VIDES: Kalakbay ng Kabataan sa Pagbangon
Volunteerism shines brightly!
After so long, VIDES Philippines held its come back annual Mission Camp last September 3, 2023 at the Mary Help of Christians College Gymnasium, Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna. The heavy rainfall did not dampen the spirit of approximately 38 generous volunteers. It was a day filled with joy as we hosted over 200 wonderful Oratorian-beneficiaries from the Oratory youth centers of three FMA Laguna communities: 110 from Sitio Buntog, Sitio B-Uno and Sitio Locomotive (Mary Help of Christians College), 50 from Brgy. Halang and San Cristobal (FMA Aspirantate), and 40 from Brgy. Silangan (FMA Novitiate). Twenty mothers were also invited as beneficiaries of free livelihood training and free dishwashing kit grants.
This incredibly packed and fun-filled day kicked-off with the Eucharistic Celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Jayson David, SDB. VIDES’ newly donated multi-cab for the use of Busina Mo, Dunong Ko was likewise officially blessed.
In the morning, kids learned about resiliency through an engaging group workshop, while the parents got crafty with dishwashing liquid soap-making. In the afternoon, everyone enjoyed a fair-themed extravaganza with photobooths, talent shows, art expression, and a quiz show booth – a picture of the Filipino traditional barrio fiesta, and indeed, a true celebration of togetherness!.
The event was further enriched by the presence of Provincial Superior, Sr. Teresita C. Padron, FMA, whose inspirational message made the occasion even more memorable and meaningful.
The VIDES Mission Camp was not just about helping others; it was first of all an experience of God’s Divine Providence that made things possible through generous individuals, families, and that of Charity for Love organization whose benevolence reached many homes. For the volunteers it was about reconnecting bonds which they missed during the pandemic, and reigniting the fire of volunteerism that seeks to sow good stewardship and solidarity with the poorest youth. To the beneficiaries, it was about enjoying the surprises and blessings of the Mission Camp. VIDES Philippines once again proved that nothing can stop our community from coming together and making a difference the lives of others.
Here's to many more successful volunteer activities ahead, rain or shine!