Help For Happiness is a, for now, personal wish to be able help children living on the street in the Philippines through volunteer work.
Hi. My name is Gry Nielsen and I am a 23 year old Danish woman studying to become a social worker. I'm on my third year and I will be getting my bachelors as a special and social educator (social worker) in June of 2018. I see myself as a positive, warm and happy woman, who has an interest in things such as being creative, traveling, meeting people, experiencing new things that I feel gives me a better perspective for my surroundings, people and what goes on in the world. I am a structual person by nature and I always work with a great deal of independence, overview and I'm always open to trying new things. I am highly engaged in whatever I partake in and I always try my hardest to reach the best result possible.
Since I’ve been on a 6 month long adventure in the Philippines as part of my third internship in my third year of my Education, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the country, nature, culture and last but not least, the boys I met in the center I interned at. The center is for boys in the ages of 6 to 21, who have been in trouble with the law, comes from a life on the street or have been abused and therefore placed at the center instead of being sent to jail or abandoned on the street. The center can offer a stable home, guidance on how to be independent and help for their individual needs, such as help with homework or personal difficulties, as long as they respect the rules, do their given tasks and stay in school. The centers staff is made up of a chef, social workers, Philippine social workers, Danes studying to be social workers, volunteers, guards, police, cleaning crew, an administrator, boss, and so called house/parents. The center cooperates with several drop-in centers, the police, social workers, other children’s homes, the government and the street task force (active professionals or volunteers).
Now I have once again decided to make the trip to this wonderful and gorgeous country meet people in their current position and try to do my part. That aside, I wish to experience how the boys spend their summer break and since I am writing my bachelor at the same time I’ll have the opportunity to collect knowledge and experiences for my project. I also want to participate in some of the projects that other Danes have set up in The Philippines such as orphanages, organizations that primarily works with street kids or feeding programs, either run by Danes or Philippines, taking place in the poorest and high risk slum areas.
I will be leaving for the Philippines at the end of March and I will stay there for all of April and May. I will be using a Facebook group I’ve created for updates and pictures of my upcoming adventure, my work and to show what and who your donations will be going towards helping.
Every donation will primarily go towards helping street kids, their families and the boys from the center. I will of course document every step of the way as a means of thanks and to prove that your donation did go to someone who truly needed it.
I have two big trips in mind for the future. The times we took trips out of the center the last time I was there, the boys continuously begged to stay the night at the resort of whatever beach we were at. This has not yet been possible because of the lack of funds. If we raise enough funds they will primarily go towards important activities and resources such as feedings, medical checkups, school supplies, etc. If we end up raising more funds than we are anticipating they will go towards trips and activities for the boys.
Here are the primary wishes:
1. Medical checkups and medicine for sick kids.
2. Feeding programs for street kids.
3. Meals/water/games/snacks for when I am working with the children living in the slum areas.
4. Dentist visits and checkups for the boys at the center.
5. School supplies such as mandatory uniforms, books, writing utensils, paper, schoolbags, folders, etc.
Wishes if any profits are left:
6. A whole day of football/baseball/soccer etc. (along with snacks, water and tools for the games).
7. More game days at the center such as treasure hunts or fun games.
8. A single night stay at a cheap beach or pool resort (it is possible to find very cheap rooms or camping spots for tents).
9. Cinema, McDonalds, etc. trip.
If you have any suggestions or wishes then I would gladly hear them.
In order to take steps towards eliminating poverty we must consider entrepreneurship and development projects as tools that we can use to our advantage, along with traveling to the countries where poverty lives.
Money is hard to come by in The Philippines and therefore means a lot when they go to important causes such as street kids. This in particular is something that can help give people a better quality of life. It shouldn’t just be a big black hole wherein we throw our money without knowing exactly where and what they go towards. I believe that all people are born equals but under different circumstances and this is why I am asking for help and support, precisely to try and better someone else’s quality of life.
With 21 dollars you can give a child and their family a feast for a possible birthday, holiday, new years or other occasion, which will cover everything that should be included in such a lovely day or night. With 21 dollars you can feed 10 street kids with a nutritious meal and water. With 33 dollars you can buy 1 gallon of ice cream that’ll feed 50 people. With 7 dollars you can donate black powder for their already worn down obligatory school pants, to all of the boys from the center. With 10 dollars you can give a child or adult a weeks worth of penicillin medicine.
These are examples to help illustrate how any and all donations, no matter how big or small, will help where it is most crucial.
Both for the boys at the center but also for the street children and their families whom I’m sure will be extremely grateful for a meal, medicine, clean water, a new clean shirt or a new pair of flip-flops. But most importantly they need people who see them as equal individuals and who are willing to lend a helping hand.
When I buy some street food to share a meal on the ground with a group of street children, I always imagine how the smile on their faces would look if they had the opportunity to share a warm meal around a table in a safe environment. I believe ever child deserves that much.
Every child is one caring adult away from being a success story.
I know that helping one child won't change the world but for that one child their whole world can change.
In advance I would like to thank you all so much for your help. Help For Happiness.
Gry Louise Baasch Nielsen.
Link to Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/168259220566896/