AmBAG Ng KILOS sa Unang Hakbang Project

Today, June 13, 2016, marks the beginning of the classes in the country, making most of the students excited if not anxious. And making most of the parents a little bit busier than summer days. Before this very day, students together with their parents were either frequenting bookshops to buy school supplies or talking to those who can give hand-me-downs stuff. Fortunately for some, they had the opportunity to be part of “AmBag ng Kilos Sa Unang Hakbang Project”.

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This is a startup project of the APPEND MED together with the KILOS Association (the alumni organization of graduates of KILOS or scholarship program of APPEND) and in partnership with different Micro-Entreprise Development Organizations across the Philippines.

This aims to distribute school supplies to the qualified pre-elementary children of some member partners to at least lessen the burden of school expenses. The supplies include school bags, notebooks, pencils, and other basic materials. Katuwang Resource Center Inc. also added toys and slippers for the kids to enjoy and utilize.

The official turnover of the school supplies was last June 7, 2016, Tuesday at 10 am in the Villamonte Covered Court, Bacolod City.

Before 10 am, some parents were eagerly waiting for others to arrive while the kids were busy running around and playing–some even took a peek inside the bags, and others, tried the slippers they like.

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When everyone’s set, the program was opened in a prayer. After the short prayer, Ms. Ronalyn Sotana, operations manager of KRCI and Mr. Arnie Decipolo, one of the branch managers, explained to the parents what is this project about and who are the people behind this.

 

After that, Katuwang’s Vice Chairperson, Mr. Narciso San Miguel shared his inspiring testimony on how he was able to finish his studies despite the meager income of his parents. According to him, his mom, aside from doing laundry, would cook native food every morning so that they can have extra income. It is him who would later sell it. Later on, with her hard work and entrepreneurial efforts, his mom was able to raise 2 nurses and an engineer. He then emphasized how education can uplift one’s quality of living and help people get out of poverty.

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Turn-over of the school supplies was then led by our Executive Director, Mr. Lawrence N. Ledesma. He was greeted by 20 pairs of shy kids and smiling moms.Afterwards, he proceeded with speaking blessings to them through a prayer.
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One of the parents then shared a message of gratitude to those who made this possible. She even shared how it is especially financially difficult for her to support her kids because of her health problem. Her advice for other parents is to continue praying to God and continue hoping for His help and healing.
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The activity was then capped off with two cute kids, Allyza and Jade, awkwardly yet cutely saying just the three-syllable word “Salamat”. This is more than enough, knowing that soon, new words will be added to their set of vocabularies.

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