“We don’t meet people by accident, they are meant to cross our path for a reason.”
Last April, I joined a tour bound to Sagada Mountain Province. I met new people and even added some on Facebook. Little did I know that one of them will be an instrument for me to finally be a part of something that I really wanted to do a long time ago.
I’ve always wanted to do volunteer works especially house build activities of Gawad Kalinga (GK) and last June 30, that dream finally came true. Lyka (the one I met in Sagada) and I went to a GK site in Dasmarinas Cavite. There I met some of her friends and other volunteers, most of them are students.
We proceeded to the different activities that one may prefer to join. You can help in tree planting, house build or teaching and playing with kids. Although I love kids so much, I chose to join in house build activity this time.
After shoveling under the heat of the sun, I suddenly felt very dizzy and had blurred vision. I got scared because I don’t want to be a “burden” to anyone since I came there to volunteer. I told myself I can do it so I just stopped for a while but I didn’t tell anyone what I was feeling. When the people I’m working with said we can already start shoveling on the next part, that’s when I felt I was about to collapse so I asked my co-volunteer next to me if he can guide me to the side because I almost can’t see anything. Someone gave me water and said that I can take a rest first. I didn’t even see his face. Thank God after about 10 minutes or so, I was feeling better. I wanted to help again but it started to drizzle so we went back to the resting area instead. And there I met two beautiful kids who asked me to take photos with them.
It rained really hard after that so we just decided to have lunch while waiting for the rain to stop. I love the simplicity of everyone I met there. We just had instant noodles and canned goods for lunch but I cherished that moment because even though we didn’t know each other, we’re eating together and sharing some stories and there’s no awkward feeling at all.
After we had our lunch, the rain stopped too and we just took a rest then headed back to work. Here are the pictures in the second half of the day:
We finished at around 5 pm and just had a closing ceremony where the organizers thank all of us in helping them out in that event. I was really inspired by the dedication of the people that I met and talked to. It re-ignited the spirit of volunteerism in me. This event reminded me that we don’t always need to give material things in order to help others. By just simply being there and offering our time and working hands, we can make a difference in other people’s lives.
It was a very tiring but definitely a meaningful and productive day. And because of this event, I appreciate the construction workers more. I woke up the following morning with body pains but I also woke up to messages of new friends that I met in the event. Will I do it again? Definitely!!
To know more about Gawad Kalinga, you can visit their website at http://www.gk1world.com/home
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