We had three events happening simultaneously last March 13, 2016. The first one was a seminar about women’s and children’s rights, which was headed by Jamie Martinez, our project implementer. This was followed by our monthly nutrition campaign. The second day of training of the volunteers for the HAPI Literacy happened after all the kids were fed. Chantal Blum, our guest from Switzerland, was also present at these events.
I came at around 4:30 in the afternoon. I started training the volunteers at 5 p.m.. Before that, Jamie and I talked. It was from her that I learned that there were women in the area who were battered wives. It was also shocking to find out that there were kids in the elementary level who had experienced physical abuse from their teachers. Thus, the talk about their rights were very timely.
This made me realize the importance of our work as humanists. We are not there just to feed hungry tummies. What we do is more than that. We are there to teach people how to think logically so that they will know how to make better decisions for themselves. This, in my opinion, is the best way to help people value themselves and stand for their rights. We are not there to give them fish. We have a bigger mission and that is to transform lives and help create a better world for the underprivileged
Short seminar about children and women’s rights
Chantal smiling, observing the volunteers being taught
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