MANILA, Philippines – Boknoy, nine-year old with his father, 40, watched the violent conflict between the state and the non-state armed groups through TV.
Boknoy asked his Tatay, “Tay when you’re still like me, was our place like this?” His Tatay looked at him and answered, “Somehow. But this is worse than before.” Boknoy is in silent for a long moment and then asked again, “What have you done? Did you not try to be like Zaido or Lastikman?”
In the eyes of a child caught in a suffering community of violence, there could be possibility to see himself or herself as a hero. Maybe “Zaido” of GMA or “Lastikman” of ABS-CBN. In the midst of this suffering peace situation, by his little understanding, Boknoy has imagined many times being Zaido or Lastikman to end the war, or maybe just to have fun.
When you know what attracts a child, they say, and you see it would help in his/her growing up, then make use of it to mold him/ her. It is in this light that the Asia and American Initiative, Inc – Philippines (AAI) is a part of the HELP Humanitarian Caravan initiated by the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), which seeks to let communities, especially the children feel the presence of love and support of the government and the people surround them.
In four villages of municipalities in Sulu and in Basilan of around 3,000 kids, AAI will try to bring out the “heroes and fun” in those children through fun activities and fun games with the help of our invited supporters.
AAI is inviting you and your company to join us as we raise funds for AAI’s KIDDIE FUN DAY which includes magic show, face painting and balloon art. AAI will bring mascots as they party in a new world of peace they may not have seen or felt before.
HELP Humanitarian Caravan will simply bring a new world, a peaceful community and a hopeful tomorrow to our young generation.
Tatay and Nanay always want the best and the good for their children. Help us be a Tatay or a Nanay to those kids on April 15-17 in Basilan and on April 20-22 in Sulu. Please keep in touch with us before March 31 through the contact details provided. We are most willing if we could discuss your proposed help with us.
Contact Persons: Sheena Acero or Neil Erich Galicia
Asia America Initiative, Inc. – Philippines
Unit 2009 Medical Plaza Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 816 3305
Fax: (02) 816 2613
Mobile: 0917 522 2808 or 0906 239 3753
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Appeal from Rohaniza M. Sumndad
Philippines Officer-in-Charge and Program Coordinator
Sample of donations:- Food (eg. cupcakes, tetra-pack juices, biscuits, noodles, cereals, canned goods, powdered milk)- Toys (eg. cars, action figures like Superman or Batman, dolls)- Toiletries (eg. shampoo, bath soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, powder, cotton) – Party Hats- Clothes (eg, shirts)- Volunteers (eg. face painters, clowns/ magicians, mascots, balloon artists)- Monetary (cash or check payable to Asia America Initiative, Inc BPI Family Bank Legaspi Amorsolo Branch Acct No. 6735-0500-34)