Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Rough road can never stop us to become “men for others”


The Desktop Computer
Even if the road is so rough, it will not stop us to become “men for others”.  

Xavier  University High School Batch 1984, Adopt a School Project.

The project was initially brought out by Mr. Cesar Sabud, a batch mate during the 2011 Alumni Homecoming. 

Mr. Sabud told us the story about the present condition of the Kimanait National High School where he is presently teaching. He told us about the primary concern of the said School, which is the lack of books in the library.  In short, the story of Mr. Sabud drew much attention among the batch mates, which in turn, the rest of us had expressed full support in extending a helping hand to the students of Kimanait National High School.  
The representative of Batch 84  at Kimanait National High School.
Left to Right : Camilo Uy, Patrick Dy, Cesar Sabud, Wilfredo Salmo,
OIC/Principal Mrs. Myrna Sabado Lactaotao,
Dr. Roger Viajar, Bonzenti Panganiban and Almario Bala
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Father Sonny Barana, our former teacher, was there with us during the Alumni Homecoming.  He was touched by the present situation of the library in the said school, wherein he trooped with the Batch 84 group to visit and donated tools needed for the school last December 16, 2011, before he returned to the United States.    

Fr. Sonny is still willing to support the project. In fact, he encouraged us to continue the project and monitoring it closely, as of this writing.
 
The Project :

The "Adopt a School" Project, was conceptualized by Mr. Wilfredo Salmo and Dr. Roger Viajar. It has drawn an overwhelming support from the rest of the batch mates here in the Philippines, as well as those who now lived in the United States and other parts of the Globe.

Mindanao Library Materials Project :

The Mindanao Library Materials Project was conceptualized by both Camilo Uy and Fr. Sonny Barana, when they visited the PLMP Foundation Office and learned that the said foundation is serving Colleges and Universities only.

Maschada Meals :

It was a mutual understanding among all of us, that our common meeting place would be the Maschada Meals.

Maschada Meals is a corporation among some of the batch mates and started its business operation sometime in early 2000. It is located near the Limketkai Complex and this is the usual common meeting place mostly of the batch mates, where various meetings were held, may it either be business, batch’s sponsored projects, sports and recreation, operation “Tabang” for Typhon "Sendong" victims and other business that make the batch interact with each other.

Also, the place where some of the batch mates, did the packaging of all the donations intended for "Adopt a School" Project.

Day of the Delivery of Donations :
Students busy reading the donated books

Last June 16, 2012, that was Saturday, the group’s representative composed of Almario Bala, Patrick Dy, Camilo Uy, the author, led by Dr. Roger Viajar and Mr. Wilfredo Salmo who volunteered to drive his own L300 Mitsubishi Van to haul the boxes of donations, such as backpacks, school supplies, books and a 1-unit Desktop Computer, from Cagayan de Oro to Kimanait, Pangantucan, Bukidnon.

They woke-up at 2:00 a.m. and started the journey at 4:00 a.m. They took their breakfast together with the author at Malaybalay City, Bukidnon at almost 7 a.m. and started to roll again at 8:00 a.m.

We braved the road of Bukidnon, fetched up Cesar Sabud and the School Principal’s representative or the Officer-in-Charge at Don Carlos, until we finally reached the school at around 11:30 a.m.

We unloaded all the boxes of donations and other school stuffs at their library and we were greeted with sincere smiles of some students who were overjoyed with the stuffs that we'd brought for them.  

Dr. Roger Viajar, with joy in his heart
while carrying a box of books
Photo Courtesy : Camilo Uy
Our tiredness due to long travel and  lack of sleep were gone upon seeing their sincere, angelic and innocent smiles. We were also elated seeing them eager and happy in reading the books and hearing their laughter of joy.  

In this sense, even if the road is so rough, the place is so far and to endure 8 hours of long travel, whatever profession that we have, no one will stop us to extend our lending hand and know the true meaning on how to become “men for others”.
The Simple Turn-over ceremony


38 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. Those are terrific initiatives with the kind of dedication behind. Education system could really proper through all these. Thanks for the great share.

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  2. Sometimes we need (private sector) would do the initiatives to help out those who are in need with our help. Who else would do that if nobody cares? Thanks Chinmay.

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  3. This is great that your batch has gone out of your way to help a school and the typhoon victims. Yes, this country needs more men like you and your batch mates. Great job! :)

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  4. This project will really go a long, long way. There should be more projects like this one, and more dedicated people as well.

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  5. Wow! that is a good project and the book will surely help the students..what can I say but Kudos and job well done..

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  6. It's really nice to see a group of small people who can make a difference. Doesn't need media to promote unlike the politicians, hehehe! God Bless you and your group for reaching out.

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  7. I know this books are just simple things given to that school but this will really help students to get a long way in their school. Good to see group like yours to adopt a school.

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  8. Nice project. Given more time, I would also love to help people. I want to start a cooperative that can help stay at homes generate income while at home. I hope my crafts business will flourish so I can help others too.

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  9. im happy bayanihan is still alive.. ill do my part even in small simple things too. keep it up guys! hats off!

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  10. that was an impressive undertaking!
    those books will really help a lot of kids
    cheers...

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  11. Great job! I salute you, guys! Thanks for making us aware of this initiative. I'll be looking for a similar project to support in our area.

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  12. I commend individuals like you who seem to go out of their comfort zone to help others. Keep up the good work!

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  13. Great to see people still helping each other out. Kudos to Xavier University High School Batch 1984 for their amazing Adopt a School Project.

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  14. wow! This is really admirable. keep it up and hope to see more of these good projects in the future! :)

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  15. Me and my mom also started doing charity work just last Christmas and plan to do so for the many more years to come!

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  16. This is a great project. I think we can help too. We have books that we no longer used. The problem is, they are old, published around 1990s to 2000s

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  17. That's a great project! hope you can still help other less fortunate schools too. :)

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  18. That's really a great work,thanks to those who are helping their alma matter, not the DepEd of course.

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  19. I congratulate you for a wonderful program. You have helped many students take a step towards reaching their dreams.

    I just thought, if governments can't do this to our fellowmen specially in far flunked areas, better start it with ourselves. I'm so inspired. Thank you.

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  20. Job well done :D I do salute people like you.

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  21. Great project! Bow. *Slow clap*

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  22. Kudos to you guys! I am a Librarian so I always admire people who have initiatives to build libraries. :)

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  23. Wishing all or even most people can be engaged to this kind of activity :)

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  24. Good job! This is such a worthwhile project and it will go a long way. More power to your batch!

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  25. that's a great cause. i can feel your happiness sharing to others the benefits you received in your life.

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  26. This is such a great project. I salute you guys! :)

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  27. That's an amazing feat for your batch! Congratulations!

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  28. this will help a lot of people.. more power!

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  29. Kudos to you and your team. You and your team have an admirable dedication.

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  30. Your hard work will be paid-off. The dedication will go along with those helping hands you have.

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  31. I am one of the kids who benefited from generous people such as yourself and your group. Although we're not poor, books was not a priority in my family. Basically there's just better things to spend money on.

    I was lucky our HS was right beside the public library. People would drop off their old books. And that's how I learned plenty of interesting things that was not usually taught in school.

    Now I can afford my own books! But I haven't forgotten that small library. I will go back someday and pass my old books to them. I hope it will change someone's life as well.

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  32. I've lived and studied in CDO for over 4 years, that's why I'm always full of enthusiasm whenever I read something good about CDO. I've always believed that the Kagay-anons have the kindest of hearts. And this only has proven it true.

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  33. kudos to all the organizers of this project. we need more people like you!

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  34. This "Adopt a School Project" is a good advocacy. Long live the supporters!

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  35. I admire your group's efforts to help our schools. They sure need it!

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  36. such a great project! hats off to all of you :)

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  37. i wanna do this too!!! I am inspired by Ladyspring's comment... i guess i just have to convince my dad to let go of our old encyclopedia and donate it to a public school... it may be outdated but still its a book, it can still help someone... :-)

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  38. Way to go! We used to do this back in high school, only, we just share the book, we allow them to read, since we can't afford to donate them pa..

    But kudos to you and your batchmates.. :)

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