See you tomorrow in school Maria.

Do you remember the time when you were small, attending school, bringing a couple of books, a lunch box and sitting on a desk that you probably have owned for a year or so?

What was in your lunch box? I had a sandwich with Cheez Whiz spread on, a pack of Cream-O and a chocolate drink from Moo.  Sometimes when I get lucky, I get knick knacks (small chocolate biscuits). Those were my favorite! It made me feel excited to go to school. 


I can clearly remember when my uncle used to make morning breakfast for me and bring me to school and read my assignments with him after school. Back then, the teachers used to write a lot on the blackboard for the students to copy and practice their writing skills. It was a different time, different system and different culture. Now we have e-books, tablets, I-pad and iBog®.

From school, we learn to read and write. School is also considered our second home. It is where you learn things that are not discussed at home. Therefore, education is valued of very high importance wherever we may be. It is not only academics, but also values. These helps us to do good in practical application, in finding a good job or simply by being a good parent. Sky is the limit as what my father says.


Reminiscing highschool

Oh yes, I could remember my teachers back in highschool, they used to tell a story of their experiences and at the end of the year, we all know his/her life story. :D I could still remember some of my teachers. :p

In simple terms, Home is the foundation of a good upbringing. School is where you broaden your knowledge and learn to open your eyes to different angles of discussion.

Learning is an unending process. Let your knowledge be shared with others. Let your skills be learned by others, so in that way, we can help each other grow.


HOPE Project 

"HOPE Project is a non-profit volunteer organization founded by a group of friends in Denmark, who wanted to help out after the hurricane "Haiyan" struck the Philippines in November 2013. Our local relief efforts in February 2014 showed how big a difference we did in the city of Santa Fe. Being from a country where education is free and mandatory we know how important education is and that is why we want to help the children of Santa Fe to a better future". -HOPE Project


How did I find HOPE Project?

In the past few months, I have been searching for a new non-profit organizarion where I could contribute my skills related to my education. I found HOPE Project through facebook.

After reading a brief summary about the organization, I found out that HOPE Project is focused on helping the community in Sante Fe, Leyte in Tacloban City, Philippines. It is one of the towns affected seriously by the strongest tropical typhoon history in the world named "Haiyan" on the 8th of November 2013.

Almost 6,329 fatalities and 1,074 who are missing. Damage is equalled to $4.55 billion (2013 USD) -Wikipedia


It sparked my interest to write to one of the founder, Nils Gisli. He answered my inquiry in no time. During that time, they were on the way to constructing their website and finally, we can now all follow their projects' progress, future projects, campaigns and other support activities. (see link below)

In our lives, we have been through different circumstances where we have received help, have helped others or simply starting to help others and it is never too late to be of help.

Volunteering gives us a sense of accompishment; knowing that we can give despite the scarce resources we have and limited capabilities.

Volunteering has many forms. Monetary, physical help/support in action, writing and just by spreading the word, like what HOPE Project says.


Personal reflections

I went to a public school in the Philippines called Angeles Elementary School where I finished my six years of basic school. In high school and college, I went to Holy Angel University, being my Alma Mater. My family have worked hard to provide me a good education, especially my extended family. I will do the same for my children and give them a good education. I will give them guidance so that their path will not go astray. 

Psalms 119:66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.


Questions to ponder.

How many children in the world, do you think experiences a great time being in the school - having food in their lunch box, learning how to socialize and are encouraged to learn? How high are the chances that these children can go to a school and learn more than ABC and 123? How do they learn to plant trees and grow them?

In some countries, education is not always free, especially a good education. 

What is then a good education for you? It does not always necessarily mean, coming from a prestige university, but a school or education system that matches the teaching standards of most countries. I am very happy to hear that the education/curriculum in the Philippines is accredited in Denmark, in most European countries and in many parts of the world.

How can a high quality of education be achieved? How can we contribute to the development of each shool? 

What is inside your lunchbox that you could share with others?

You are welcome to write a comment below and share your thougths that may be helpful.

Please visit the HOPE Project homepage and learn about their completed projects. Get in touch with them to discover how they make these children smile and have hope amidst life's adversities. 



HOPE Project

Contact: +45 51 22 97 86




Helpful links:

HOPE Project

Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Denmark

Department of Education Philippines


You may also like to read Paperless Reading and learn how your old e-books can be used to help others who do not have access to internet in some depressed areas.

Two is better than one



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