Anawim Lay Missions Foundation is a small facility for poor and abandoned elderly people founded by Catholic lay preacher Bo Sanchez in Rizal Province, Philippines. Anawim Lay Missions opened its doors in 1996 to rejected and abandoned elderly who are roaming the streets. Its purpose is to provide a home, a sanctuary, to those poor and abandoned elderly who have nowhere else to go.
As we celebrated the United Nations International Day of Older Persons for the month of October, MicroMissions planned a trip to the facility on October 28. Forty-one (41) volunteers shared their time with thirty (30) lolos and lolas. A mini-fashion show was given wherein grouped volunteers dressed up and made over their chosen lolo and lola for the "runway". Everyone came in prepared and brought accessories, wigs, and make-up. In the end, Lolo Tony and Lola Es of Group 5 won as they bested four other groups. Another fun game was played after the fashion show – Pop the Bubble Wrap Relay and Group 1 won.
Serenity Aromatherapy Spa manicurists gave the pampering for the elders. A manicure-pedicure treat made them happy as their hands and feet were given care.
Another mission accomplished for bringing joy and love to Anawim's wonderful elders. Until next time!
July 15 is when United Nations celebrates World Youth Skills Day. Employee Engagement - CSR and MicroMissions partnered with Rags2Riches, Inc. – a social enterprise that was established in 2007 and contributed immensely to alleviate poverty in Payatas, Quezon City. R2R works with men and women from these poor communities to increase their levels of income and bring them out of poverty. They are in the business of sharing positive influence and partnering with groups (private and public) and individuals who share their values. Hence, they provide weaving workshops to share their passion and creativity, aside from generating additional income for the artisans.
In line with this day, 18 volunteers spent a productive and fulfilling Saturday with the artisan mentors of Rags2Riches. MicroSourcing employees got to know all about R2R and how the company, from its humble beginnings in Payatas, now employs 900 artisans whose craft is recognized by some of the Philippines' top designers including Rajo Laurel, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, and Kenneth Cobonpue, to name a few.
Matt Pardinas, R2R's Sales and Marketing Manager, together with six of the best–skilled artisans taught and guided everyone how to weave (step-by-step) and how to do it well. The fabric strips even require a certain tension to make a good product. This is a unique experience as one got to learn the proper way of weaving using simple tools and materials, as well as some tricks of the trade.
After weaving, the volunteers got to practice their crocheting and sewing skills to finish each of their beautiful products.
Looking at it, the whole process is very simple but if one would put years of experience, skill, patience, and creativity together - the results are high quality and world-class products that we can see on R2R's lineup: https://rags2riches.ph/.
If you were inspired by our experience, please join us on our next MicroMissions' activity.
An activity for a cause was initiated by Employee Engagement - CSR in partnership with World Vision Philippines in building sustainable communities and helping the children of Sogod, Cebu.
Last July 16, 2017, a total of 28 employees from MicroSourcing – EagleView Cebu participated in the World Vision Run. As early as 4:00 AM, everyone assembled at Cebu Business Park waiting for the run time for the following categories: 21K (Audiever Diaz), 10K (Gene Obeso, James Parame, Kenneth Cuyno, Karren Ugsang, Rodney Polec-eo, Wenido Balsicas, Roger Onipig, Simon Balingit, Dorothy Gonzales, Asterly Ygot, Vincient Degala, William Genelza, Christian Finones, Arbel Mangubat, Catherine Teo, Adlwin Balugo, Michael Binarao, Ellara Mae Balgos), 5K (Benjie Dela Torre, Joseph Bryle Cabaluna, Ryan Fabroa, Philip Carl Yonson, Anthony Talledo), and 3K (Gel Noval, Everly Apurado, Roland Navarro, Alper Espaltero).
Everyone enjoyed and had fun. They also expressed their gratitude to MicroSourcing Philippines for extending an activity such as this to the Cebu site, with the opportunity to help the community as well as promote health and wellness.
April 7 is the United Nations’ World Health Day and in line with this, EE-CSR and HR CompBen teamed up to execute the Health and Wellness Week at all MicroSourcing Manila sites.
From April 17-21, ActiveOneRx, WestMont, Pediatrica, Herbalife, Beelove, Inc. and Fitness First participated in the event. These vendors and partners shared their expertise in making MicroSourcing employees aware of their well-being. Employees were able to activate their ActiveOneRx accounts, get free medicines from WestMont and Pediatrica, sample a refreshing Green Mango Smoothie from Beelove, Inc., get a full body scan from Herbalife, and register for free at the Freestyle Group Training which was conducted at the Fitness First branches near MicroSourcing sites.
Overall, the employees were delighted to check out what was in store for them that was all about being healthy and fit.
by: Lesley Anne U. Ordinario
Running is a sport done by MicroSourcing employees for the past years. April 22 is the day dedicated to Mother Earth and this year, 31 employees from different sites and departments participated in the National Geographic Earth Day Run held at Mall of Asia, Pasay City. From 5K, 10K, and up to 21K, all MicroSourcing participants were pumped up to finish the race.
21K runners started their run at 3:30 AM, 10K runners started at 4:30 AM, while 5K runners ran at 5:30 AM. Most of the participants finished at around 7:30 AM and each got Gatorade and water bottles to refresh them after the run.
RunRio, the event organizer, also had a raffle draw for those who stayed and had their numbers registered. It was a day to remember as people from different sectors ran for Mother Earth.
by: Lesley Anne U. Ordinario
March 19 was the day we have been waiting for. MicroSourcing held its first block movie screening of the most awaited live-action movie Beauty and the Beast, a remake from the 1991 Disney animated film.
A total of 171 MicroSourcing employees, with their family and friends, came to watch at Bonifacio High Street Cinema 2. Before the movie started, premium MS items were raffled off to 29 lucky attendees. Purple Bunny provided snacks for everyone.
Five representatives from our beneficiary also graced the event. Headed by Director for Strategic Partnerships Timothy Lu and accompanied by his wife, Director of Programs Christine Lu, Operation Smile Philippines (OSP) showed a six-minute video presentation to spread awareness about the life of children with facial deformities and their life after the successful surgeries from volunteer doctors of OSP.
With this fundraising event, MicroSourcing was able to hand over P91,800.00 to Operation Smile Philippines Foundation which will be able to help at least five kids for their cleft and lip palette surgery.
Overall, everyone loved the movie and at the same time, was able to support the advocacy of OSP.
February 14 is the day of love - love for family, friends, acquaintances, even strangers.
MicroSourcing holds an annual Valentine’s Day event to give cash and/or in-kind donations to a chosen charity. This year, Grace to be Born shelter, an organization that ministers to pregnant girls/ women in crisis, the unborn and newborn babies.
As a fundraiser, Employee Engagement-CSR sold roses and balloons across Manila sites and was able to raise P43,135.00.
Last February 18, 13 volunteers went to Grace to be Born to give the donations from MicroSourcing employees. Nine mothers - four are pregnant, four just gave birth, and one was in the hospital due to her baby’s complications - received the mommy and baby essentials such as bath soap, shampoo, powder, maternity napkins, cotton, alcohol, feeding bottles, diapers, moisturizer, and lotion, while the shelter received stainless casseroles, infant weighing scale, canned goods, plastic storage boxes, plastic food gloves, laundry detergent, cooking oil, clothes hanger with clips, and distilled water.
The youngest mom is 14 years old and the eldest is 30. Most of them are from the province and their identities were kept secret by the shelter due to family issues and the sensitivity of their cases. Some of them shared that they want to finish their studies and some want to work. MS Volunteers gave them a boost that life doesn’t end in the shelter and they can definitely achieve what they want and give a future to their babies, as long as they work for it.
While having our afternoon snacks, DMC band, headed by Stephanie Reyes, gave us a treat with their acoustic renditions of popular songs. One of the mothers is going to celebrate her 18th birthday in March, so we sang to her and gave her roses just like what a debutante would have for her 18 roses. All moms also got roses and balloons for a post-Valentine’s day.
The weather was not cooperative that day but seeing the smiles on their faces and how happy the moms, the babies and staff are, made the trip worthwhile.