On one weekend of April, I arranged a visit to the Missionaries of Charity Alay ng Puso at 683 Delpan San Nicolas St. Binondo Manila. I went to Manila where I invited friends and alumni of SSEAYP. Fortunately, I was joined by a couple from batch 2012 namely Raine Alerta and Joejoe Fresnoza. Both were amazed to spend their weekend with the less fortunate kids of the center. According to them, it was a rewarding activity that they would like to do it more in the future.
Prior to our visit to the center, I have to call up the institution for confirmation of our volunteering. I was able to talk on the phone to a Bangladeshi nun and gave some instructions. We took our way going to the said institution via Sta Cruz Church. We took a jeepney and tricyle passing by slum areas but when we got out we were surprised to learn that it’s just close by the Intramuros.
There were around 30 children residents that we saw at the center composed mainly of toddlers and babies. They were either orphaned or abandoned. We helped the nuns and staff in the feeding of these kids. I contributed some food for them. The kids were so lovable and adorable. We played with them and everyone wants to be hugged and be held. We played until they were sponge bathed and changed clothes and helped them put to sleep.
After our activity with the children, I saw surprisingly Sister Gloriosa, Korean nun whom I met and contacted at the Missionaries of Charity in Tayuman branch to which I also volunteered for a couple of times. It was another fulfilling experience to be sharing time with these little angels and hoping to come back soon and encourage some more friends and other people to get involve in this activity.