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Baquilan Resettlement School receives donations

posted Apr 15, 2017, 2:18 PM by Tia Razon

Your donations were distributed by the Baquilan Resettlement School in Zambales province, Philippines. Children and teachers were thrilled to receive this book donation! Thank you for your continued support!

Revisiting Town on Angono

posted Apr 15, 2017, 2:14 PM by Tia Razon

Re-visiting the families in Rizal province to distribute clothes and backpacks. The entire village put on a heartfelt presentation, the children dressing in their finest to sing karaoke and dance. The love of the village was overwhelming, the children respectful, polite and full of smiles. Your gifts are a great help to this community! Thank you!

Books for Children at Barangay Pag-Asa

posted Feb 24, 2017, 12:09 PM by Tia Razon

Site visit to distribute Books to pre school children at Barangay Pag Asa, Angono, Philippines who recited a beautiful little poem for us. Over the years, we've seen how children's reading books can spark a love of learning and create imagination and hope for those who have so little.

Our Backpack Drive Exceeds Goal!

posted Jan 5, 2017, 7:06 PM by Tia Razon

BIG THANKS to all of you who supported our Backpack Drive! Through your help we exceeded our goal of 250 backpacks! Please follow us on Facebook to see your generosity at work. Only through your support can we make programs like this happen.

Christmas Food Distribution at Barangay Bilibiran and Palongay

posted Dec 28, 2016, 1:46 PM by Tia Razon

Our country manager, Ninia, distributed Christmas food packages for 60 indigent families in the towns of Bilibiran and Palangoy Philippines. Thanks to your donations, programs like this are possible.

La Purisima Elementary School Receive Your Schoolbags

posted Dec 28, 2016, 11:59 AM by Tia Razon   [ updated Dec 28, 2016, 11:59 AM ]

Children at La Purisima Elementary School receive schoolbags, clothes and book donations. Only through your help can we make programs like this possible.

Kinale Elem Shool

posted Dec 28, 2016, 11:56 AM by Tia Razon

Children at Kinale Elem School in Albay, Philippines dive into our shipment of books. Full color books allow them to learn English, allow them to dream, spark their creativity and have the power to inspire. Many of these US books were headed for trash heaps but have found new life thousands of miles away. These are programs that you all make possible!

Children's Work Exhibited with Proceeds going to their families

posted Dec 28, 2016, 11:48 AM by Tia Razon   [ updated Dec 28, 2016, 11:49 AM ]

The second and final PaperSeed sponsored workshop has been held and the work from the 2 sets of students were presented in an exhibit at a local large shopping mall last weekend. The children and their proud parents were on hand to participate in the opening ceremonies and see their work on display. The Nutcrackers, Santa's and paintings were all created by the children under the supervision of a local art school that houses works from several national recognized artists.

The exhibit will be held for 2 weeks with the proceeds to be distributed equally among all the children's families.

Thank you PaperSeed for your sponsorship to help give these children this opportunity!

Backpacks Distributed to 81 students in Albay, Philippines

posted Dec 5, 2016, 1:26 PM by Tia Razon

The children of Loisevera  Matza Elementary School in Albay, Philippine were grateful recipients of school bags filled with school supplies. Thank you all for your support to help make programs like this possible!

Thanksgiving, A Perspective - Life for the Poorest of the poor

posted Nov 24, 2016, 9:19 PM by Tia Razon

Last week we went to the slums in Angono, Philippines, a small town of about 20,000 on behalf of our foundation. ( If you thought seeing it from a car was troubling, try seeing the inner slums up close..

In response to our request to see the poorest of the poor that we had been supporting, the social workers brought us to two areas that were in most need. We walked cautiously over a path of stones, focusing on each step directly before us, careful not to slip into the pools of dog and human waste. Nearby,  a mother and 3 year old son pumped water from an obviously contaminated well, while bare bottomed  and barefoot toddlers ran all over on the muddy ground. Families leisurely played bingo beside heaps of burning garbage. 

The shacks were made of remnants of corrugated steel, bamboo, plastic and anything else found in the garbage that could be reused as shelter from the elements. This was just a glimpse into the everyday lives of the poor that few people see.

The town captain, a compassionate man in his 60's, explained how sanitation is a big problem-- pointing to the sludge of open sewers on each side of us that were strewn with garbage, detritus, and both human and animal waste, slowly sliding its way under the stilted bamboo and plastic shacks they call home. (I don't have to tell you that these makeshift homes have no toilets or running clean water. )

We proceeded over temporary metal plank bridges, sagging under our weight as they pointed out the dried high water line marks when these homes were submerged during the last typhoon. In the distance, tall brown reeds lined the infested lake. Life prevails.

We were reminded that many of the young school age children could not go to free public schools because they could not afford shoes, uniforms and books. For those who could go to school, many went hungry. One boy told how he chewed on dried peppers to forget the hunger pangs. 

That those we spoke to showed deep compassion for the poorest in their community was not only touching but spoke volumes about the kindness of the neighbors in their community. They looked after each other. In their poverty, they remain positive and hopeful, even after generations of living in these conditions. Not knowing any other life is somewhat of a consolation.

The challenge of poverty seems insurmountable as this picture repeats itself every few miles throughout this country. It remains our commitment to assist in any small way these families who live their daily lives in  hunger and extreme poverty.

As we gather for the Holidays to enjoy our family and friends,and the abundance of our lives, we should give thanks for what we have and remember those who have so little.

 Please join us in our continued effort to make a difference in their lives.

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