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Read With Me : Sharing, Giving, Reaching Out

Posted August 22nd, 2010 in Corporate News by Employee

 

A number of Philippine Prudential Life employees acceded to Kuya Ef’s invitation to share, give and reach out to less fortunate children in Cavite City last July 24, 2010. This half day outreach program of the company was dubbed Read With Me – makitulak, makibasa, magbigay.

 

Together with the Dynamic Teen Company headed by the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year, Kuya Efren Peñaflorida, the 23 selfless Philippine Prudential Life employees volunteered to assist the children of Cavite City’s dumpsite and market areas in their quest for knowledge.


The first site was the market area where the group pushed three “karitons” containing the learning materials, food and medicine. The lessons started at 8:30 up to 10:00 in the morning. Regular students were around 150. There were classes for Values Formation for children 3-9 years old and Literacy program for 10-12 years old. The teacher-volunteers were young, creative and very patient in handling children of varying attitudes. Some very young children were naughty and inattentive yet the teachers were able to handle them.


The second site was the dumpsite where the group again pushed “karitons” from the market area straight to the dumpsite/cemetery. Classes already started when we arrived at the site. There were 150 students who gathered near the shaded tombs. It is where classes are held every weekend. Classes in the dumpsite/cemetery were also on Values Formation and Literacy.


One can really see the hunger and eagerness of the children to learn. This implies their desire to change; improve themselves and the lives of their families. These children are not just ordinary children. At a very young age, they are already helping their parents earn money for their survival. These children are born of parents who cannot afford to send their children to school. If not due to the efforts of the Dynamic Teen Company, they might end up in gangs, vices and violence in the future.


The teachers/volunteers are worth commending. They are heroes in their own ways. Without us who volunteered on that day, they will also be the ones who will push the “karitons” from site to site. And they do this under the heat of the sun and even under the rain.




We are far lucky than the children in the Cavite City’s market and dumpsite areas. And it takes only a little effort to reach out, share and give. There is a hero within us; we just have to find it.

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