in sharing, added some more toys for the kids.
And so we went there with a sackful of gifts for forty children, afraid that the gifts might be lacking. And we have limited food as well, we only prepared 40 also, haha. We were unsure of how many kids there were in the community.
And alas we arrived. From the made-up wobbly and collapsible wooden bridge, we got through to where the kids have gathered, passing through shanties that may look quite like an eyesore to others but nevertheless a shelter for our target beneficiaries.
Ate Alfie, Bito and Wowa were there even if they went home late because we still had to finish packing the gifts. My whole family was also there to support my outreach activity. It took them enough strength to wake up at 5AM because we had to reach Maasim early.
Th reason I brought the kids is that for them to realize how fortunate they are with their situation as compared to other children. I hope they understood what I meant when they saw the place.
My former boss, I am glad for Sir Jay's support even for the transportation that he has provided, and also for the coloring books for the kids.
“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.”
~ John Lennon ~
“We cannot live only for ourselves.
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men;
and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads,
our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”
~ Herman Melville ~
“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person,
you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
~ Albert Camus ~
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated.
We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tired into a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr. ~
You can learn many things from children.
How much patience you have, for instance.
~Franklin P. Jones
Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music.
While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
~Frederick Douglass ~
Women gather together to wear silly hats, eat dainty food, and forget how unresponsive their husbands are. Men gather to talk sports, eat heavy food, and forget how demanding their wives are. Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
This may be a late post, but I am thankful to friends who have supported me in this endeavor. May we all have a more generous heart in the next coming days of our lives, because truly in sharing, there is true happiness.