While we do want to see our kids to become academically proficient, it is more important for us to instill in them core values that would hone their character and attitude later on in life. For us, it is not enough just to have the smarts–the heart condition is more important.
Our homeschooling is not just limited to answering PACEs for schoolwork. We want them to be conscious about our society and not just be wrapped up in their comfortable little world. They need to see the reality around us and know that they can do something good in it.
Last time, I wrote about letting the kids take part in the SM Bears of Joy Campaign 2015 where they each get to buy a couple of bears and then they have the opportunity to give the other one to the donation box. Read their experience here: SM Christmas Bears of Joy: Teaching Kids the Value of Sharing
And yesterday, we were privileged to be invited by SM City Bacolod PRM May Castro to take part in the turnover of the bears to the kids of Kalipay Negrense Foundation (will write about them soon)–a Bacolod-based non-profit organization who are actively involved in rescuing kids at risk and raising them to eventually be able to function in the world again as productive individuals.
Kalipay Negrense Foundation got into my radar about three years ago and I have been wanting to bring my daughter Dindin there for an exposure trip but it was never pushed through. So I am so happy that we got this chance now and we also brought along our little one Shane.
There was nothing really fancy in the ceremonial turnover but it was pure joy for us as well as the kids. What we appreciated the most is that we got to meet the kids who are in the protective and nurturing custody of the foundation. They were happy and healthy and well-mannered. Despite the many colorful bears on display, nobody rushed to get them until they were told that it was okay. The home was clean and orderly and their bedrooms were nice and comfortable. I am so impressed and all the more motivated to someday save up for a legacy gift in our children’s name to the foundation. We believe that when they grow up and see their names as donors of a certain cause, they will realize where our hearts and priorities and that they, too, will someday do the same.
Our kids happily played with the residents of Kalipay and they also took part in giving the bears to the kids. What a wonderful way to spend our Friday morning!
We intend to continue joining the SM Bears of Joy campaign for several years to come. Thank you for the opportunity.
Author’s Note: For reasons of security, I could not divulge the location of their house nor show the faces of the children. But should you be interested to learn more about them and support what they are doing, here are their contact details:
Kalipay Negrense Foundation
Main Office: Room 1, Ground Floor MARC Building
YLAC Avenue, Bacolod, 6100 Negros Occidental
Phone:(034) 495 3500