Instead of holding a traditional Christmas party, volunteers and staff of the VIDES Philippines once again chose to spend their holiday get-together with the Aeta community of Sitio Monicayo, Mabalacat, Pampanga.
VIDES Pinoy volunteers joined the community prayer and reading of gospel, held a fun program where they led the kids in dancing and singing, facilitated games for the young ones, rendered free haircut services, conducted lecturettes on children's rights, engaged women to promote effective parenting through positive discipline, monitored the status of the beneficiaries of the organization's livelihood program, provided medical consultations and medicines, and distributed grocery packs and gifts to the program participants.
VIDES has established a strong partnership with the local community with the support and help of the FMA. Through the implementation of livelihood, literacy, human rights advocacy, and catechism programs, the organization aims to empower the marginalized sector of the society.
After the outreach activity, the 83 volunteers trooped to Mary Help of Christians School to break bread and continue the bonding activity. First time volunteers happily shared their wonderful experience to the group.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Sr. Irene Mangabat, FMA and the community for supporting our annual Christmas activity and for once again preparing sumptuous food for the volunteers.
We also thank all the donors and volunteers, especially our doctors, who selflessly shared their blessings and their valuable time. You certainly put a smile on everyone's faces in this season of joy and hope.