These two kids beside me are Ita's from Capas Tarclac. They are my poster Brother and Sister when we undergo the immersion in Sitio Yanka Capaz Tarlac last December 2012 organized by Initiative for Social Action. (ISA)
It was a long journey from manila all the way to Capaz Tarlac. All volunteers from the different Organization was gathered and and waited each other at Mc Donald CAPAZ TARLAC.
The volunteers are from the different colleges, school organizations and young professionals. It was around 10:00 Am when all volunteers were gathered and we started to travel going to the site. Almost half hour travel from the first station which the group was gathers up to the base camp.
(This is not the main site were the immersion held)
When we arrive at the base camp
We put our things and we gather all inside the small class room for a short orientation and briefing and we met
Sis. Paula (a nun assigns to be a teacher in that area).
And The Initiative for Social Action (ISA) hand a donation to Sis. Paula for their project which is the irrigation for the water system project.
(Sir Jaypee Ortiz head of the Initiative for Social Action- ISA)
Then after the short program we prepared ourselves for a long travel going to the main site. We gather all the goods that we brought up from manila. The goods will be distributed to the community.
We took a ride in a car going to the foot of the mountain and it took 15 mins. Travel from the base camp where the group held the orientation.
As we arrive in the foot of the mountain we saw a group of men coming to us and they are all Ita's they waited for us just to help us to carry out the belongings.
It was around 1:00 PM as we started to walk up to the mountain and it’s really hard for us to climb going up for we have a lot of things to carry and it’s too heavy. We follow the trails ups and down, Curve and straight under the heat of the sun. With an empty bottles for water.
We are almost to the peak of the mountain, and we stopover here to fetch some water to drink. For all of us are thirsty.
As we arrive to the main site, a bunch of children rendered token and they sang a welcome song for their visitor. They dance around the burning fire and with a warm smile in their faces.
It was a terrific journey. And I thought I could not make it to the top but when I surpass all those difficult trails up to the peak of the mountain and see the children singing and cheering for us, it feels me like I won a million in a lottery.
After a short break we took our lunch, (actually it’s a snack already for it’s already 4:00pm when we arrive at the peak) then the organizer gathered us to meet our poster parents.
She is my poster mother her name is Nana.
Actually she don’t know how old she because she doesn't go to school.
And he is my poster father, his name is Anggo
Same like nanay Nana he doesn’t know his age.
As I asked them, what is the problem of their community; they said to me "we want to have a supply of water going up to the village for it’s so hard for us to fetch water down the village". As we seen the source of the water it take a miles before you reach to it. And the second is "EDUCATION" they want their children to send to schools for they don't want their children to be like them, that every time they go down to sale goods to the market they always been cheated by the merchants.
This is Nathan (5years old) and Jumar (4 years old)
There dream is to become a teacher, because they want to educate there community. They told me that if we have a school here in the village we will study hard and reach our dream to become a teacher.
Education is one of the big problems in their community, they want their children to have knowledge, they really want their children to be in school.
In the evening after our dinner with our poster families we gathered again for a short program. The Ita community entertained us with their traditional dance.
We woke up early in the morning to help our poster family to do the chores. We went down the village to fetch water. And some are in the farm. Around 8:00 o'clock in the morning when we arrive in our house from fetching water. And the food is already prepared by my poster mother. After our breakfast. The organizer called us to gather to give the goods that we prepared for the community.
Before the gift giving activity we organized a game for the kids. And there is a short talk from the organizer.
It’s a wonderful experience for us. After the program we prepare ourselves for a long walk back to the base camp. Thanks INITIATIVE FOR SOCIAL ACTION (ISA) for the wonderful and successful activity.
Credit to Mr. JAYPEE ORTIZ
head of INITIATIVE for SOCIAL ACTION
Picture Source : BJ EDADES