POHD's Hygiene Kit Gifts for the Kids of Panalum, Pacquibato District, Davao City

in charity •  last year  (edited)

Every December and June each year, Pens of Hope in Davao always initiates an outreach program to the outskirts of Davao City that is seldom reached by both our national and local government. It’s aim is to address the scarcity of writing materials in the far flung barangays of the Philippines. Pens of Hope in Davao has been passionately doing the program for 10 years now after the Idea was originally conceptualized by Nortehanon, A blogger that comes from Northern Samar.

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As one of the admins and volunteer of the group, together with the founder couple Kikit and Dan Guillano, I am excited to share to you (in random order) the journey this group have done for many years.

The 18th Big Day!

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Photo credit: Ate Kikit

It was a cloudy morning last december 16, 2016 when we gathered at Lala’s Barbeque House located at Obrero St. Davao City. While waiting for our truck to arrive, we started bringing out all the gifts we prepared for the kids of Barangay Panalum, Pacquibato District, Davao City. 5:30am we started our drive to Barangay Panalum. As we travel along the highway going to Panabo, the rain started to pour, good thing we prepared a big tarp enough to cover the boxes of hygiene kits and us at the back of the truck. It was a long and winding trip when we entered the rough road going to our destination.

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We arrived at the small barangay safe and kinda wet but it’s alright because there’s a more challenging task coming our way as we started to trek the muddy trail into the small community at the uphill part of the barangay. We have to take off our shoes and slippers just for us not to slid into the mud and deliver our gifts safe and clean.

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Reaching the community was a challenge but after seeing the kids run towards us smiling was so heartwarming enough to erase our exhaustion. They helped us with our boxes and gave us water. We settled our things and then asked them to gather. After a thankful prayer by one of their tribal leader, we shared the food we bring along with us.

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The hygiene kits distribution started after we filled our stomachs with food. So we again gathered them into a bigger area where we can start the program proper. The program started with a ritual dance prayer from their tribe. After the prayer, a group of young kids gave us an introduction by showcasing their talent in singing using their own dialect. Our volunteers also shared some spiritual song offering for the kids to prosper and become successful in life.

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Video Screenshot from Pens of Hope in Davao Page. To view the actual video, click here

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Video Screenshot from Pens of Hope in Davao Page.

After the singing event, we started giving them their Christmas gifts. The group decided to give hygiene kits as a gift because we have received a news from the teachers that they are getting sick due to poor hygiene and they cannot go to school if they are sick. So instead of school kits which was originally planned, we decided to change it so that we can also teach them how to have a proper hygiene. Our school kits gift giving to this community has been postponed to may of 2017 in time before the school season starts.

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It's nice to see these kids and their parents appreciate each little wrapped packs we gave to them. Their smile is something you can always cherish and appreciate. Their genuine "thank yous" accompanied with their #tearsofjoy are like music to the soul and it gives you a wider perspective to become a better person. Being able to share an ample amount of blessing you receive in life to these little community has a big impact on their lives so I am thankful to all the sponsors whom, without hesitation, readily gave donations to make this program happen.

After our distribution, we partied to the tune of budots which the kids hastily take on the challenge. tiw tiw tiw..

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But wait, there's more...

The Magic Show for barangay Panalum..

The Magic Show event which was made possible by one of our sponsors and it took place at barangay Panalum's gymnasium. It was one hour show of magic tricks and illusions for the kids to enjoy.

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In the end, everyone was overwhelming with joy. I am so grateful to become part of the awesome group Pens of Hope in Davao who tirelessly dedicated time to continue to serve the less fortunate kids in the far flung communities of Davao. Being a volunteer, we sometimes do some things with a "come what may" thought. We sometimes take risks that creates fear and uncertainty. But everything makes a perfect sense when you see someone happy because of your efforts and/or just because you are with them.

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This is just one of the many outreach programs and art workshops the group has initiated. I will post more of the group's journey in the upcoming days.

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All photos (except the screenshots and the 2nd pic) was captured by me using Ate Kikit Guillano's camera. You may see all of my shots at our facebook page Pens of Hope in Davao under the album name of "18th Big Day"

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Thank you for being one of those oeople who have a kind heart helping those people especially who are in need.. Saludo ako sayo kabayan @lakawero..

Keep it up =)

@micch

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Thank you ma'am. Credit goes to the founders of the group and its tireless volunteers. And of course, to all the sponsors who never hesitated to share their blessings to others. :)

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I love people doing good deeds keep it up guys 😊

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Yes sir. We will. There's more to come :)

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Go DAVAO!!! Power!!!!! I salute... I am with you guys! I am not yet a whale neither a dolphin to contribute for upvote to use for a charity work. But if we will gather it together, we can make money... I hope other whales who gave them delegations will help us...

May God bless who have a golden heart to help the charity workers like us... I love you guys!!!

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Thank you so much sir @kennyroy. Your vote and comment is enough to boost and pursue more our deed to help others. Now we have steemit for additional source of funds. Blessed are those who have good hearts who are unselfish to share their blessings to others. God bless us all sir ken :)

Wow. Keep it up po :) May God bless you more and more :) Keep posting

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May God bless us all more so we can help more :)

Great work. Keep going.

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Thank you so much sir @iyanpol12

Thank you guys for helping those who in needs. May God bless all of you more si you can help more people.

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Thank you ma'am @sitiaishah this would not be possible without the generosities of our sponsors. May God bless us all.

We love what you're doing and we look forward to reading your next posts about your philanthropic work. Awesome post too! It is featured in SteemPH Davao Daily Featured Posts for Feb 27. Keep up the good work!

Congrats for that campaign, helping people...we featured your post in our weekly minnows post update.

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Ang sarap pagmasdan sa tuwing nagtutulungan at nagkakaisa ang mga Pilipino! :D

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Totoo po yan. Hehe nakakataba ng puso makita ang suporta na binibigay ng karamihan sa tuwing humihingi ang POHD ng mga donations para may maibigay kami sa mga bata sa bukid.

People with good hearts, like you guys deserve all the best in this world. Keep it up and God bless!

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we all have good hearts and that interest in helping ma'am. I am just lucky I have friends who took the initiative. God bless us all po. :)

Sharing blessings are the best thing ever. It is good to know that we have a community that we can help others who are in need. God bless!