Wanted: Ninongs and Ninangs for the Children of Mapedya School

It’s only October but my son’s Christmas list looks like this:

a kid's christmas wish list

My son’s Christmas wish list

But somewhere in remote barangay in Nueva Ecijia, a six-year old boy has only one wish on his list, and it’s not even a toy.children of mapedya  wishlist

A 6-year old boy’s Christmas wish

Kevin is one of the 80 children of Mapedya Elementary School in Papaya, Nueva Ecijia. Most of them wish for the same thing ~ umbrella, rubber boots, shoes, and slippers – because they make the long walk to school everyday. On some days, they don’t even go because they don’t  have baon, which is usually just rice.

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Mapedya Elementary School

Their wishes are simple and heartbreaking. With all the talk of the pork barrel being used for social work and the government’s Pantawid program for poor families, I am uncertain if help gets to these kids and their families. To reach the community, it’s a one-hour ride on rough road and a 5-hour trek up the mountain.

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The children of Mapedya and their teacher

If not for a group of mountaineers, I would not have even heard of them. Which is why Absolutely Mommy is tying up with TREK (Trails to Empower Kids) to help these kids get their Christmas wishes. TREK is looking for ninongs and ninang to fulfill the wishes.

The children need school supplies, food, and medicines.

the children of mapedya

The way to Mapedya

While my son is too young to be a ninong, I picked out one kid for him to help. I think it’s a good way to teach him about generosity.  It’s hard to teach kids about philantrophy when they’re very young. It’s not that simple to organize a relief drive for a charity when you’re a working mom.

I am hoping this project will go beyond teaching him the concepts but will actually make him aware and be grateful of what he has and what he can share ~ when he sees his own Christmas list and compares it with that of another less fortunate child’s.

If you want to also teach your children about giving or simply want to help the children of Mapedya, you can click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/TrailsToEmpowerKids

Donations will also be accepted by Absolutely Mommy. Just send an email to absolutelymommy@gmail.com. Your gifts will be accepted until the last week of November. TREK will deliver the gifts to the children on December 7, 2013.

Happy giving!