PS: Post taken from: Juy’s Blog.
The day we were all so excited about. Maybe it was because after years of dormancy in aspects of socio-civic activities and programs, here is another chance for the group to contribute to the society by way of sharing what we have.
With a box filled with 215 notebooks for the elementary pupils of Paquibato, Davao Bloggers Inc. is again back into the world of volunteerism. 🙂
DB Officers Dulce, Mark, and I (Anj) met at the van terminal located beside Gaisano Mall of Davao to meet up with the other volunteers who will be helping in the distribution of school supplies. It was there that we met the SICO members and volunteers whom we will be teaming up with for the activity.
There was Ate Kikit (the project head), together with her husband, Kuya Dan. Aside from the duo, was Kuya Rogel who works at Chinabank, Ate Mabel who works at BPI, and Ate Sugar who loves to talk about her daughter, Sweet. On meeting these 5 energetic individuals, Ate Dulce, Mark and I knew that we were in good hands.
After an hour of travel, we reached Panabo and alighted in Jollibee for a quick breakfast and to meet the habal-habal drivers that will take us to the place.
The eating and casual conversations, plus the biyahilo-ness of Mark was only the tip of the iceberg. More experiences and unforgettable events occurred along the road to Paquibato.
With plastics in hand, we have to regularly balance ourselves so as not to slip off the seat. When traversing bumpy roads there were those moments when our butts were swaying right to left like a pendulum. Since I was seating in the middle of the driver and Ate Dulce, there were moments when I thought I could already breathe easily, only to find myself squished in my seat again.
My kryptonite were the trucks that leave behind a heavy trail of dust, thereby giving free foundation for our faces and stiffening our hair like a broomstick! HAHA!
With numb butts, sunburned skin, leg cramps, stiffened hair, and faces covered with dust; we went for a quick stopover near Panalum Elementary School to grab some bites before going off for a long trek to the mountain where the kids reside.
It was a long ride nonetheless, but I was happy for I got the chance to take a pic of a jeep that was fully loaded with people. Riding on the topload of a jeepney is actually a part of my bucket list and seeing it for myself fueled up my passion to do it also as soon as possible!
|Kuya Driver stuck in a rut, rather, mud|
And so, the journey continues.
Aside from the roads, we also have to hike up a small mountain. It was just funny because although we did not require the habal-habal drivers to accompany us up there, they volunteered themselves so as to make our burden lighter.
One such driver, unintentionally found his vehicle trapped in a heavy cake of mud and the other drivers have to push him out of it. Truly, no volunteer work could ever be successful without the cooperation of all individuals who are a part of it.
Every person is integral in making sure that the activity ends successfully and wonderfully.
|The kids welcoming us amongst the banana groves|
|Children in the Clouds|
The Giving of Gifts
Upon reaching the top, we were all breathless. Not just because we were tired, but because of the breathtaking view that welcomed us up there. The view from the top was just awesome! With the wind gently brushing your cheeks right down to the greenery of the surroundings, it is the perfect place to come to for recreation and relaxation.
Because we were a bit late in arrival, the kids were already hungry, thus we have to cut our activity short. Instead of grouping the kids via grade levels, we decided to just hold a storytelling session for all of them (adults included!).
And guess who got to be the on-the-spot storyteller-slash-bisaya translator for it… I Did. Hahaha! (Anyways, more of that on my other blog post. :D)
After the storytelling we had the kids organized according to their grade level. We then proceeded to group the school supplies depending on the recipients. Each child received an envelope complete with writing and coloring materials.
For the preschool and kindergarten, we skipped the notebooks but included sketchbooks. For the grade 1 pupils, we skipped on giving the scissors. For the higher levels that include grades 4-6, backpacks were also given.
After the distribution, the kids were all smiles. Seeing their happy faces, we knew that all the hardwork we’ve put in for the activity was all worth it. We also reminded them on how to take care of these materials and conserve it, since we might be returning there on December.
Sunburn, cramps, and all are no match to the jovial mood everyone is in. As a way to express gratitude, the villagers broke coconuts for us, which we merrily drank and ate.
The entire activity was truly a success! Come December, we might again be back there again to give the kids Christmas gifts.
So, if that comes up, be open and be available to join us as we again visit the Matigsalob pupils in Brgy. Panalum. 🙂