Sixty volunteers from MicroSourcing spent the whole of May 4, Saturday to help construct the Children's Hour Daycare Complex in Habitat for Humanity site 2, Calauan, Laguna. The volunteers spent the latter half of the day interacting with children in the community who will soon benefit from the highly equipped daycare complex.
"The build was very memorable, knowing its outcome will help lots of children. It allowed me to appreciate what I have and relate to those who do manual labor under the heat of the sun." MicroSourcing employees shared realizations from the build activities where groups of eight people worked on tasks like sieving sand, hauling bricks, pouring concrete over the foundation of a classroom, and rebar preparation. For most of them, it was their first time to engage in physical work as challenging as construction.
Volunteers proceeded to help facilitate an afternoon program for the kids of Calauan. Headed by Mariel Cordero from MicroSourcing's Office of the CEO, a group of volunteers prepared entertaining segments starting with a magic show featuring magician Angel Castro. This was followed by a drama presentation of Peter Pan with stars Amado Basa as Peter Pan, Rolando Loredo as Captain Hook, Jack Topacio as Wendy, Margaux Elizes as Tinker Bell, Angel Castro as the crocodile, and the Calauan kids as the lost boys of Neverland. After some singing and dancing, volunteers and children capped the day with face painting. Volunteers paired up to paint the kids' faces with their requested figures and characters, ranging from a simple house or a flower to Spiderman and Avatar.
All MicroSourcing volunteers had a great time. In summarizing the entire event, a volunteer shares, "the biggest takeaway for me is the fact that I get to contribute to the community with my friends and new acquaintances. It really feels good to spend a day with the people you care about and do something worthwhile and rewarding."
The Children’s Hour Daycare Complex will house 10 new classrooms for children ages 3-5 residing at BayaniJuan sa Calauan in Barangay Dayap, Calauan, Laguna. Their families were informal settlers along the Pasig River. This project will equip the community with high quality amenities for their children: a pre-school center with a kitchen and multi-purpose hall. The Daycare Complex will also house "Eskuwelaro," a 43-week center-based curriculum focusing on culture, environment, literature, health, nutrition, hygiene, and child safety.