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. 

This year was a milestone year for us as it was the first time when we were able to do not only one but three outreach programs throughout the year. And for that, we are very, very grateful!

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!

In April, our team conquered the heat of the summer and had crossed the waters of Caramoran off the northern side of Catanduanes. In a place called Tignob Island, 30 households benefited from our second outreach for the year. The households do not have potable water and electricity at the time of our visit, and from what we learned, they had to cross the sea to go to school or to work in the mainland or in nearby islands.

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.

Our heartfelt thanks to Ms. Carmel Garcia, Sir Aljhon Perena, Gov. Joseph Chua, Mayor Agnes Popa, Marjorie Avila, Shiela Marie Idanan, Kuya Allan Sarmiento, Kuya Rey Nazareno, and the rest of the Tourism Team, and the Caramoran and Carorian LGUsm, for making this outreach possible.

To our silent sponsors who refuse to be named, you are our unsung heroes. Not even one of these outreach programs are possible without your support. May God continue to bless you all!

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!!!


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