Christmas season is just around the corner, most of us are probably getting ready by decorating our home, buying gifts and saving for our Noche Buena.
Filipinos are well known to be family oriented people. We prioritize and sacrifice for our family because it satisfies us to see them happy. But sometimes, we also need to turn our heads around to see people who can really use some help.
This coming Christmas, I encourage you guys to share the blessings that you’ve received this year. It doesn’t matter how much you’ll give, what really matter is the love you’ll put into giving.
This kind of activity will not just give you opportunity to share your blessings but it will also give you quality time with your family. Now, if you’re kinda convinced with what I’m saying, here are some list of Pinoy NGOs that you can visit this season of giving.
Kythe Foundation, Inc.
Kythe is a non-profit, non-stock organization that aims to improve the quality of life among hospitalized children with cancer and other chronic illness.
Kythe was derived from a Scottish word which means healing through simple sharing and togetherness. It was founded in 1992 by Ms. Maria Carmen S. Castro and Ms. Maria Fatima Garcia-Lorenzo, two Psychological graduate students from the Ateneo de Manila University.
They offer programs for their beneficiaries which includes, Adopt A Patient, Survivors Program Share A Fare, And Tithe For Kythe. Over the years, they have provided psychosocial support to over 11,000 children with cancer and other chronic illness.
If you, your friends, and family wants to get involved and share the Christmas spirit to these children, you may visit their page and volunteer here.
Facebook Page: Kythe Foundation, Inc.
Cartwheel Foundation, Inc.
If you want to help indigenous people in off-grid communities, Cartwheel Foundation is the right organization for you.
Cartwheel Foundation, Inc. (CFI) exists to empower Indigenous Peoples’ communities by harnessing self-sustaining capacities through culturally relevant education.
They have five partner communities in different part of the Philippines: Tagbanua tribe in Palawan, Bajau tribe in Quezon, Higaonon tribe in Agusan del Sur, Bajau tribe in Zamboanga, and Talaandig tribe in Bukidnon.
If you’re into adventures and willing to give your time and effort, you can sign up and be a volunteer in their activities here.
Bring your family and friends, and join Cartwheel Foundation as they nurture Filipino indigenous heritage through relevant education.
Facebook Page: Cartwheel Foundation, Inc.
Movement Against Plastic Pollution – Ilocos Norte
If you’re an eco-warrior, you might wanna check this movement. MAAP is a newly launched non-profit youth organization that aims to raise awareness and educate people regarding the real state of our ocean, plastic pollution, and zero waste lifestyle.
The good thing about this movement is that they encourage youth to join them in their project called, “MAPPan Tayo Agpidot Basura Coastal Clean Up”.
You don’t have to register in their event, you’ll just simply meet them at the specified location, date, and time. Just bring your refillable water bottle, garden gloves, sacks and you’re ready to go. Also don’t forget to bring your friends!
Facebook Page: Movement Against Plastic Polution – Ilocos Norte
Anawim Lay Missions Foundation, Inc.
Anawim is founded by Catholic lay preacher Bo Sanchez in Rizal Province. They opened their doors in 1996 to rejected and abandoned elderly who are roaming the streets.
They have activities such as Care and Rehabilitation, Home Life, Spiritual Life, and 1-on-1 Counseling that helps their elderly beneficiaries to avoid loneliness and to enjoy their stay in Anawim.
To be part of their mission, you can contact them in their Facebook page or website. A day with these elderly can somehow give them hope and happiness that they’ll surely cherish forever.
Facebook Page: Anawin Lay Missions Foundation, Inc.
Project Liwanag PH
Project Liwanag PH is a non-profit organization devoted to empowering and improving the quality of living of indigenous peoples in the Philippines through sustainable projects and transformational grassroots partnerships.
Their projects are Solar Electrification, Water System Rehabilitation, and Sustainable Livelihood. They process their project through three steps: community consultation, implementation, monitoring/evaluation.
Project Liwanag is currently serving the Aeta community in Capas, Tarlac. If you’re interested in joining their venture, feel free to register as their volunteer or message them in their Facebook page.
“Devote your time with a community that gives you purpose and meaning.”
Facebook Page: Project Liwanag PH
Tahanang Walang Hagdan, Inc.
TWHI is a non-stock, non-government organization, providing services to persons with disabilities (PWD) for 45 years.
They aim to give programs and services that will focus on the improvement of PWDs, they also provide training, educational assistance, mobility aid assistance, and livelihood.
As of now, they have four sheltered workshops: Metalcraft, Woodcraft, Sewing and Packaging Services department that provide livelihood to persons with disabilities.
It’s true, determination has no disability. I once visited Tahanang Walang Hagdan and I had a great experience talking with all the people there.
It’s actually kinda funny since they are more optimistic than I am. All of them are always smiling and very willing to share their opinions. They are very accommodating to visitors too, surely you won’t have a hard time bonding with them.
You can visit them at Cainta, Rizal. Just contact them on their website or Facebook page.
Facebook Page: Tahanang Walang Hagdan, Inc.
Have you decided which foundation to visit? If yes, you better gather all your relatives and friends, and plan an activity that will give your heart and soul a new purpose and a chance to change someone’s life this season of giving.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank