Wonderful year

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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, December 26, 2013

JOYFUL activities filled with love, care, compassion, and generosity for the whole month of December. That's how the all-women group Kindasan Lions Club celebrated the Christmas season.

Apart from partnering with other groups in the city for the giving of donation for Typhoon Yolanda victims in the Visayas and livelihood training in baking for women from the different barangays to help augment their income, the group also organized simple Christmas parties and gift giving activities that made their beneficiaries happy.

On December 20, Kindasan collaborated with the Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) for the "Pamaskong Handog" for the scholars from the Baguio City National High School Main who are under the Beneco District II Educational Assistance Program. More than 30 students with some accompanied by their parents were given simple snacks and goodies.

The activity started with inspiring words from Kindasan President Sonia Daoas who encouraged the students to study well and aim for the best. "Aim for the top and anything in life. Do the best that you can do in anything," Daoas said.

For his part, Beneco Board of Director Attorney Benny Bomogao who initiated the scholarship program, hopes that the activity will continue even until his term ends as member of the board of the electric cooperative.

"Hopefully, we can continue this. We'll ask help from the other organizations," Bomogao said after mentioning that the last funding for the said program is only good until December 31, 2013.

Meanwhile, more that 30 solo parents who brought with them their children spend a happy time with the Kindasan women who organized some games and given them simple gift for Christmas in an activity dubbed "Share a Toy this Christmas" on December 22 at Malcolm Square Peoples Park.

The beneficiaries where chosen with the help of the Office of City Social Welfare and Development Office (OCSWADO) headed by City Social Welfare Officer Betty Fangasan who gave the listing of the benefactors that falls under category B or indigent group.

OCSWADO Social Welfare Officer I Jackie Tupong said such activities for the solo parents and their kids are encouraged. "Nakakatulong ito sa mga bata lalo na at may games pa," Tupong added.

Kindasan ended their December outreach mission by celebrating the yuletide season with the kids and women for the Noche Buena Para Sa Pamilya project on December 24. More than 30 solo parents benefited in the project which is joint endeavor with DZBS/RPN9 and the City Government.

Also present during the said activities were Kindasan Lions Club officers and members Dr. Miriam Janeo, veteran broadcast journalist Malou Pascual, Marisa Bomogao, Jonalyn Ponciano, Juliet Fortunato, and Fe Garcia.

Another year is over. Kindasan hopes to reach more needy communities by next year for their continuous outreach mission.

May there be more groups who will reach out to people and communities that need help. More help means more chances of uplifting the lives of people. Empowering them also means achieving development for the community, the city, and the entire country.

Let us all wish and pray for a wonderful year this 2014. Happy New Year to all of you!

For comments and topic suggestions please email alahsungduan@gmail.com

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 27, 2013.


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