The student volunteer already called the kids to play ‘buksan ang basket’ (open the basket), but John Luis, 6 years old, remained seated with his sister, Lujille, and his brother Kevin, both 5 years old. When Kevin decided to join the playing group, Lujille followed, and John Luis was the last one to join.
Belonging in one kinder class in Bagong Buhay Elementary School in Sapang Palay, Bulacan, John Luis finds his advantage of being able to look over his siblings, especially when he thinks that they are being bullied by their other classmates. He affirmed this when he shared, “Gusto kong maging pulis paglaki ko para maipagtanggol ko ang mga nang-aaway sa mga kapatid ko” (I want to be a policeman when I grow up so I could spare my siblings from those who fight them). His siblings find John Luis’ love for them even at the smallest things, like in playing with the toys at their classroom’s corner. Lujille testified to his Kuya John Luis’ brotherly love, “Kapag naglalaro kami, binibigyan niya po kami ng laruan” (When we play, he gives us toys).
After playing ‘open the basket’, Ate Nikki, 4th year College Student Facilitator, asked the kids to settle down so she could begin giving them their snack. Nikki, not a beginner in volunteering, went beyond the concept of outreach activity being a school requirement and commits herself in leading immersion activities. She finds happiness in leading students to immerse themselves in a community unfamiliar to them. Nikki shares what keeps her motivated in happily doing what she does, “I want to be a big sister to the freshmen students who will guide them in what they will do”. Her presence to the students, and most especially to the community she becomes involved with, is indeed comforting to see that they have a sister, who may not have the same blood as theirs, but whom can they turn to.
Philippine Toy Library
From a Facebook status, a national advocacy was born. The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is made up of volunteer-friends who hope to provide the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially those who live in cramped and congested areas. Idle spaces in barangays, schools or parishes are turned into fun and educational PTL areas to keep kids off the streets. Currently, PTL has 49 sites and more are being put up, to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.
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Drop off points are in Quezon City (Kids Ahoy Center for Blended Learning; the PTL office and the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines office); Alabang; Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore branches); Baguio; Bacolod; Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and the YSP office).