So the Presidential Tour to
The highlight of Mary’s trip was her immersion at GK Brookside. We made her stay for three days and two nights – and tried to expose her to as many programs as we could. As expected, we helped in building/painting/sifting sand. Hooray for manual labor. Truly though, I feel like I’m getting physically stronger. I think the monthly builds at Castaneda are paying off. We spent an afternoon at the Sibol
The hospitality and generosity that the families in
The passion that the volunteers have for their work, for these people, for the movement, for their country is so contagious. One cannot help but feel empowered, hopeful and fulfilled when working with them – YAY for Greg, Zeus, Charisse and Chee. These young people, have devoted much of their time to working with Gawad Kalinga, They are all talented, brilliant people who have chosen to use their gifts for a very selfless cause.
Normally, one would feel such shame in showing others the biggest and deepest problem that their country is facing. There is no pride in showing a guest how poor we are, or how underdeveloped our infrastructure is or how inefficient our bureaucracy is. The resilience of the Filipino has never been as obvious as it is now though. The beauty of our culture and the values we hold as a people are enough to overcome our problems – if we work together.
It got me thinking. Maybe poverty is our felix culpa. Maybe it is the tragedy in our shared consciousness as a people that is making us stronger and better. Or at least on our way to getting there.