My name is Albert and I was motivated to start this Meetup a few weeks ago with the help of my friend Jo-Anne who reaches out to non-profits as her full-time job.
In July, my cousins helped document for the first time a free children's mobile clinic that utilizes resources from the United States (donations and volunteers) to help poor and malnourished children in the Philippine province of Bohol.
After the trip, Jo Anne emailed me and asked me to put together a monthly-meetup. I jumped on the idea knowing that there were people in the Bay Area both Filipino and non-Filipino, who not only want to help the Philippine nation, but who also want to learn more about this wonderful country.
Ironically, this trip helped me just as much as it helped those children, and I believe others may feel the same.
Whether you can help by sharing about what you love about the Philippines, by giving a donation, or by visiting the country on a volunteer mission to an island of your choosing, this Meetup would be a great start for you to do so!
The photos above we're taken during free children's clinics held in the Philippine province of Bohol in July of 2009.
There is something about helping people whom you do not know that gives you a sense of purpose. Receiving that 3 digit dollar amount paycheck on the 15th of the month is also a good feeling, but it is very temporary.
It goes into a savings account that is later used or is used immediately to pay off bills.
But the feeling one gets from giving a 1 digit donation is quite different.
Why is it that when giving very little, do we feel we gain so much while when we receive paychecks that are of a greater amount are we satisfied temporarily? Why is it do we complain about small tasks in our office buildings and yet give great effort to causes in which we receive nothing in return?
And if this is the case, why doesn't our society give more?
The answer to this is in participating in groups like this. This is not only another option for you to participate in solving this nation's problems, let alone the world's, but also an opportunity to show yourself what is most important in your life.
And who said giving couldn't be fun! Join us once a month as we explore the endless opportunities to make a difference in the Philippines, and to help others regardless of race, ethnicity, and culture make a change in their communities!
Jo Anne D. Villarosa, AF-USA Senior Development Associate at Ayala in Makati, Manila, will be sending us information on non-profits who are working to make a change in the Philippine nation. For more information on these projects, visit http://www.af-usa.org...
ABOUT JO-ANNE'S JOB
Jo-Anne works for the Ayala Foundation USA. They bridge individuals and groups in the United States with non-profit community and development work in the Philippines.
As "Overseas Filipino Workers" send back millions of dollars in remittances to their respective families, more attention is being brought to groups in the Philippines who are developing social and economical solutions for themselves via health, the arts, education, and more.
There are also many organizations, groups, and individuals outside of the Philippines who are contributing to the ever-changing and growing nation.
Despite this, many of the 3.1 million Filipinos residing in the United States, in addition to those regardless of race and ethnicity who have some sort of connection to the nation, do not know about these opportunities of Philippine development.
Ayala Foundation USA was established in 2000 to help solve this problem by searching for organizations dedicated to making a change in the nation and giving them an opportunity to obtain donations, volunteers, ideas, and talent, from overseas individuals and groups in the United States. Here is one opportunity for you to make a difference in the Philippines from far away.
Joanne left the US last year to work with non-profits in search of social entrepreneurs making a difference in the Philippines. Today, Joanne prolongs her undying quest after deciding to reside there permanently by working full time as Senior Development Associate of Ayala Foundation USA. On the side she maintains a website fittingly entitled ItheCitizen.org, calling individuals to write about what they feel would help the country best.
"Whether you are in the Philippines or abroad, whether you are a Filipino or not, if you care about the Philippines, I invite you to inform yourself, inspire others, and be involved in realizing this dream we call “a better Philippines.” It is easy to love a country that provides you with everything, a country that doesn't push you to leave and live somewhere else. But good things don't always come easy. We are entitled to a great country, but this entitlement is borne out of responsible citizenship. A better Philippines starts with a better Citizen."
Get to know Jo Anne!
And I am Albert! I am in Daly City, California, looking for folks like you who may be interested in learning more about the abundant opportunities that help the country. I made a realization after my mom's stroke that a helping hand not only gives you aid, but it gives you hope. Hope is something money can't buy. Now that my mom has retired in the Philippines, my connection to my parent's home has grown ever stronger, so strong that i've dedicated myself to help a mobile clinic that provides free medicine, screenings, and surgeries for indigent children in my mom's home province of Bohol.
Get to know Albert!
If you need more information, leave me a message at (415) 990-7015 or email me at email@example.com!
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