Despite difficulties, team delivers 497 school bags to Sofan ES

27 December 2014

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 December 27, 2014
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As we reported on 12 December:

On December 10, 2014, educator Ariel Lalisan, Lead Implementor Sarangani Funds for Little Kids, annnounced that the Sarangani Funds for Little Kids is visiting Sofan Elementary School on December 18, 2014. Any help you could share with us is welcome. Here are the activities that we will do there:

(1) Distribution of school bags with school supplies and toys;
(2) Tree-planting activity;
(3) Storytelling and Interaction with students through games; and
(4) Soup Kitchen

Sofan Elementary School Kids in RiverSofan has 472 enrollees. We have already collected school supplies and toys, but we don’t have enough yet.

The school supplies that we are giving come packed in plastic envelope containing: 1 pad paper, 2 pencils, 1 sharpener, 1 eraser, 1 notebook, and 1 box of crayons (8 colors). Contact us if you wish to be part of this endeavor.

As of now our partners include Alabel National Science High School Student Organizations (SSG, Junior Ecologist Ministers, Interact Club, Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral sa Filipino), Team Bundol Mountaineers, and X Photographers of the Philippines-GenSan. We are doing this while our dream of building a bridge across the river has not yet been realized. But we are hopeful that one day the kids of Sofan will not have to face too much risks in order to go to school. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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3 kids Sofan Elementary SchoolOn December 24, Ariel Lalisan told of the experiences he and volunteers had. We were riddled with so many difficulties, namely:
(1) Cargo being offloaded on its way from Zamboanga to General Santos;
(2) Difficulty of finding a vehicle to pick up cargo from the airport;
(3) Schedule conflicts;
(4) Declined requests for vehicle to transport the goods to Sofan; and
(5) Being out in the sun for over three hours through a very rough road,
we were able to successfully spend meaningful time with the kids of Sofan Elementary School.

I would like to thank, first of all, Doc Anton Mari H. Lim and the rest of Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation for the 497 school bags for the kids of Sofan.

Thank you very much AlSci Cares, the Community Linkages Arm of Alabel National Science High School, represented by the Supreme Student Government, Junior Ecologist Ministers/YES-O, SAKAFIL, AYPSJ, Reading Club, and Interact Club. I am so happy to see my co-teachers and my students enjoying the activities with the kids of Sofan.

Thanks to Engr. Vicente dela Cruz for lending us the vehicle without any hesitation and without even asking us to refuel it.

Sofan Elementary SchoolThanks, as well, to Sir Rimar Panares, schoolhead of Sofan ES, for accomodating us.

And, of course, daghang Salamat sa akong mga brothers sa Team BUNDOL Mountaineers sa kanunayng kaabtik sa pagserbisyo.

Christmas is always more meaningful when we share happiness with others. After all the activities, we started distributing the bags. I told them the story about how the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation found out about them. I showed the photo that started it all and how everyone who saw it admired them for their persistence in going to school despite the difficulties.

Read full details of the trip (including many photos) from Ariel’s blog post – http://iam.ariellalisan.com/2014/12/24/christmas-in-sofan/ – NOTHING CAN stop us from bringing happiness to the kids of Sofan.