I and my family have started a T-shirt campaign wherein for each shirt bought, another one shall be given to an underprivileged schoolchild in Mindanao, especially those living in conflict-affected areas and Indigenous Peoples/Lumad communities. Why?
While other privileged children go to school with new clothes, new shoes, and other new stuff, many underprivileged schoolchildren go to school never experiencing such luxury. They only get to wear hand-me-downs. Some even go to school with tattered shirts. And worse, some children would prefer not going to school for they do not have decent clothes to wear for school.
Such is the inspiration of the “ I still care” campaign. Yes, we call it “I Still Care” campaign because the idea is -- Whoever YOU are, Wherever YOU come from, Whatever YOUR personality is, Or whatever YOU feel or think, We believe YOU still care...
As of the present, we have already given new shirts bearing a line "Happy because You Care" prints to more than 150 Grade 1-Grade 2 schoolchildren in Maguindanao in 3 primary schools in remote areas. And aside from giving out new shirts, we conduct a storytelling session (our story aims to inspire the kids to pursue education and study hard despite the adversities of life), games, and feeding program.
We have served such schools where there were neither any source of electricity and even accessible potable water resource, where children had had to reach the school walking through muddy or dusty rough road; where most of these children haven't gone to the city, haven't watched the television, and rarely experienced receiving new clothes or new stuff for school.
Remember how we may feel when receiving new shirts? Excited right? Now imagine how we could make these children feel? But more importantly, we really want to reach out to these kids, and make them feel that we care for them. That the world still cares for them. And we hope, by doing so… we can inspire them in moving forward and going to school.
Our activities were mainly dependent upon the shirts that we sold. But we know we can only do so much with the shirts that we sell for a minimum price. And having seen the schoolchildren in need and the smiles and joy that we kindled simply by the new shirts that they received and of the desire to pursue their education reflected in their eyes, we know we have to do more... we want to reach out to more children. So would you help us reach to 200 more primary schoolchildren? Please do.
Thus, we hope you would support the Campaign, which is mainly founded on the beauty of giving and receiving because of caring. Your donations in any amount could go a long way. You may also come visit our Facebook page: Hearts in Rags for more details. God Speed!