Saving lives, conserving the planet, sustaining the future
posted February 12, 2018 at 11:25 am
By Angelica Villanueva
IT’S quite amazing that there are still people who are willing to share the blessings that they receive everyday without asking for anything in return, unmindful of the hardships and struggles that the world is facing.
For Filipinos, volunteerism or joining in community services pro bono is nothing new. Known for the tradition of “bayanihan” especially in times of need, Filipinos are willing to lend a hand without expecting anything in return.
The “bayanihan” spirit is now being practiced in different parts of world. Most people have spent most of their lives and offer themselves in serving their fellowmen.
The Philippines is getting more active in participating in programs from different organizations that have different advocacies. Even celebrities and personalities also participate in such campaigns and volunteerisms.
As Filipinos, especially the younger ones, are getting more aware of different social issues, the more they engage themselves into volunteer work with non-governmental organizations and programs.
Philippine Red Cross
Established in 1947, the Philippine Red Cross has been providing life-saving services for almost 70 years especially during times of calamities, emergencies and crisis.
Through the years, Red Cross continues to receive humanitarian assistance from different donors.
Recently, the organization received P3.3 million from Turkish Red Crescent for the assistance to typhoon Vinta victims.
Red Cross also urges the youth from ages 7 to 25 years old to involve themselves in “humanitarian action and leadership ideas.” These young volunteers will be trained in various fields such as humanitarian values and leadership, first aid, disaster risk reduction and health promotions.
Sustaining the Future through Youth Development
Dr. Jose P. Rizal once said in his poem, “A La Juvetud Filipina” (To The Filipino Youth) that “youth is the hope of the fatherland.”
Today, many still believe to the youth’s potential and competence as the answers to today and future challenges.
The United Nations Children’s Fund has been defending every child’s right in the Philippines for over 60 years. The organization is part of the United Nations’ campaign to protect every Filipino child from different kinds of violations such as child abuse, child trafficking and child pornography.
UNICEF also aims to help children to enjoy their rights and “to provide the best quality of life” they deserve. The organization also offers programs that cover education, health and nutrition, disaster risk reduction and emergencies, HIV and AIDS prevention, child protection, communication, and local policy and institutional development.
Last November, the organization with the help of National Youth Commission, gathered youth delegates in a conference that “lead a culture of climate and disaster resilience.”
Donning its tagline, “Sponsor A Child,” World Vision’s main goal is to give every child a better life by sponsoring their education and providing their basic need
The organization believes that by providing the needs of a child will help the country to transform and progress. As a follower of Christ, World Vision strives to build a brighter future for every beneficiary by encouraging everyone to sponsor a child.
World Vision also seeks for known personalities to sponsor a child and also influence their fans to participate in their advocacy.
The latest ambassador of the organization is the rising star Inigo Pascual, who has also volunteered to sponsor a child.
The non-profit organization aims to produce funds from individuals, companies, and various organizations “to donate at least one hour of their annual salary or earnings once a year” that will help them to promote good education, health and nutrition, and child welfare and development for every Filipino child.
Children’s Hour also looks for volunteers, who are willing to share not only part of their salary but also their time and talent that will help children discover their potentials.
And through their One Hour Campaign, a number of children’s lives have changed. These children are also able to get the chance to experience the education and proper healthcare that they deserve and need.
Children’s Hour already has over 900,000 beneficiaries receiving support from generous and charitable donors giving Filipino children the opportunity to have better, safe, and brighter futures.
Saving Lives to Sustain the Future
On the other hand, some of these volunteers are not just focusing on promoting the betterment of people’s, live but also for the conservation of our lplanet.
World Wildlife Fund
WWF has been protecting the environment - plants and animals - for almost 50 years. Starting in 1997, WWF-Philippines strives to develop the lives of the Filipinos by creating and providing solutions to the environmental issues the region is facing.
Through their various environmental programs, the world’s leading conservation organization continues to ensure that even though the governments provide for human needs, the environment still needs to be conserved and protected.
Conserving nature is a big job that needs the participation of all individuals. The organization believes that if people participate on their programs, conserving the nature and reducing “the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth” will be possible “because together, everything is possible.”
As part of the newspaper’s 31st anniversary, the Manila Standard went to Brgy. Talisay, Caltagan, Batangas last Jan. 20, to participate in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ National Greening Program.
The Manila Standard’s Adopt A Tree, now on its 9th sowing and linked to the NGP, was able to plant 1,000 mangroves in Batangas. These mangroves are proven to protect communities hit by natural calamities.
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