Papua New Guinean students extend help to quake survivors-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
PAPUA New Guinean (PNG) students in Cebu extended help to the earthquake victims in Bohol by donating pre-packed boxes of noodles, rice, biscuits, canned goods, clothing and bottles of water.
The PNG students and the Student Representatives Council (SRC), who are under Paradise International Education Consultancy (PIEC), initiated the community service, themed as “Compassion into Action,” to help the earthquake survivors.
The students agreed to donate and collect relief goods to be distributed to the affected families.
SRC is a leader organization of PNG students registered under PIEC. Led by Joraq Yanis, a sophomore in Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Southern Philippines Foundation, the students offered helping hands and were able to gather the basic needs of the survivors.
“What could be more fulfilling and heart-warming than being able to help people? We were able to share what we have to these people we do not personally know but need our help. Ours might be just a little support, but we know we have done a big
contribution. This is an experience we would not forget,” said Yanis.
The transport of the relief goods to Bohol was made through the help of the Continental Aero Flying School (CAFS).
The relief goods were turned over to Captain Jithin J. Bhadran of CAFS, who delivered the goods by plane.
CAFS has enrolled 12 PNG student-pilots in their institution who also took part in the relief efforts.
“We, PNG students, have taken initiative to give donations because we want to help the community. We are praying for the fast recovery of the earthquake victims and we hope to do more community projects in the future,” said Shona Tsirikuo, SRC vice-president taking up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in marketing management at the University of San Carlos.
SRC and the PNG students under the education placement services of PIEC are planning out more community services and civic projects.
Through the leadership seminars and training of PIEC, the students’ skills are being developed and honed to become efficient student-leaders.
PIEC also conducts study skills seminars to teach the students proper time management in their study habits. Seminars also include touch-typing, essay-writing, resume-writing, job search skills and mock interviews.
PIEC is based in Cebu, Philippines, and has enrolled more than 150 PNG students since 2012.
PIEC’s website is www.cebustudy.org.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 30, 2013.