"From raw cement and scraps of metal on barren soil six months ago, the Children's Hour Daycare Complex stood beautifully on the day of its inauguration, all set for children and the rest of the community to use," says Mariel Cordero, MicroSourcing volunteer.
MicroSourcing celebrated the completion of the Children’s Hour Daycare Complex, marked by the Blessing and Inauguration of the daycare’s AKFI Classrooms and the Libera Playground last November 4 at Brgy. Dayap, Calauan, Laguna.
Children’s Hour led the ceremony, with a word from Children’s Hour Executive Director Geenette Garcia. In attendance were the funders of the daycare complex , including Angelo King Foundation Inc., and the organizations which volunteered to help build the structure.
Among those who built the daycare is MicroSourcing’s team of volunteers (MicroSourcing Summer Build). Represented by Mariel Cordero and Jules Villena, MicroSourcing was proud to witness the beginning of a new addition to Habitat for Humanity’s community in Calauan, Laguna.
Upon her return to the site, volunteer Mariel Cordero recalls her first visit, "When we came for the build and the outreach in April, the foundation of the multipurpose hall was still being built. There were mountains of hollow blocks and sand everywhere and it was very dusty. I remember very much the heat and sweat I felt as well as the tired faces of my co-employees. At the sight of the daycare complex now, the memory of hard work, sweat, and tears were set aside and was replaced by the feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment. The day care complex is well established; this will bring kids to a new world of learning."
Charlie Ayco, Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, spoke of the next challenges that face volunteers and partners. Mariel shares, "He talked about how the biggest challenge is not the building but convincing the families to live in the newly built compound. This led his audience to think about the wide spectrum of challenges that impoverished families are burdened with: availability of jobs, relationship with the government, and fear of change. This is a bigger struggle than raising funds for beautiful homes and actually building the structure."
In light of the bigger challenge, MicroSourcing continues to explore projects with both Children’s Hour and Habitat for Humanity.
On the day of the inauguration, partners and donors celebrated a resolve on the challenge of early education. Over 200 children at the Habitat Village, BayaniJuan, Calauan will soon receive good quality education and formation guidance for their early years.