When I started to get involved with the foundation, not even sure if foundation is the right term to use, the school for the blind gave me the awareness that someone has to “dare to care” and help spread that awareness and encourage people to support the needs of the Philippine National School for the Blind and other communities that need care and support.
By the time I was already fully involved with helping the school only did I realize that we don’t just attend to the problem today but also in the years to come because these kids are also the adults of tomorrow.
Seeing the School’s situation I started the foundation for these amazing and special students and our eyes were opened that even the smallest way of helping gives joy to the kids and relief for their families. This is a long term commitment, not only do we have to support them at school and work but we also need the foundation to be there for the students even when their parents are no longer around.
It is my dream to build a livelihood village as a show case where the blind students and other kids with impairments can have a safe haven and live their lives to the fullest yet exposed to the world under their terms. The families of the kids can have a piece of mind knowing that their children will be looked after in a society where they can function to the best of their God given abilities. What we must not do is belittle and isolate any kids, what we can do is to provide those working villages based upon the new towns that Prince Charles has proven to be successful where rich and poor will have the same life.
I can’t imagine being blind, I always hear the fears of the parents as well as the students, like what happens if their loved once are no longer there for them. So through the foundation we will provide them a safe life and teach them to work with their talents and capabilities. Some has the capability to work in a call center as translators, and we will also be working with blind schools and the government for establishing buildings where they can work and learn business like spa and launderette, making soap or ice cream.
They will experience real jobs and receive real wage. We must dare to care and we must dare to push the essence of helping from today till forever! Where I saw darkness I now see light, when I feel down now I eventually feel happy and it’s because these kids and teachers and their parents have helped me see my passion and made me realize that God has given us the ability to help and there are many ways to help and there are many communities that needs our passion to help. I am sure that all of this will be part of a great cause,
All I ask is we DARE TO CARE.