by: Ida Mandinyenya
Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Social Responsibility |
Earlier this month, we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the International Day for Older Persons on October 1 with the theme 'Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment'. The UN estimates that 6 out of 10 people will live in urban areas by 2030 and it is predicted that over 900 million elderly will live in urban areas by 2050. With this comes a need to ensure that older people living in urban areas have access to an improved quality of life.
Kanlungan ni Maria - Home for the Aged cares for poor, abandoned, homeless, and sick older people in Antipolo, Rizal. It was founded in 2002 by former Bishop Crisostomo A. Yalung who had a yearning to care for the elderly by providing them with shelter, food, clothing, medicine, and other basic needs. Kanlungan ni Maria is currently home to 16 lolas and nine lolos who are all under the supervision of nine staff members.
MicroSourcing volunteers had the opportunity to visit the elderly residents of Kanlungan ni Maria last October 24. Volunteers spent the morning building new relationships and bonding with the lolos and lolas. The life stories that the older people had to share were powerful and it was heartbreaking to learn of the pain and suffering that they had experienced. "Brother Jimmy was diagnosed with advanced glaucoma and despite being blind, he was full of life and spoke fondly of his days as a teacher in Zamboanga. He revealed that he missed being able to read on his own and I am motivated to visit him again for a morning of reading" said Ida, a MicroMissions Volunteer Leader.
Volunteer Jan Cyrill Dimaranan led the group to a game of Pinoy Henyo which the lolos and lolas loved. After that, they gathered for a meal then the elderly shared some of their talents with the volunteers. First, Nanay Remy sang ‘Besame Mucho’ followed by the memorable Nanay Pinay who is well-known for her jokes. Brother Jimmy shared an inspirational message and encouraged us to always smile as it brings much joy to those around us.
MicroMissions would like to extend its sincere gratitude to MicroSourcing employees who donated the following food and non-food items to Kanlungan ni Maria: cooking oil, sugar, milk powder, milo, canned goods, hand soap, and cleaning materials. Moreover, a special thank you goes to the following internal departments and client accounts that made team contributions: HR - 1880, MOA, Ortigas, and Picadilly; Finance; Facilities & Client Services; PR & Marketing; Talent Acquisition - MOA; EagleView, and Team M - MDC.
Lastly, we are thankful to Jonna Distor, HR Compensation and Benefits Manager, who helped facilitate the donation of P20,000 worth of medicines and other premium items from Unilab Foundation. The medicines were handed to volunteer nurse Christian Angelo C. Santiago, R.N. and will augment stock at Kanlungan ni Maria to ensure that the lolas and lolos are in good health. MicroMissions is appreciative of the unending support from employees who helped make Aging Gracefully - MicroSourcing Celebrates the Elderly a success!