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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sharing the Gift of Knowledge: The Indios' Way

Indios Book Sharing Project: Sharing the gift of knowledge

Bound by a common interest--that is photography, Flickristasindios members go beyond what they see and capture through their lenses. Through their photowalks in the streets of Manila, photography has enabled them to see the stark realities in the plight among the poor. An idea came, "Why not make an outreach project so that we can, in one way or another, help ease the burden of the poor?".

As a result, it came up with a partnership with Red Cross Rizal Chapter in its regular outreach project in the Municipality of Rizal, where Flickristasindios participated by providing snacks for the children of Pantay Elementary School. Everyone was just so eager to help and reach out for the children.

It did not stop there. The members were more eager and enthusiastic to come up with another outreach project that even members who are based abroad expressed their willingness to join. Since we initially held a feeding program for the pupils, we thought of giving something that is close to their needs--that is education. It is also a blessing that my wife works for Children International-Philippines Housing Foundation, Inc., which provides used books. Although it should be easy for us, but propriety dictates that we should go through the right process, by formally asking for some books that we can donate for the school. Sharing the same passion of Flickristasindios, CIPHFI granted our wish by not only giving around 300 books on health, science, art, English, and math, but also other school and art supplies which the teachers would need in preparing their teaching materials, and for the children to use for their art projects.

After planning and coordination work, and mobilizing material, human and financial resources from the members of Flickristasindios, we were able to hold our second outreach project. Last November 15, Flickristasindios conducted its 2nd Outreach Project dubbed as: Book Sharing Project: Sharing the gift of knowledge, with Pantay Elementary School in Teresa Rizal as its partner-beneficiary.

Again, the children were treated to a snack and they received the books in behalf of the school. All the members, once again, felt good about being able to reach out.

In behalf of the Administrators of the Flickristasindios, let me thank all the members who supported this activity and for being a channel of goodwill and development. We also thank the Principal and faculty of Pantay Elementary School, and also Children International - Philippines Housing Foundation for the books we have donated, and for helping this small effort come into reality.


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