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.