Friday, November 24, 2017

I support World Vision! Plus, news on their recovery aid for returning families in Marawi

Hello, mamas! I'm happy to announce that I have decided to support a worthy cause—the education and literacy of children, especially our underprivileged fellow Filipino kids. I've been thinking about this this year, now that I have two sons in big school. Education is expensive. Tuition, books, school supplies, uniform, baon, projects, the trips back and forth every school day—it's terrible!

There have been a few times these past few months na napapaluhod ako sa takot kasi the tuition is due and wala talaga kaming pera. I'd pray, "Lord, Lord, sabi Niyo hindi Niyo kami pababayaan. Tuition na next week and the checks haven't come. Help us!" I remember nitong August lang, I was praying so hard again and the next day, a blog sponsor called and said the check is ready and the amount was just what I needed to pay my sons' tuition! Coincidence or answered prayer? You know what I believe, mamas!

These instances have made me think na ako na nga who is privileged in so many ways get frightened by the expenses, paano pa yung wala talaga? I remember my poor mother getting into mountains of debt just to send us four kids to school. I think of my own three kids and that I need to work soooo hard for at least 20 more years just to give them a good education. Honestly, it crushes me, those years stretching out before me. Nakakapanghina.

But I trust in a God who is King and He will provide for me and my children. There is a verse in the Bible that says, "I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. [Psalm 37:25]," and it comforts me. My God will not forsake me. My children will never beg. I claim this promise! 

And because God provides for me, I will share His blessings! And because I am acutely aware of how my own education has saved me from poverty and the fact that I work so hard to send my kids to school, I know that what our country needs to prosper is the good education of all our children. So let's help send other kids to school, mamas!

That's why I now support World Vision. Kapag may extra ako, I donate money to buy a Learner's Kit, a cheery orange backpack filled with school supplies! At P600 a kit, yan pa lang ang kaya ko. One day, I hope to be able to sponsor three scholars the same ages as my kids. 

I also talked with World Vision and said one way I can support them is to be an advocate and share with my readers their work. So, mamas, once in a while, I'll tell you about World Vision, okay? 

Today, I have great news: World Vision commits to support early recovery efforts for Marawi as thousands of its displaced families start returning to the city. The city was attacked by armed groups last May, displacing about 400,000 people and affecting more than 80,000 school-aged children. It disrupted the livelihood of more than 69,000 farmers and around 118,000 workforce. Now that Marawi is liberated, our work—yes, it's our turn!—our work begins. 

Mommy Raisa is one of the many displaced women who now face the daunting task of rebuilding their lives from the rubble. The 39-year-old mom of three is also 5-months pregnant. "Some people were afraid of us after the Marawi crisis started so more than the relief items, it matters that people come here, talk to us and listen to us," shares Raisa.

She has been attending World Vision's women and young child space (WaYCS) in the outskirts of Piagapo in Lanao del Sur. "The 10-day WaYCS has also been a good venue for me to mingle with other mothers and get support as I take care of my children, especially the baby inside me," she explains. Her child Hanzela, also joined the child-friendly space and was given a Learner's Kit.

World Vision says, "To date, the organization, through its local partners Ecoweb, Mindanao Tri-partite Youth Core (MTYC), Rawaten, Lanao Youth Council and Tapukan Farmers' Movement for Progress and Concord, Inc. has reached at least 40,000 people through its multi-sectoral interventions. 

"About 20,000 children were served through setting up of 14 child-friendly spaces and provision of learner's kits while 4,000 families or approximately 20,000 people were given hygiene kits that included toothbrushes, toothpaste, underwear for both children and adults, sanitary napkin, nail cutter, malong, bath and laundry soaps and other non-food items like mosquito net, fleece blanket and plastic mat. World Vision, through the departments of education and social welfare, has provided 12 temporary learning spaces and 1,000 5-gallon water."

Rommel Fuerte, World Vision's National Director in the Philippines, promises, "We will continue to stand with the people of Marawi, especially with the children who are at the heart of our response."

To help World Vision, visit their website. God bless you, mamas!


  1. Napakabait po talaga ng world vision. Kasi po isa po ako sa natulungan Po talaga ng world vision. Simula elementary ko hanggang makatapos Po ako ng college ay sponsored child Po ako. Kaya malaki Po Ang pasasalamt Po sa lahat na bumuo ng world vision Kasi Kung hindi dahil say kanila Hindi ako makatapos sa pag aaral ko.kasi Po lahat Po talaga provided nila, from uniforms, school supplies and even tuition in college sagot Po talaga nila. Thanks God at may world vision na napakabuti Ang hangarin para sa mga nahihirap kagaya ko. Thanks for this madam.

  2. World Vision is really one of the NGO who have helped a lot of families in needs. Dati advocate Po nila ko back when I was a kid. Nakakatuwa na in your own simple way nakakatulong ka to open their mind and let them be aware of some important social issues.

  3. For someone who came from below the middle class in the society, nakakabaliw isipin kung mapagtatapos ko yun anak ko sa disenteng school. Sa ngayon pre-schooler sya at nasa maayos na school. Sana dinggin din yun prayer ko na mapagtapos siya.
    It must have been so hard for the people of Marami to see the damage that the war has left. At napakahirap din ng pinagdaanan nila. Salamat nalang tapos na ang kaguluhan. Mabuti nalang din na may mga NGO at concerned citizens na tumutulong sa kanila. Mabuti nalang may mga tao na may ganitong advocacy.

  4. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing. Grabe talaga ang nangyari sa Marawi, but I am
    Thankful na marami ang tumutulong para makabangon ito ulit. This is the least we can do, share awareness, share what we have and pray that God will do the rest. I will check that website out.

  5. I am happy to know that there are non-profit organizations who really help families who are victims of calamaties and the like. Our family makes sure we participate in my daughter's school projects like Gawad Kalinga, newspaper drive and Christmas drive. We are blessed and we happiky share whatever we can through goods and funds donated in their charities and institutions. We are always willing to share for a good cause... especially bow that it is Christmas.

  6. wow! truly ang generous nyopo :) kaya umaapaw din po ang blessings sa inyo dahil sobrang helpful nyo. kahit ako din po if oneday magkaroon lang po ako ng sapat na money to help them, I love to give them books and other needs for their school po.

  7. I salute you Miss Frances for doing this act of kindness. Super nakakainspire. Iba talaga magmahal ang mothers. ❤️ I also salute World Vision for supporting Marawi victims. Kudos! 😊


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