I had known Mr. Joel Lariba, the principal of Palalan Elementary School since 1996. We were assigned in the farthest Public Elementary School in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines located in the Southwest District called Besigan Elementary School. When Mr. Lariba told me that it ached his heart to see the students coming to school almost barefoot because part of the slippers had a big hole already, I believe him right away.Six compassionate bloggers/individual responded to my blog post and they are:
- Theresa Stuart of USA
- Ronald Saunders of USA
- Rose Buenconsejo of Cebu City, Philippines
- Ade Andriyani of Indonesia
- Nancy Jho of USA
- Yena Eras of Manila, Philippines
They are the people who believe that the money donated will really reach out to the concern students. It may be small amount but $1 can already buy at least 2 slippers. That is the BIG difference. Thank you for the trust and for showing compassion to these students.
The effort you made will not make a big impact to the world but, for the eyes of the recipient at that moment, it means everything. I remembered a moment when I was assigned as a third grade teacher in Besigan Elementary School, few of my students wear their slippers inside the classroom. They come to school barefoot. I asked why and one of the kids said, " I do not want my slippers to get dirty". My point here is that, slippers might be an ordinary thing for us but, for those who have nothing in possession, slippers are something to treasure.
Look at the SMILE of this kid, precious right?
The parents of these children can afford to buy slippers but, food for the table is a priority. Therefore, children come to school wearing worn out slippers.
Thanks to the teachers for taking the time of buying 77 pairs of slippers. I know it was an added burden yet, you do not complain.
Another child with a happy smile here.
155 children in this school but, only 77 were listed as having a worn out slippers. On December, I am planning to solicit something for their Christmas Party. This time, its for every children in this school. They have 155 plus 22 kindergarten so; 177 children to prepare for Christmas.
Whatever you can donate, I will be very happy to accept as mediator. Rest assured that the whole amount will be sent to them as is.
Look at their environment, they have the fantastic view of the mountain. Their classroom is well ventilated and they do not need an air conditioned room. They are so blessed in many ways right?