It's been quite a while since we started and hey, we are already in our sixth year!
This year, we don't have so much time in preparing. All of us were busy in our works and other activities. Our schedules normally don't match but hey, we did it! Another successful event for Travolunteers.
Our recipient is another elementary school. This time, we renovate the day care classroom and build a new classroom for the elementary students. Since we have limited budget. We only fixed two elementary classrooms.
As the usual, we have our bags and some school supplies for the students. We prepared a small program. It's really nice to see the smiles in the children's face and their parents and teachers.
They also performed for us. Even the parents did a dance number, how cool was that!
For 2015, the came up to the project to make a computer laboratory for an elementary school in Narra, Palawan.
Recepient was Maranan Elementary School.
The experience was very touching. The students and parents helped us during the set-up day before the actual event. Then the next day, we really didn't expect the way they welcomed us, all the children are already waiting for us and greeted us all with smiles and even gave us a welcome medals (was it a medal or a necklace? haha)
Overall experience was indeed a lot of fun. The children cooperate well in the games we prepared and the teachers really showed their willingness to learn during the knowledge sharing we did about Microsoft A fulfilling experience knowing that the event was a success. I remembered the principal mentioned that she thought that we were crazy people during the start, she just didn't expected that someone unknown to them will contact her telling that some people wanted to give something for their school.
For year 2014, Travolunteers decided to help our kababayan's in Kalibo, Aklan. Our project is to help some of the families who were affected by typhoon Yolanda to rebuild their houses. We will be doing medical mission also in a small community.
Last weekend, May 24-25, two of Travolunteer members went to Kalibo to see the current situation of the families affected and also to check the ongoing construction of houses. Below are some pictures of the beneficiaries together with Ghe and Ryan.
We are in coordination with one non-government institution that is helping us to make this activity possible. Well, I guess the right word is "In partnership".
We are still accepting donations but we prefer Money to support the ongoing construction expenses and Medicines for the medical mission.
Remember: in helping, "no amount is too small."
Actual Visit of Geraldine Lugod and Ryan Garcia. last May 24-25,2014
Photo Credits: Ryan Garcia
This is the model house designed and built by Kool Earth (our NGO partner in Aklan) for other families in the community. The families of Rosemay, Nikki, and Bing will soon have one.
This is how Bing's house looked like after Typhoon Yolanda/ Haiyan. They now live under it's roof which almost doesn't give them protection especially from the rain. Her two kids had to stop going to school and started working to help the family.
Help us rebuild their home.
The walls of Ate Nikki's house are made of trapal and bamboos that have lots of holes that do not offer a lot of protection when it is raining. Her kids are scholars of some schools in Kalibo. Look how many medals they have collected! Let us help them rebuild their house!
This is what's left of Rosemay's house after Typhoon Yolanda. Help us rebuild it.
Who are we?
We are a group of people who loves to travel. One time we came up with an idea to travel once a year not only for leisure but also for a cause.
The activity was initiated by my travel buddy, Ghe. Every year, we generate ideas on what kind of activity we can do to help our fellow kababayans, with the goal of sharing our blessings.
Expenses, from airfare to accommodations are being shouldered by the joiners plus a pledge to be given and shared for the outreach activity. We also ask for donations from friends in order to get the necessary funds. No amount is too small when you really want to help.
It started with a little fund. Most of the time, we are running out of budget but with the goal to continue the event. Still we manage to make it successful. :)
Year 2011 - Capas, Tarlac
The program is intended for our Aeta friends in Tarlac.
Year 2012 - Balanga, Bataan
We gave a kiddie party to our elderly in Bataan.
Year 2013 - Dumaguete
A projector was given to an elementary school in Dumaguete.
Year 2014 - Kalibo, Aklan
Restoring the homes of some families in Aklan who were affected by a typhoon.
Year 2015 - Narra, Palawan
Providing a computer laboratory for the kids of Maranan Elementary School
Year 2016 - Loay, Bohol
Building a mini library and a classroom for the students of Villalimpia Elementary School
Sharing a short span of time with the little kids of Magsaysay Elementary School is another one of a kind experience. Seeing their blissful smiles is indeed a fulfillment, adding up their heartwarming welcome and preparation. You can really see the excitement in their faces.
They really prepared for the event. The children went to school wearing their school uniforms even if it was a weekend. They even come up with a program. Oh yes, we were really entertained by the Grade One pupil’s bubbly dance number. They prepared also foods for us, we felt very much appreciated and of course blessed.
To our friends and colleagues who donated, please take a look of the pictures so that you will see how you made the kids and faculty happy. The children have their school supplies while the school has its own projector now.
KUDOS to everyone who made this project possible.
Looking forward on our next project. Where will it be? hmmm...
This is my first time to join the Travolunteers activity since I missed the event last year.
The objective is to make our Lolo and Lola's of Bahay Pag-asa experience a kiddie party. We intended to have it done in the middle of the year since many benefactors are giving away gifts during Christmas season.
The activity started with a prayer then followed by some games and introduction number both from our lolo, lola's and from us. :)
The Highlight of the party is Jollibee's dance number and of course the gift giving and lunch.
I have joined many activities like this, still, each experience and moments shared with our lolo's and lola;s were truly remarkable. The smile in their faces makes my heart melt.
Another thing, I admire and salute all the individuals who are taking care of them.
Who would have thought, we could tag along Jollibee to come over at Bahay Pag-Asa. :)