When I Am Home

coolasas
Posted September 17, 2015 from Philippines

I am from the Philippines, an archipelago in the south-east Asian region where we are visited by typhoon and cyclone all year round but in spite of that I love the tropical feel of my country where the sun never stops giving you the sunshine you need to brighten your day everyday (except maybe during signal number 4). I have 3 siblings, one already is with mom in heaven, the older brother is in Cambodia whom I will visit in couple of weeks and my sister, the eldest is back home looking out for Dad, while I am here in Nepal helping out for the earthquake recovery. Traveling helped me grew and helped me see a different worldview, giving me the confidence I have now to see my dreams through.

So when I am home, I started helping a struggling local organization in my village, most members are people with disabilities and others are mothers wanting to see some change in their lives and the lives of their children, through the programs of the government and through their own effort. You will be surprised to know that in spite of no money the group was able to mobilize a membership of almost 100 and growing. But like any small organization, it needs some guidance to be its own boss to see its program realize and that is what I am doing for them, with two other friends. I don’t know how much I can help them but I hope I can help more than enough that they would not need to be dependent on what “alms” are given to them by our corrupt government. As always, funds a problem and I have to see where and who I can link up to get them access to lots of them to make their dreams a reality – maybe not a lot but something to get them started. Maybe through here I will get access to resources that otherwise would be denied from them. I will need to get the group online and let people know them – they are lovely people! Happy to be associated with them J

That is why I am using all my skills and experience (and network) to get what I want and transfer them to my little group and accompany them as much as I could. I will need help that’s for sure, I am just one person, with my own need and family but unlike my new friends, I have enough to carry me through my future but I want to take them with me. I also know that I cannot hold their hands all the time, I need to let them go after all the group’s name is “ASSOCIATION OF EMPOWERED PWD”.

I’ve done it to many other countries, and people why can’t I do it for the one close to home.

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champagne
Sep 18, 2015
Sep 18, 2015

Dear coolasas,

Thank you for helping our kabayan (people in Philippines)Especially those who needed help, victims of typhoon.Im so proud of you. This world needed a person like you, have a big heart and always think other people instead of the yourself. I remember when the last time I go back to the Philippines and to be a volunteer to people affected by typhoon. It's a heartbreaking to see old people, childrens, pregnant women,sleeping in a crowded evacuation center.Food is not enough, shortage of medical assistance. But when we came in the evacuation center its worth to walk for 2hours across the mountains and river to rich that community, when you saw the smile in their face despite of what been through cause of typhoon. Their overwhelming welcome courage and inspired me. I want you know that I'm willing to help you in anyway as I can.To help our kabayan especially those in remote area. Mabuhay ka.Continue of what you doing. Always take care.

Regards, champagne

coolasas
Sep 19, 2015
Sep 19, 2015

Thank you Champagne for the nice comment.

I will keep you in mind when I go and see the group again when I go back home soon. They would need all the help they can get to set them to the right path :) In fact while I am out here in Nepal most members was able to attend computer training which can be vital once I introduce World Pulse to them and start giving them ideas on how to write stories.

Be well always and God bless.

Damilola Fasoranti
Sep 18, 2015
Sep 18, 2015

Dear Coolasas,

I am really touched when I got to this line, "but I hope I can help more than enough that they would not need to be dependent on what “alms” are given to them by our corrupt government."

I can picture your idea about sustainability and a community co-dependent development. I buy your idea of empowering communities to a point where they can fly with their own wings and scale over hurdles with their own potential.

I really commend your great work in Nepal and I will like to learn more about the progress of your program there.

All the best and hearty cheers.

Fasoranti.

coolasas
Sep 19, 2015
Sep 19, 2015

Thank you Farosanti for the nice comment.

We all need a little push to get us going, I had mine and I am not happy spreading my wings to where I want to be and I want to be that person to others - giving them the nudge, pushing them a little and guiding them along the way until they are ready.

Nepal is great, I am glad I accepted this mission however short it will be (4 months) because I am able to share my skills and see the reality on the ground and feel the hope that resonates in every person I meet.

All the best to you too :)

HodaK
Sep 19, 2015
Sep 19, 2015

Dear Colusa’s

Reading your story I see a great example of strength, generosity and determination. These are great qualities that you possess. While we sit in our comfortable homes watch our TV screens and learn about the devastation earth quake  brought to places like Nepal, people like you are on the ground helping to save lives and restore hope. Furthermore, your determination to help communities and organisations in your home land such as the 'ASSOCIATION OF EMPOWERED PWD' is truly inspirational. If every human being on this earth gave a little bit of their time and effort to make a difference to someone else's life the world would be a better place.

Well done for using all means possible to get more exposure for 'ASSOCIATION OF EMPOWERED PWD', I am sure your hard work and determination coupled with resilience will get them a great exposure and bring donors to fund the organisation.

It is not easy to get attention in the development world, as suffering and poverty is all around us, therefore it is crucial to be resilient and keep your focus so that you can realise your end goal.

It takes a special person to do what you do and you surely are one!

Kind regards

Hoda

coolasas
Sep 19, 2015
Sep 19, 2015

Thank you Hoda for the inspiring words!

I agree with you -- we all have a part to do to make this world a better place and I like to believe I am doing something for others while enriching my life in the process.

I will be resilient, as I see that with the people I help, with my friends and with the inspiring people around me. And I will keep my faith to God and let him continue to use me as his instrument here on earth, trying my best to do his bidding.

Keep us all in your thoughts!

Good luck to you always.

nikhila.sl
Sep 21, 2015
Sep 21, 2015

Dear Coolasas,

Thank you for all that you do! I went through your website for ASSOCIATION OF EMPOWERED PWD and its so inspiring. The pictures, workshop details, achievements, the different chapters and of course a well-maintained website show how much thought you and your team have put into it and how dedicated you are.

Charity begins at home and you have taken it to the next level by helping out in Nepal too. God Bless You!

I wish you the best and thank you for inspiring me to do good :-)

Best wishes, Nikhila

coolasas
Sep 24, 2015
Sep 24, 2015

Thank you Nikhila for the kind words, and thank you for visiting the website. I will pass your message to the group I am sure they will be happy to know how much they are appreciated.

I already have plans with them when I go back to the Philippines after Nepal, hopefully by next year there will be women in that group writing stories here in the WP, sharing their stories to all of us by using the training toolkits we have here. Let's see where it gets me :)

Thanks once again and see your posts around.

Cheers

Coolasas

sarahhoo
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Coolasas-

How inspiring you are! I also work with adults and children with diabilities at a summer camp. I hope to do more as I complete graduate school. People with disablities have some of the greatest, most intricate minds. The camp that I worked at over the summer is like your association, as it is small but thriving. How lucky we are to be able to connect with people using technology. Our communities are getting bigger every day. 

Through the WorldPulse online network, I hope you are able to find more people in your area who are able to help with your project, ASSOCIATION OF EMPOWERED PWD. Good luck!

-Sarah

coolasas
Sep 24, 2015
Sep 24, 2015

Hi Sarah, I know right, the network is getting bigger and I am planning to bring in more of the women in my small group to be part of this beautiful platform and share their own stories in the future. I just have to take advantage of the opportunity and try too find others to help me too, I am sure there are many kind hearted people here and there, that is why I am very optimistic.

We need to keep people aware that people with disabilities are no different than us mind, body and spirit -- they may need some help and they can be alright. Like everybody they will need someone to believe in their abilities, give them opportunities and guide them and you will be inspired on what they can do after :)

Keep me company and let's empower more people with disabilities in our community, here in WP and everywhere.

Thank you!

Coolasas

BarbaraP
Sep 25, 2015
Sep 25, 2015

Hi Coolasas,

First of all, I was very impressed that you are currently working to help Nepal rebuild itself after the earthquake!  That is so inspirational.  I support a student there through another organization and some people from that group are going over this fall to help build houses.  I can't go this year, but plan to go a year from now.  They tell me there will still be plenty of work to be done then.  Thank you for being there now.

And closer to your home, I am really glad to know of the organization that you are helping, Association of Empowered PWD.  I looked at their website--it looks wonderful.  I'm sure you will be influential in assisting them reach disabled people who need their help and support.  I would like to follow your progress and hear what happens in the future.

You are so strong to be devoting yourself to helping others.  Yes, we all need to get out of our own lives and see who can use a little help around us.  It's not always easy or comfortable, but as human beings sharing this earth, we all need to be there for each other.  You are an inspiring person, to be not only helping in the Phillippines but also in Nepal.  Keep up the great work, Coolasas!

Barbara

coolasas
Sep 27, 2015
Sep 27, 2015

Hello Barbara, 

I am happy receive your comment, thank you for your appreciation of what I do. We were raised by my parents and immediate family to not be selfish in spite of us not having enough because there are people who have much less than us. I saw that from them, my elders and I think that was what inspired me to do what I do now. 

I do not have a lot in terms of money or possession except my time and talent that is why I try to share them the best I can. Doing what I am doing in Nepal gives me the satisfaction that I am using God's gift to help others. The same goes for my village -- I have so much plans for them I don't know how to proceed, where to begin at the same time I have trepidations if I can make it a success at home (as compared to when I do it overseas).

Good luck to your team coming over here in Nepal, rebuilding would be very important and immediate, the winter is coming and many still are living in tents and makeshift houses. What Nepal needs to rebuild their homes according to the tradition and the climate and to continue living as best they could in spite of the changes nature has brought them. I hope your team could bring that to them, good luck, I will pray for you. 

Thanks once again ... and I'll keep you posted. 

Coolasas 

Pushpa Achanta
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Dear Coolasas,

Hello. Great to know a bit about you, your work and ideals. I agree that it's vital to assist others as they need but without imposing ourselves on them.

Continue your important activities and expression.

Warmth & love,

Pushpa

coolasas
Oct 06, 2015
Oct 06, 2015

Thank you Pushpa for your encouragement. I hope to keep on going in spite of the distance and tough times :) 

Good luck to you too. 

Cheers,

Coolasas

Julia O
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Hi Coolasas, Thanks so much for your post - I really enjoyed reading it. Your small organization sounds amazing and its growing membership shows how much it was needed. I bet it will grow beyond 100 people...Your work is very inspiring. I especially liked when you wrote about how travelling has helped you grow and has given you the confidence to make your dreams come true. It's lovely when dreams come true and I'm so glad you have the confidence and determination to make yours happen! Best wishes, Julia

coolasas
Oct 06, 2015
Oct 06, 2015

Hello Julia, Thank you very much for appreciating my post and enjoying it. I am lucky to have the kind of work I do - work and travel at the same time allows me to have a wider world view that made some of my dreams a reality.

Good luck to you and all the best!

Coolasas

Tejaswini Tilak
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Hello Coolasas, 

Your story is truly inspiring! It is incredible that you are finding so many different ways to touch the lives of people who need it the most!

I found this statement of yours totally agreeing with the way I feel - "Traveling helped me grew and helped me see a different worldview". Personally, I feel that travelling and interacting with people from different parts of the world teaches you that "Different is OK" - it reduces the biases we grow up with in our small communities.

Wish you all the best for your Association. It would be fabulous to hear from members of this group in the future.

Best Regards,

Tejaswini

coolasas
Dec 15, 2015
Dec 15, 2015

Hello Tejaswini, 

No excuse for my delay in replying ... I want to thank you for your comment and being inspired by my post. 

Now that I am litterally home I hope to reach back in and get more involved and get things going for them until I leave again. 

Thanks again. 

Coolasas

Mary Morgan
Oct 01, 2015
Oct 01, 2015

Hi, Coolasas!

I have always wondered if I would enjoy living by the ocean like you. Have you been homesick while you are in Nepal? I must say I am so impressed with your service in aiding the eathquake recovery efforts. It takes a special person to offer a brave hand to help others. And with your organization at home, too! Its so great that you have over 100 others behind you, but I can understand feeling that weight of having to be the leader! I think any avenue and knowledge you can get about telling their stories is well worth it.

I'm glad to meet you! -Mary

coolasas
Dec 15, 2015
Dec 15, 2015

Hello Mary, 

My parents homeland is by the sea and we never had the same sunrise and sunset when I am there visiting :) it's always nice even when there's typhoon and the waves are racing (but not when it destroys). But no I am never the homesick kind of person, I've been traveing all my life and I learned to adjust because I get to go home on the special time of the year for families - Christmas time! 

I am back now, finished my support to Nepal and it was a very good experience - meeting and living with them and understanding a little bit of the life in the hills and of course to admire the great Himalayan range. 

I will tell more stories later, I just need to get my act together. Thanks for the encouragement. 

Glad to meet you too ... All the best!

Coolasas