If you have read the ‘about me’ section on this blog of mine – I mention that I care for those in need. This is a post that will be touching on this part of my life – something a bit different to cupcakes but I think it is important that I express other things such as this on this blog.
I have titled this post ‘Soul Cry’ because it is something that my heart has been doing as I have viewed reports on the tragic conditions the Philippines are in at the moment. The thing that also comes to mind about this is that the Philippines were going through enough already before this typhoon hit them now just under two weeks ago.
I have a sponsor child in the Philippines – her name is Melissa and she is 9. She and her family were extremely blessed and weren’t affected by this typhoon. But when it was happening and I hadn’t heard any reports on how the island of Calapan held up, all I wanted to do was fly over and be with her and her dear family.
I have had the privilege of meeting Melissa and her family early this year. During this visit I was able to see her house, meet almost her entire family, take her to a beach for the very first time and many other things. One of the things I cherished the most was the relationship I built with her mother Rikka.
On the last day of being with Melissa and her family I got to take Melissa and her mum grocery shopping. This supermarket we went to had EVERYTHING it was crazy. The joy and smile that filled Melissa and Rikka’s faces when walking into that store was enough to start my eyes watering. They were amazed.
So we walked around and they filled the trolley right up with things they needed along with a few treats. But the whole time (other than her grabbing things and putting them in the trolley) Rikka held onto my hand the reciting the words ‘I love you’ over and over again. It’s an incredible feeling trying to comprehend the impact you have on a whole family and hearing these words from the mother of your sponsor child. Truly incredible.
Having a sponsor child is one of the best feelings any human-being can have. Knowing that only a small amount of money can do so much for a family the size of Melissa’s (7 people) is amazing. It can help restore their house, food, clothes, medication and education.
Might I challenge you in looking into getting a sponsor child or even looking into how you can support the aid already being sent to the Philippines helping victims of the typhoon.
Do your research on different organisations that sponsor children – but I recommend Compassion. They are an organisation that put need first and having done work with them in January and seeing them in action, they do an incredible job.
I am visiting again this coming January and I cannot wait to do posts from there to keep you updated.
Melissa and her friends singing
When arriving at the projects they would greet us with these beautiful I guess necklaces. This one was actually made by Melissa and her teacher Ate Susan.
Melissa’s classroom with her teacher Ate Susan teaching.
These two girls were from another project and couldn’t stay away from me – they are very special.
This is a photo of the children from an orphanage we visited – truly incredible children and people who run it.
I also got to visit a very cute cupcake bakery when I was in Manila!