On August 10, 2022, we took the opportunity to visit Enrile Cagayan and meet the 8 CYDP Beneficiaries 6 of them are newly graduates, on our way to a Medical/Dental Mission in Apayao.
The purpose of the Activity was not only to give the allowances and shoes but also to gather students’ evaluations for the School Year 2021-2022. Knowing which aspects, we need to improve and continue is always helpful.
The Activity started at exactly 2:30 in the afternoon, Ms. Erlinda Apostol and the Vice Mayor of Enrile warmly welcomed the OHF team. A short game called “Stinger” was introduced later on. The participants evaluated what they learned and observed. One Shared that we must always be careful in trusting anyone.
The Program Area Coordinator shared her analysis of the moral lesson of the game. One must be careful in choosing one’s circle of friends, second, we must be vigilant in finding what/who’s the network we can affiliate with that fit us or challenged us.
After the game, the 6 new graduates shared their experiences from where they started and how they finished their 4 years in College and also expressed their gratitude for the help of the foundation. After them, 2 remaining CYDP Beneficiaries at Enrile also shared their thoughts, goals, and gratitude to the foundation.
After the activity, OHF Team distributed the shoes that were donated by Vans and their Last Allowance for this School Year 2021-2022.
Ms. Rosalinda T. Perez, the Executive Director of the Open Heart Foundation cited that she wishes all the scholars to become successful someday, finish their studies and find decent jobs so that they may be able to help their families in the future. That was the goal of the Open Heart Foundation, to help one student in a family and that scholar will alleviate her family from the clutches of poverty. They must pay it forward to their siblings and other family members. To the graduating batch, she challenged them to strive further, because finishing their college education is just the beginning of their life’s journey. They are expected to lead their communities in the future. And also, one of the board trustees Secretary Marlyn Fernando shares her motivational message to all the CYDP Beneficiaries.
Prepared by: Maejorie U. Ortega, RSW, Program Area Coordinator 1