You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~ Kahlil Gibran
It is said that the more we share, the more we have. If that is truly the case, then the SFAL group must be one of the richest people in the world. As their sweat roll down their faces, you can see in their smiles and the glint in their eyes how truly wealthy they are. There is nothing more enriching than knowing that even for just one short moment, you have brought on a smile, a sigh of relief and even better, a memory to last a lifetime to someone who truly needs it.
The Sagunto Friendship Association London (SFAL), in addition to their building project, also sponsored a Christmas party for the children of Pilawan Elementary School which became, undoubtedly, a truly momentous occasion that these children will never forget. The preparations for this event started way before they boarded their flight home. All year leading up to this homecoming, they planned for their gift giving as they shored up their stock; buying a shoe here and there, some school supplies when it’s on sale, including some extra sweets and treats in their usual grocery lists to add to their stock pile, slowly filling up one balikbayan box after another just for the sake of seeing the smiles on these kids’ faces.
The SFAL group is to be commended for this outstanding project. Enjoy the photos they have shared so that we too can experience the joy they felt in their giving.
The Brownlow’s residence was the SFAL’s staging site.
Unpacking balikbayan boxes
Packing gift bags for each student
Amazing what you can fit in a balikbayan box!
The hardworking elves 🙂
Reward for the workers after a hard day working in the heat!
Day of the party, Pilawan Elementary School
Mr. & Mrs. Digay with the table full of brand new shoes for the children
The children of Pilawan Elementary
Every child received at least one pair of new shoes
Some were lucky enough to get more than one pair if their shoe size was right
the SFAL team
beautiful SFAL ladies
The children’s presentation for their benefactors
Pres. Judy, Tony Brownlow and teachers Rhodora and Lorna
In addition to new shoes, each child took home a big bag of treats.
Their bags included enough treats for their families to share.
Of course, it’s not a party without food!
Lots of food for everyone! Including the dog lol!
the SFAL members made sure everything was perfect
No greater reward than the smiles of children who know someone cared enough to plan such a grand party on their behalf.
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”— Franklin D. Roosevelt (Second Inaugural Address, 1937)
The Sagunto Friendship Association London (SFAL) designated the children of Pilawan Elementary School the beneficiary of their gift giving during the 2012 Balikbayan Homecoming. While the organizers of the homecoming had designated charitable activities in addition to the celebrations, the SFAL group performed and sponsored additional events such as this building project and a Christmas party.
The SFAL officers asked the two teachers at Pilawan Elementary School what their most pressing need was and were told that a sink where the kids can wash up and get a clean drink of water would be most beneficial.
SFAL was more than happy to grant their request and literally rolled up their sleeves to help out.
Building of wash and drinking area for the kids in Pilawan Elementary School
SFAL pres. digs right in.
SFAL officers and teachers
A clean sink to wash up in and get a drink!
The grateful children of Pilawan School
Image source: facebook profile of SFAL president, Raul Digay, with his permission.