Christmas Party with the kids

Pinoy Volunteer Group (PVG)  spent Christmas party with kids from Childhaus

———- u-n-d-e-r-c-o-n-s-t-r-u-c-t-i-o-n ————-

~~12.04.2011/Quezon City

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Story Telling and Book Drive with U! Happy Events

I’m getting invite to join the activity with U! Happy Events, finally my schedule is free and was able to join their book reading activity at Victory Christian Fellowship also in cooperation with Real Life Foundation. This is a big group since it’s joined by different organization. Me and my office mate Rose decided volunteer with U!. Everyone is encouraged to come with costume of any character but since we came all the way from work, we just decided to bring a hat which we can use during the event. We arrived at VCF before 9am for registration. We we’re given number to be paired with sponsor kids and will act as ate and kuya to them. My sponsor kid is Azzel, she’s an 11 yr old girl from Pasig. We walk the kids on the other room for feeding program. After feeding them, they were ask to pick a book on the mini library that they want. Of course, everyone’s is very eager to get one but the Ates and Kuyas was able to manage the kids and make it a point that each kid will bring home 1 book to read. We transfer next to the different room for the actual program itself. It was led by Harvard Uy, head of U! There were song and dance presentation, story telling, games, puppet show and magic show. At some point, the kids became uncontrollable and we really can’t blame them because they are really having fun. It was a 3-hour of fun and laughter with the kids a and adults alike ending the program with free shots at photo booth. ~~~11.05.12 / Pasig City

Haribon Tree Planting

PVG decided to join again another tree planting activity with Haribon Foundation in Cavinti, Laguna. This would be the second time that our group would be joining but it would be my first time to join this activity.

Rowell and Angeline organized this activity. We decided to rent 2 vans, one meet-up in the north headed by Rowell and the other in the south headed by Angz. I belong to Rowell’s group since I came from the North.  Our meet up time is around 4:30-5:00am, since we need to arrive at the site by 7am for the orientation before the actual tree planting activity. I think it’s in the system with the Filipino for being late. Since we’re still waiting for latecomers to arrive, our van left Cubao area at almost 5:30am to meet up the second group at SLEX for the convoy. We lost our way to the site but manage to  finally found it.  Our vans  wont be able to go to the exact location so we need to walk on muddy roads to reach the planting site itself. It takes about 1-2kms of walking before we finally arrived. Obviously we are already late since Thaddy from Haribon is already conducting the orientation. Groups from different organization join this activity. Thaddy acknowledge our presence inspite of us being late. We started tree planting almost 9am already but we managed to finished around 11am. Whew that was too fast!!! More than a hundred people join this outreach.

      

      

  

      

      

    

After the tree planting activity, we decided to had a side trip in Daranak Falls. It’s my first time to visit. I am not really an avid fan of falls but I really prefer lake. Daranak Falls is located in Tanay, Rizal and is part of the Laguna watershed. As we entered the park, we would notice arrangement of stones scattered all over since this place is also popular for rock balancing. It’s also an attraction that awe tourist because it takes discipline and skill to balance a stone on top of each other. Surprisingly, even if it’s rainy season, there are many people having picnic at Daranak, it must be a popular place for a weekend visit especially for those living in the east.  We spend about 2 hours there to go for a swim before we headed back home.  ~~~07.30.11 / Cavinti, Laguna

      

      

Building houses with Habitat for Humanity

This would be our 5th  activity our group would be joining another volunteer ptogram. This time we decided to join a build with Habitat for Humanity in Calauan, Laguna.

We meet up at 7-eleven in Pasay near the bus station at around 4:ooam. There are only 10 participants who joined this outreach.  After we reached the place, we need to take a tricycle to be able to go to the site.  We are the only group who will be doing the build. We were met by the coordinator, gave us orientation and instruction on what to do. Since it’s raining a little bit during that day, they asked us if we want to buy disposable raincoats.  All of us did because we will be outside the whole day as construction workers. So we let’s get our muscles on and the game begin! The first activity that we did was carrying and laying blocks. We have to carry each hollow block and put in on top of another block inside a long iron steel to make a wall. If only we’re playing lego,  it’s east and no sweat but, but this time, it’s no joke coz we’re building real houses. It looks easy at first but until we move on it’s getting hard because we have to make walls which is 4 feet tall for 5 houses.  After we finished building the wall, it’s time to put cement on holes to support  each block.  And of course before we can put cement, we have to do the mixing as well,, whew! All of us try a hand on the mixing, just to have the feel of the real construction worker. And seriously it’s so hard, using a shovel to mix cement with water, it became sticky and heavier. Need to have real strong arms to do it.

        

        

        

After our lunch, another task was given to us. It’s brick making this time! We we’re given instruction on how to do it and we have to create more than a hundred of bricks. We really enjoy doing this thing, not as tiring as the previous one. We kept on laughing every time a  bricked collapsed but very proud of ourselves if we’re able to make on! As we go along, we were able to master and finished them just in time.

        

        

        

        

This maybe the best tiring activity we had so far, but I personally say that all of us went home wearing a smile on our faces!  ~~~03.05.11 / Calauan, Laguna

It’s time to feed the kids!

This is our second activity with Real Life Foundation, This time we will be hosting the feeding program on their Pasig Site.  Compare to Malate, the place is 25% smaller so it is quite manageable, the difference is that they have a separate area for eating and another area for playing.  And we’re thankful again to those who participate, new faces join us and we welcome them. Since we have experienced sponsoring this activity, we already knew what to do and to expect.  After the orientation, first batch of kids came in. We played, did story telling and of course feed them and so goes with the second batch. After the activity, Lyn Nawata of Real Life introduce us to one of their scholar and shared to us her experience with Real Life. She is so thankful that she was being send to school and her parents were given a job by Real Life. It was a very touching moment for all of us since we’re lucky enough that we don’t have to experience her struggles in life.

Below are some of the shots taken on this activity in Pasig site

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We wouldn’t mind hosting another feeding program be it in Malate or Pasig Site. Looking forward to play with these kids again on our next activity with Real Life! ♥  ~~~ 05.07.12 / Victory Christian Fellowship, Pasig City

Global Emergency Fund through World Vision

The recent tsunami that hits Japan last March 11, 2011 really made a big impact worldwide. Even my job is affected meaning, both flights to and from Japan were cancelled and it’s hard to re-accommodate passenger especially for foreigners who were stuck in Japan and wants to leave the country the soonest. But it’s not that all, the biggest problems are being shown on television, death toll rises, big devastation affecting people living in Japan

I used to be a donor for World Vision, one of their donor specialist contacted me and ask if I want to volunteer on the fundraising for the Global Emergency Fund held in SM North Edsa on March 29-31, 2011. This is for the benefit of tsunami victims in Japan. I decided to join the volunteer activity on the first day to man the booth and give leaflets  to the mall goers and ask for donation. It’s my first time to do it in the mall and it was a fun experience together with other volunteers from different organization. ~~~ 03.29.11 / SM North Edsa, Quezon City

Helping others never goes out of style

Who would ever thought that EVERY Saturday morning for the entire year, a group of people is hosting a feeding program for about 200+ malnourished street children from the squatter communities in Malate and Pasig City.  Sometimes I asked myself, did they ever run out of resources? It’s like 4 Saturdays in a month  and 12 months in a year which sum up to 48 days.  One of the volunteer of our Pinoy Volunteer Group was able to find out who is responsible for this splendid act and it was Real Life Foundation. They have been doing this since 2007. Awesomeness!

January of this year, our group decided to host our first feeding program in Malate which is located at Victory Center in Harrison Plaza. To be able to host a feeding program, we need to come up with Php5,000 which is is equivalent to Php250 per volunteer.  This covers the volunteer shirt and the cost of the food for children. This is going to be our first activity for this year and it was a success! Thanks to old members and new recruits who feed, play, interact with kids ranging from 3 to 10 years of age.  Since it is our first time to host this activity, Vince from Real Life gave us orientation on what to expect since we are dealing with street kids who are also out-of-school youth. This activity is divided into 2 batch so we need more energy to interact with these kids not to mention that the area is more than 1000 sq meter so the place is pretty huge for running and playing, very big playground indeed! So the activity started, after the registration, more than 50+ kids run inside the venue, hug the volunteers and very eager to play with us. We act like ates and kuyas to them, some of them, especially the little ones wants to be carried, the other kept on running as if they own this big playground and the other want to be photographed and act as photographer as well!

      

Before feeding them, it’s time to play a game, me being the game master. I thought of a game with the participation of the volunteers so I decided that we play Trip to Jerusalem. 2 person will be paired, the volunteer being the chair and the kids will seat on their volunteer partner when the music stops. It was hard to control the kids during this game, I thought I would ran out of voice since I have not yet slept the night before because I came from work and go straight to this activity. Even If I’m using a microphone, I don’t think they heard me when I said stop and eliminate the pair that were not seated. Thanks to Michelle for helping me facilitate the game. It was a chaos but super fun, everyone is laughing, very eager to win as if a prize has to be won! 🙂

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After the game and congratulate the winning team, it’s time to settle down for story telling. Karla narrate the story while some volunteers are actors and voice on this story. Rhea act as mother while Daniel as the child. Bry is the voice of the child and me as the voice of the mother. I’m pretty much sure that the kids enjoy this part because they kept on laughing and very attentive while  listening and watching the act. And definitely the story we shared to kids will have moral lessons which they can bring along not only when they leave this activity but can be impart on their daily lives.

       

After the game and story telling, it’s time to feed the kids. It was really heartbreaking seeing these kids enjoying their food even if we only serve a cup of rice, corned beef and egg. For them it’s already a feast! It’s time to say goodbye to these kids and other batch is coming up! whooahh! I’m sure we get easily tired with the first batch but for the love of volunteering who cares if there’s a second batch, so bring it on!  The second  batch of 50+ kids run inside the venue and of course we did our part to make them happy just for few hours. Just like the first batch, we also come up with the game, story telling and of course feed them. It was indeed a very fulldiling Saturday morning spending time with the kids. Everyone went home wearing not only the shirt that was given to us but also a BIG SMILE on our face! 🙂 ~~~01.15.2011 / Victory Christian Fellowship, Malate, Manila

      

      

Gift-Giving in Concordia Children’s Services

Since PVG is basically new and we were time constrained to organize another activity in December because we all know that it’s a very busy month and most of us already had commitments ahead of time. Karla B posted an invite on our FB Page for those who are free to join another group who will facilitate a gift-giving program in Concordia Children’s Services. It is an orphanage providing temporary shelter to abandoned kids. Luckily, I am free on December 28, so I join the activity. We were only 4 in our group who join this event. Ria is the coordinator of this activity, her group is doing this since during their college days. We were humbled enough that we accomodate our group to join them. The activity is super fun, kids are so lively and game on joining the contests. We would hear shouts, cheers from each kid. Food and gifts are overflowing on that day and we could really feel the spirit of Christmas.  ~~~12.08.10 / Sta Mesa, Manila

 

A time for the Elders at Little Sister of the Poor

The first activity of PVG is in Little Sisters of the Poor located in Pasay City. It’s a shelter for elderly people either who don’t have a family or abandoned by their family. Since we don’t have fund to sustain this activity, each of us decided to contribute on food and drinks, prizes, gifts. I am in charge for the prizes for games. Our schedule to go there is at 2pm. We meet up in Saver More in Pasay for last minute groceries at around 1:30pm. Others walk to the site, while others who were carrying stuff decided to take a tricycle. When we arrived at the place, we were surprised because the place is so nice. Security are strict. We found out that Little Sisters are run by French Nun. The place is quiet and solemn, We arrive at the lobby and was advise to wait in the corner until the Head Nun came out. We spot elders sitting inside, others are walking and others are looking at us excited to see visitors. While waiting on with Sister, we decided to put on our name tags so by the time we started our program, we can easily be indentified by the elders. After we registered ourselves in the lobby, we were guided to go to their receiving area, where they held their volunteer program. There were about 20 tables, with accesories like component, microphone, television for the program. While we were preparing the food, elders came in one by one. We started the program, me and Bryan being the emcee. We facilitate different kind of games for the elders, some are very proactive to join while the others are a bit shy. Some elders volunteer themselves to sing and dance to entertain everyone. After the program, we serve the food we brought with them and do gift-giving to end the program. I would say that our first activity is a success and we’re all looking for more activities in the future.

Here are some of the snapshots of our first outreach program! 🙂