The Year That Was: Three Outreach Progams, One Team
|Yes, we did it!|
Every year, our travel group tries our best to do at least an outreach program in some of the country's remotest or calamity-stricken communities. Every outreach was a joint effort from all of us and from all of our silent donors who continuously help each and every project we've had.
We kickstarted the year by sharing our blessings to the 100 students of Silsilah Elementary School in Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga City. While the community was not calamity-stricken, what moved us to reach out to them was that we knew how well they do take care of Sta. Cruz Island. The families here used to be dynamite fishers but were now converted into eco-tour guides and island marshalls.
With the help from the good office of Mayor Beng Climaco and her staff Dyns, Wella, Marianne, Rowell, Sir Richard, and the military men who made sure we were all secured and safe all the time, our first outreach for the year became very successful. Muchas gracias Mayor Beng and your hard-working team! Our hearts are full of joy for having the chance to share even our little help to the children of Silsilah. May you continue to be an inspiration to them!
And lastly, in August, our team visited the Carorian Elementary School in Bato, Catanduanes. Here, 100 students were given new school supplies that they can use for the remaining days of school. Going to the school was not a walk in the park--little did we know that the roads leading to the school were under construction so we had to trek through muddy trails for us to finally reach our destination. It was all worth it because we knew we made the children of Carorian Elementary School smile even just for that moment.
As the year draws to a close, I pray that our team may be blessed with good health and stable jobs so we can continue to share our blessings with others. I know this year was tough for some of us and for that I pray for more strength and resilience. Cheers to another year of sharing!!!