My dearest Philippines is still a developing country, some of you may not know that we still have a lot of places that are lacking in proper transportation system, education, healthcare and the list goes on.
One time, when I was traveling, I passed by a small village and a little boy waved at me and murmured something. I asked what is it that he wants, is it money? He shook his head and said no, he asked if I have a pen with me? He wanted a PEN. For him to learn to write.
He wanted a fcking PEN!!!! 😢
Shattered my heart into pieces. 💔
Another time I was trekking to the crater of Mt Pinatubo with my sister and on the way, in the middle of nowhere, we met some Aeta (indigenous) children, asking for food. Had I knew about them, I would have brought more food and clothes for them.
These are just few of the experiences I had. First- hand instances that changed my view in life. I know a lot of you may have encountered the same, in one way or another. It is a sad reality, but what are we gonna do about it? What can we do?
Why am I telling this to you? Well this message is mainly for my close friends and families, but even if we are just acquaintances or you know me thru mutual friends, I am already thankful you are reading this. This may be a small act, but we need to start at some point.
Hello my dearest friends. Some of you may know that my birthday is just around the corner, I may not be able to celebrate and feast with all of you due to the current situation, but I’m going to ask you a tiny favour. If you’re planning to send cakes or flowers to my home, please don’t. If you are buying me a present, please don’t. If you’re going to buy me a drink or dinner, please don’t. BUT, I would be more than happy and would really appreciate you if you donate those pennies instead to my chosen charity. I know it’s a difficult time now, but imagine how difficult it can be for those less fortunates, for the poorest of the poor.
My childhood friend, Shelly, works for a public school near my hometown in the Philippines (Sinilian, Camiling) and I truly admire her for that. We grew up together and I know for sure that she can help me with this project that I am doing. She mentioned that the families of her students were highly affected by this pandemic as parents were laid off from work (most of them are even earning LESS THAN the minimum wage US$10/ day). They are in much need of food supplies. This is a basic human necessity. I can not be doing nothing.
I, too, studied in a public school before. I remember how hard life was for some of my classmates. Sometimes, they would skip classes because they have no means for transportation, or they have none to spend for lunch/ merienda. I met these people, I grew up with them and I am forever grateful and now that I am capable, I wanted to help them. I am not rich (not yet haha) but I have tools to help them.
So I am humbly raising charity to help these families. For my birthday month. To my close friends (wala kayong kawala haha char) a dollar or two won’t hurt you. For you it’s nothing, but for them it is everything.
This means so much to me.
Please help me help them.
Love you guys 💗💗💗 - Leah B.