The story of these poor children, who have to swim to school each day and back, really broke my heart. There is something to be said about a society that allows this depth of deprivation to continue to stare it in the face each time. When I heard about your group of volunteers going out of the way to lend these helpless young dreamers a hand, when I heard that you were helping build yellow boats so they’ll be dry and beaming when they step into their classrooms, I felt a renewed sense of hope. This selfless act of yours made me more confident that some decent Filipinos will always step forward somewhere when our desperate people extend their hands to be pulled from the desperation and neglect that have shackled them for so long.