A Box Of Help

The world has gone crazy they say. And so far, I think we have three options to choose from. One, we can all start pointing fingers at each other and accomplish nothing; two, we can hop on the bus and become psychos ourselves, hence, contributing to the lasting damage that climate change has already blessed us with; or three, we can do something and make a difference somehow in someone else’s life. I assure you, nothing is small when you decide to help and I meant the ‘real’ help. Not the kind where you were required to do, nor the kind that you want to get something out of.

It can be as simple as paying for the grocery of the person before you in the cashier line (who didn’t have enough money to pay for the goods); opening a door for someone; aiding a co-worker complete his or her tasks; or volunteering with an organization. Even sincerely smiling at a complete stranger can make a difference for we never really know what people are going through.

Thank-You Handmade Postcards for a Cause Project

Last year, as a means to help promote volunteerism, I initiated the handmade postcards for a cause project. All the proceeds of that project went to an organization, VSO Bahaginan, that is committed to fighting poverty through a wide range of volunteering development programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

This year, after coordinating with a friend, I have decided to invest a portion of my money to buy school supplies and toiletries for Bethsaida Orphans Education Center (BOEC) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Hopefully, with this article blasted in our social networks, I will be able to convince others to contribute as well. I am currently preparing a box that will be sealed by mid-September 2013 and if you want to donate anything – box of pencils, paint brushes, plastic envelopes, toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap – please feel free to get in touch with me.

According to the Project Coordinator, other than accepting supplies and inviting skilled professionals to volunteer in the center, they also have projects designed to seek financial support as the challenges for maintaining, as well as improving, their facilities and providing for the orphans are on-going.

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As of the moment, I have received my first cash donation of 100 baht from a friend.

I’m sure by now, you must be wondering how BOEC came about and why I chose this center amongst thousands all over the world.

BOEC was established in 2005, formerly known as Olaf Palme Orphans Education Center, to help in caring and educating orphaned high school girls. Back then, there were still only 37 girls. The girls, after losing both parents, do not have relatives who can properly care for them. Most of them lived in hazardous conditions, stigmatized by neglect and abandonment. Such conditions drive some girls to the streets, eventually leading to many horrifying outcomes not just confined to drugs, sexual abuse, and diseases.

Its establishment obviously helped in reducing the trauma that resulted from societal neglect. The mere fact that these girls have a home that offers self-awareness education, moral and spiritual guidance, there is a bigger probability that they will (one day) participate in the political, economical, and social decision making processes of their country.

I am a strong believer of education, of all forms; without it, one cannot be a contributing member to the growth of his or her nation.

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Before I end this article, please note that this initiative was created to simply contribute to those who needed help. Like how one prepares a gift for another, it was created with an intention to JUST give. Period. I am writing this because other people might complicate the matter and react by saying that the project was ran without proper approval of the bureaucratic process that usually takes too much time. I’ll have none of that.

It’s black and white – give if you want to give, don’t if you don’t want to.

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