Filipinos sow seeds of hope, opportunity on foreign soil
Their reasons for leaving tend to surprise Philippine immigration officers.
In a country where practically every other household has a relative trying to earn bigger bucks abroad, they chose to go overseas not to seek greener pastures—but instead sow seeds of hope and opportunity where nothing much ever grows. But then, compassion thrives on stony ground.
Denis Vanguardia, for example, helped a poor community in Indonesia start livelihood programs. Liza Lopez worked with refugees at the border between Thailand and Burma (Myanmar), while Lea Acallar attended to HIV/AIDS patients in Nepal.
They are the overseas Filipino volunteers—“OFVs,” if you will—a largely unheralded but growing tribe of mission workers and global adventurers who devote a part of their lives helping other nations, and in the process develop a deeper appreciation of their own. Visit site
Philippines government announces volunteering for MDGs campaign
As the Philippines Government beefs up its efforts towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, President Benigno S. Aquino III promoted 2011 as the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers in the Philippines. Visit site
Gawad Kalinga, which literally means “give care”, is a non-profit organization that builds houses for poor communities and helps rehabilitate the lives of people in need. The organization is dedicated to eradicating poverty and rehabilitating the lives of people from slum areas in the Philippines and other developing countries. Visit site