As part of my university’s immersion program during junior year, I spent several weekends in the Luwalhati ng Maynila home for the aged. It’s a government-run facility that, to put it gently, needs all the help it can get.
In 2011, I wrote a blog entry asking for donations to provide them with a thousand adult diapers and other supplies. My friends Karsie Lorenzana and Lexa Lim came on board, and it became something bigger than the three of us. With the help of many, many donors, we were able to raise P70,000 in cash and supplies, and had two parties for the grandparents during Christmas season. [Photos from our first year: December 20, December 28]
In 2012, it continued to grow. We came back last December 26—though we had a smaller budget since work kept us from going all-out with fundraising, I’d like to think success is not counted in cash but in human connection.
Here are some photos by my friend Joseph Angan:
An amputated leg didn’t stop this lolo from being one of the last standing during the musical chairs game. Continue reading