Sharing with people what you have might be the most rewarding thing that you can give to yourself.
Life is not just about what you whim for yourself but also be that person to fill in the gap of what others lack and try to attach the string of hope.
We are no Larry Ellison nor Angelina Jolie, but at the time we thought of doing this charity work, it is more than of calling ourselves volunteers..advocates..or whatever tag names you have when you extend your helping hands to others. This is an inner self-consciousness that dictates ourselves to share a little blessing to them and associate this action as social responsibility.
It doesn’t matter how humongous your contributions are, what matters most is on how you exhibit awareness and elevate higher your participation in the society. Yes, maybe, this kind of activity won’t last for long, but the thing is, when government lacks the ability to sustain and continuously perform its inherent responsibility, it is always an incentive to participate on issues like this that concerns the society. Why is this an incentive? I consider this as an incentive primarily because of the idea of how people or even young generations inculcate the value of awareness and try to maximize their responsibility not only for themselves but to their fellow countrymen.
Yes, we call our circle of friends SuperFriends, but we aren’t Super Heroes like Superman and friends. But we can always be our own Superhero.
Bamban, Tarlac is approximately 2-hour drive from Manila. It is located at the northern part of the Philippines. We left from Manila early in the morning to assure well managed time for the program. This ain’t no special charity, it is simply the same as other charitable institutions have. We went to a little mountainous village at Bamban, Tarlac, near boundary of Pampanga. In this small village, live an indigenous tribe, the Aetas (who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of Luzon, Philippines).
As we arrived there, people were very accommodating totally opposite of what others tell that they used to seclude themselves from the modern society. As we had our conversations with them, especially to their leader or barangay captain. They all have different sentiments about their living condition – access to basic social services and government assistance. These are may be the usual things or concerns that people from developing countries always cry on, on how relatively government performs. We cannot blame these people from losing hope and trust from the government. When they feel like disregarded by the government, the worst tendency that might happen is how the concept of social contract theory loosens. This should be the things that the government should try to work out.
Indigenous people in the Philippines or even in other countries are considered vulnerable. Government may grant them representation in legislative concerns but more than that the greatest way to empower them is to provide them the basic needs and social assistance, which I consider a basic human right.
After the conversations we had, we started giving the small blessing we have for them. Seeing these people happy is the most rewarding thing we received that day. All the packing efforts and picking up of donations were absolutely worth it. Seeing children on that condition deserve nothing but a life full of hope and happiness.
We asked them, “what do you want to be someday?”
He answered: “I want to be a doctor.”
She answered: “I want to teach. So, I want to be a teacher.”
If we come to think of it, these are simple dreams that may be hard for them to achieve, but it is never too late for us to be part of those dreams and try making them happen.
As we left that village, we were full of hopes and promised to ourselves. “We will definitely continue this.” *SMILE*
But of course, this won’t be possible without the people who shared their little blessing. :)THANK YOU!