This is How We Build A Life of Purpose

For many people, myself included, we are often inclined to treat volunteering as an extracurricular activity. It’s a productive use of free time, a chance to give depth to an otherwise ordinary day. Continue reading “This is How We Build A Life of Purpose”

Love At First Meeting

By: Pia Jingco

A child nhcm_logo.pngamed Dado captured my heart recently.

Last week I signed up for a volunteer opportunity that would involve tutoring kids, through the iVolunteerwebsite. I must admit I was a bit apprehensive on my way to the venue as I had not done this for quite a long time.

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Ang Hamon Kong Tinanggap

Noong nakaraang buwan, sumali ako sa Bayani Challenge ng Gawad Kalinga sa Padre Garcia, Batangas. Nasubukan ko na ang pag-volunteer, pero yung sa mga relief operations na pa-isa-isang araw at dito lang sa siyudad. First time kong mag-volunteer na sa probinsya na, limang sunud-sunod na araw pa! Hindi ko alam kung anong nasa isip ko at tinanggap ko ang hamon; siguro, tulad ng marami, for the experience.

Giving the GK houses a brand new coat of paint!
Giving the GK houses a brand new coat of paint!

And what an experience it was. Yung tipong out-of-your-comfort-zone. Mahiyain akong tao, pero ang dami kong naging kaibigan pagkatapos ng limang araw na iyon. Kahit kaunting araw lang kami magkakasama, ultimate bonding experience rin siya—mula sa on-the-spot na pag-iisip ng programa at palaro para sa mga bata, hanggang sa pagkukuwentuhan at tawanan namin pagkatapos. Medyo importante rin sa akin ang kalinisan, pero okay lang na tumatagaktak ang pawis ko habang nagpipintura ng mga bahay. Makakalimutan mo yun sa saya ng pagtrabaho, lalo na kung may aabangan kang firehose truck sa hapon. At tulad ng marami sa atin ngayon, nasanay ako sa mga pribilehiyo ng pamumuhay sa siyudad, pero hindi ko ito hinanap-hanap doon. Masaya ring kalimutan pansamantala kung may mga notifications ka, kasi nararanasan mo in real time ang pakikisalamuha sa iba, bata man o matanda. Naramdaman ko rin doon ang tunay na malasakit sa kapwa, lalo na sa pamilya nina Nanay Suzette na nagkupkop sa amin ng kaibigan ko. Hindi kami umaalis ng bahay hangga’t hindi napapakain, at isinakripisyo ng pamilya niya ang comfort ng kanilang tulugan para sa amin.

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Students with Huge Hearts

On my third day at the Batangas Bayani Challenge, I found myself grouped with six new faces. They told me that they were students from Batangas State University (and in my head, I immediately dubbed them the “BSU Crew” because that sounds so badass).

I remember them telling me that they were actually in the middle of their finals and were feverishly working on a 400-question paper. They’d be with us volunteering from morning to mid-afternoon and then after that, they’d skip the Kalinga nights so that they could work on their paper. I asked them how that was going and they gave me that same smile I remember giving people who’d ask me how my thesis was going because I don’t really know what to answer… 😛 Continue reading “Students with Huge Hearts”