The Careers Program is about linking out-of-school youth to sustainable higher paying jobs, providing them training and job opportunities so they can pave their own way out of poverty. We took talent that nobody in the sector looked at before, trained them, and proved that they can deliver.
- Geoanna Corneby, CSR Officer, 2012-2015
See how MicroSourcing changes the lives of disadvantaged youths, believing that they can deliver given the right resources and opportunities.
by: Lesley Anne U. Ordinario
Just in time for the start of the school year, MicroSourcing Philippines, through MicroMissions, partnered with Generation HOPE in providing a mini library for the Grade 1 students of the Imus Pilot Elementary School in Cavite. Over 100 children's books were donated to extend learning and help with developing the reading abilities of the kids. Mats, pillows, and educational children’s toys were also provided.
The school's principal advocates literacy through reading and the mini library is one step towards improving the Grade 1 students' reading and comprehension skills.
Yearly, MicroMissions organizes a tree-planting activity and this time around, we focused on understanding how to nurture seedlings before planting them.
Buhay Punlaan is a nursery of native trees at the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed in Lumban, Laguna. It covers a 2-hectare area and serves as a learning laboratory and direct response to the shortage of native tree species in the country today.
41 volunteers went to Lumban and collected and planted 300 wildlings. Kuya Ken and Kuya Kiko taught us the different stages of preparing the seedlings before planting. This activity was a holistic approach to understand how one wildling should be taken care of.
After going through the different stages of nurturing, MicroMissions went to the Japanese Garden where Kuya Ken showed us how to spot and collect a wildling.
This mission is in line with Haribon Foundation’s Rainforest Organizations and Advocates (ROAD) to 2020 – an environmental conservation movement that is committed to restoring Philippine rainforests using native tree species to sustain the provision of ecological goods and services through an informed and engaged public.
Another sustainable mission accomplished!
by: Lesley Anne U. Ordinario
March 22 is regarded as World Water Day. To honor an indigenous tribe that has lived in houses on stilts in the sea, MicroMissions partnered with Waves for Water and Payatas Orione Foundation (PAOFI) to provide clean, safe, and potable water to the Badjao Community in Quezon. As immigrants from Mindanao, they settled in Lucban, Quezon and PAOFI took care of the community and taught them how to weave rags and beaded bracelets for livelihood and provided them education.
Waves for Water is an organization that offers access to clean water to improve personal and civic well-being, increases overall health, reduces poverty and increases opportunities for education and employment, and contributes to the advancement of individuals and their communities. With the water filters that they provide to communities, it is one step in making sure individuals get to drink bacteria-free water especially in areas where accessibility is a challenge.
Last March 17, MicroMissions volunteers attended the Learn and Share Session on the filters that will be donated to the community. Conducted by Waves for Water, Raymond Sikawat taught the volunteers the assembly of the filter system. On March 24, the trip to Quezon pushed through for volunteers to personally share with the Badjaos the knowledge we gained in using the filters. 15 water filters were given to the Badjao community as they get water from a well, a deep-well pump, and the water from the sea, which has become their lavatory.
Each filter will be used by 3-4 families that will be strictly monitored by PAOFI. The filters donated can be used for 5-10 years, a great deal of sustainability in providing potable water to lessen water-borne diseases, especially to children - to improve their development - and for the community to increase their productivity.
Annually, MicroSourcing encourages its employees to participate in a Valentine's Day activity that is worthwhile and inspiring. This year, MicroMissions organized a fundraising activity in the form of a block movie screening, which was held at Robinsons Galleria MovieWorld Cinema 10. One of the most talked about movies and one of the least known Marvel Superhero, Black Panther, did not disappoint moviegoers.
Having been able to watch the movie, MS employees get to help an orphanage whose name is apt for the Valentine's season. Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Children's Home, located in Pasig, houses abandoned, neglected, foundling, and surrendered children since 2007. From the proceeds of the block screening, MicroMissions was able to donate a sanitation facility and a drinking fountain to promote hygiene and give access to potable water to these children. These facilities will be installed with the help of Manila Water Foundation's Lingap Project.
From 234 generous employees, together with their family and friends, a total of PHP 117,000 was raised from this activity.
In January, baking enthusiasts - both beginners and experts - gathered to create delicious pastries to be sold at the MS Banchetto.
21 MicroMissions volunteers went to The Cookery Place in BGC to become chefs du jour to bake the following:
Although the group's main purpose was to raise funds, bonding with fellow volunteers, having fun, and learning something new were also on the agenda. Volunteers from six MS Manila sites were chosen to participate with the commitment to sell the baked goodies in their respective sites.
The money that was raised was used to buy food for the children of Sitio Dumpsite in Barangay San Luis, Antipolo City. This activity is in accordance with our purpose to help fight malnutrition and to stand for the campaign #HANGRYaboutHUNGER by Nestle's United Healthier for Kids.
On January 31, MicroMissions sold baked goods at the MS Banchetto. A total of Php 18,725 was raised and donated to our partner foundation, Reach Out Feed Philippines who bought the ingredients for the lunch meal of kids in Sitio Dumpsite. The amount was good for a week of eating three meals a day for 100 kids.
On February 10, MS employee volunteers grouped to prepare, cook, and pack meals for the children and attendees of the feeding program. A sumptuous meal inclusive of chicken teriyaki, buttered vegetables, rice, and fresh fruit salad was given to hapless kids in order to nourish their bodies. More than 100 kids were given meals and the fresh fruit salad was a hit!
After lunch, Ray Alferez from EV 1880 entertained the kids with a magic show they will not forget. It was a good feeling sharing that amazing moment with the kids and the kids at heart.
Another mission accomplished! On to the next one.
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!