The Feeding Program at Holy Spirit School, Quezon City, Manila
Volunteering in the feeding program sponsored by In-visible at Holy Spirit School in Quezon City, Manila, is for sure the best thing I’ve done in my life. They provide a daily meal to 700 malnourished children that otherwise would go to class with an empty stomach. We are talking about lovely children (Colombian children were little devils comparing to Filipinos) who love playing, laughing, interacting. They always personally thank the volunteers after every lunch. And we are talking about healthy food, rice and fresh vegetables, in a city where people love frying everything possible and going to fast food.
In a better world this program should be offered by public administration and the workers should be paid since they work about six hours a day. But in a situation of poverty, globalization, corruption and lack of funds, the feeding program is a heroic act of a few generous people who freely dedicate half of their days volunteering to remedy the administration lacks. I could really not imagine how would be those children’s lives without the feeding program. Those volunteers are heroes to me because they also have economical and personal problems, but still they find time and energy to daily run this wonderful initiative. Who pays for all this? In-visible, a charity from UK that daily works to find financial resources.
And, if you feel like making a donation, you can be sure that every cent will be directly spent to buy food. Why is it the best thing I’ve done in my life? Simple: everything else comes after children’s hunger. We should establish our priorities in life: business? Money? Career? A big car? Personal success? Of course not. As far as there will be people starving, especially kids, there is not much to think about what comes first and what we must do. I really suggest everyone from a western country to take part to similar programs.
Thanks to EVS, to YouNet and to Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly for making this experience possible.