One Saturday afternoon, me and my other co-Rotaractors went to Paradise Day Care in San Pedro. We conducted the “Step-Up” Project in which we donated slippers to the children who live in the former dumpsite.
With the slippers and food, we rode in two tricycles going there. It cost us almost a hundred pesos. So it’s kinda far from the civilization. :D And look at the road that we crossed…
So as we got off at the gate, we have to walk a little longer and face the challenges that the mud has spared on us. It has rained for several days, and going there is not that easy. A 15-minute walk is on the way.
It’s like a different challenge, and we’re taking it level by level. And when we got there, I looked at my new rubber shoes. It’s now embellished with mud! :D I didn’t care much about it anyway. I can just wash my shoes.
One of the things that community service has made me realize is how lucky I am. This time, making me realize that I have my own shoes and slippers at home, and these kids don’t have any.
The Paradise Day Care is a day care center located in an isolated small village in Barangay San Vicente, San Pedro, Laguna. (You saw how isolated it was.)
So we started giving the slippers and let them chose which fits them and what they like.
And now, they have new sets of slippers. I know their slippers wouldn’t last as much as we expect. But I know that this will be a big help for feet protection as they walk in the village.
On our way back, we had fun in crossing the mud as most of us are “madaldal” by nature.
It has been a long journey going there and back, but I would describe it as a worthwhile experience. The deeds may be simple but we know that we left the children with smile on their faces, and that goes the same for us. I thank God for the wonderful day. :)
(The STEP-UP project is a project of the Rotaract Club of San Pedro East and RC San Pedro East.)