One of my biggest passions is volunteering. There are too many out there in the world deprived of love and compassion, among many other basic things. Sick and needy kids have an extra tug on my heart, mainly because of their innocence, and also because they are still completely dependent on grown-ups in order to learn and survive. Children are the hope of the future, yet many of them are left hungry, homeless, and uncared for.
I believe there is an innate goodness in each of us, that people have a heart to help and are just looking for avenues to do so. I believe as well that anyone can attest to the wonderful feeling of fulfillment in being able to bless others, especially to those who need those blessings the most. If this is the case for you dear reader, here are some of the charity organizations that I belong to, volunteer at, and/or support, that you may want to help out too. I assure you that the individuals who run these organizations truly act to save and help children’s lives, and do so out of the goodness of their heart.
Child Health in Life and Development Foundation Inc. (CHILD)
Based in the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), CHILD Foundation caters to the patients of the Department of Pediatrics. As the PGH is the nation’s tertiary end-referral center and is a public hospital, kids who belong to CHILD Foundation come from the lowest socio-economic income brackets, while the amount of the life-saving surgeries they must undergo range from Php 50,000 to half a million pesos. Read my post about the foundation here.
Get more information through their official website here.
Uplift Movement was founded in January of 2006 with the purpose of uplifting the country, strengthening the nation’s global competitiveness by raising the Filipino’s sense of nationhood, work ethics and spirituality. Among its major focus is education, and the organization aims to provide relief and support to the children in Angono, Rizal–home to some of the country’s poorest of the poor. To date, the organization cares for 400 kids and their families, and are in need of individuals willing to sponsor one child’s annual schooling for only Php500 a month. Various other seasonal programs are in place such as back-to-school supplies drives, medical missions, educational tours, and Saturday English classes.
Visit their Facebook page and learn more about them here.
U! Happy Events
U! Happy Events provides a platform for its sponsors, partners and volunteers to be partnered with children in the Philippines through different, creative, and impact filled events. The team does an average of 52 events a year and has a network of over 50 kids organizations. Want your weekends to be grace-filled and exciting? Check out the U! Happy page and there most likely will be a U! Happy Event that Saturday or Sunday. Additionally, the team organizes events for individuals who want to do their own outreach activity. I have been blessed to be able to hold 2 of my birthdays as an outreach event with U! Happy, both of which are among the most amazing memories in my life thus far. 🙂 You can view the write ups here and here.
Force for Good Foundation (FFG)
The Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation was chartered in 1996 and is present in all Nu Skin markets. The foundation’s core mission is to improve the lives of children by offering hope for a life free from disease, illiteracy and poverty. Funded by distributor and employee donations and sales from selected Nu Skin products, each market has selected beneficiaries where the funds are donated. In the Philippines, FFG Foundation’s local charity partner is CHILD Foundation. Various programs are in place, and quarterly events are held, to raise funding for CHILD’s surgeries and medical equipment.
Nourish the Children (NTC)
Nourish the Children is a Nu Skin initiative wherein the company produces VitaMeal, a highly nutritious food especially formulated for undernourished children, and sells it to consumers and distributors. Purchases can either be for donation, wherein the purchase will be left to the company to distribute through various beneficiaries, or for consumption, wherein the customer takes it home for personal use or for their own feeding activities. To date, over 300 million meals have been donated to the world’s hungriest communities including Malawi, China, Russia, and the Philippines.
Learn more about Nourish the Children and VitaMeal here.
If you have any questions that you want answered before diving into the wonderful world of volunteerism, or need more information on FFG and NTC, please feel free to get in touch with me through commenting here, or email me. For questions about CHILD, UPLIFT, and U! Happy, kindly direct your queries to the contact numbers in their respective websites. 🙂
Matthew 5: 14-16 (NIV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.