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Sky’s the limit for sponsor kid Roselene

Roselene takes to the Intramurals catwalk

For 16-year-old sponsor child, Roselene Quirante, taking out her category in Sagkahan National High School’s Intramurals fashion competition was a dream come true.

Roselene was presented the trophy for Best in Sports Attire as hundreds of her peers cheered and applauded.

“I feel so blessed because it is one of my dreams to join that kind of competition at school,” said Roselene.

“So to win it has made me so happy.”

“My father said he was very proud of me,” she beamed.

Roselene is one of almost two hundred children sponsored through VFV’s unique ‘Sponsor A Child’ program.

Winner! Best in Sports Attire

Sponsor children are provided with a school uniform and supplies, academic monitoring, tutoring, health monitoring, and a daily meal.

“I am very thankful to be a sponsor child,” said Roselene.

“It helps a lot with my studies — I don’t have to worry about not having school supplies and it gives me extra motivation to do well.”

Roselene has had her school life enriched and her home life improved with the help of the Sponsor A Child program since she was ten-years-old.

With her recent confidence-boosting victory and the continued support of her sponsor family, the sky is the limit for Roselene.

Proud Roselene and her victor's trophy

“I want to go to University and become an interior designer; I love fashion and styling,” she said.

Would you like to make a difference in the life of a disadvantaged child? Click here to find out more about VFV’s Sponsor A Child program!

*Written by volunteer Emma Bailie, journalist from Australia


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Clean water for a community in need

Santo Niño resident receives water filtration system, hygiene kit and 'grow your own veg' pack

VFV volunteers delivered 33 water filtration systems to families in transitional shelters during a relief mission to Santo Niño.

Thanks to a partnership with Wine to Water — a non-profit aid organisation from the USA — families waiting to be relocated after losing their homes during Yolanda now have permanent access to clean drinking water.

VFV’s Assistant Community Coordinator Princess Marie Almanza said the water filtration systems will be life-changing for the 568 people living in the camp.

“These systems will save families from the cost of buying water and also from the dangers of boiling well water to make it clean,” said Princess.

“The national government supplied 30 water filters to this community but that is only one filter between two homes and they were given no demonstration on how to use them.”

Princess demonstrates water filtration system at Santo Niño community centre

VFV and Wine to Water stepped in to fill the gap and ensured that every family understood how to use and maintain the filters with a thorough demonstration given at VFV’s Santo Niño Community Centre.

VFV volunteers also handed out 60 hygiene kits including: toothbrushes, toothpaste, laundry detergent, soaps and shampoos.

The families were also given a ‘grow your own veg’ pack — an initiative of Daria Hammerschmidt, the volunteer behind Cangumbang’s community garden.

The seeds will allow the families some self-sufficiency during their long wait to be relocated to permanent homes.

The good work of VFV and Wine to Water continues with plans to install water tanks in remote areas like Cangumbang and further relief missions set for the coming weeks.

Transitional camp resident practises cleaning filter

“There are five transitional camps in total,” said Princess.

“We are working together to get hygiene kits and safe drinking water to everyone in these communities.”

Want to join us in our good work to help communities in need? Click here to learn more about volunteering with VFV!

Click here to learn more about the game-changing work of Wine to Water!

*Written by volunteer Emma Bailie, journalist from Australia

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Healing through helping

Joseph guides the students of Sto. Niño Elementary School in a group activity

Volunteers have many reasons for joining VFV’s powerful work improving the lives of disadvantaged Filipino communities.

For 33-year-old Joseph Taylor, his volunteer experience was also a journey of personal healing.

Joseph was holidaying in Leyte when Typhoon Yolanda struck last year. He was forced to wedge himself inside a hotel closet while the record-breaking storm destroyed the city around him.

“After the typhoon Tacloban was hell on earth,” said Joseph from London in the UK.

“There was no food, no electricity, dead people in the streets — it was just a war zone.”

The students of Sto. Niño Elementary School learn about endangered bird species

The generosity shown to him by locals during the crisis fuelled Joseph’s decision to return to the city as a volunteer.

“People helped me a great deal during Yolanda and I wanted to reciprocate that in some way,” said Joseph.

“I also wanted to come back to see the city in a different state; I didn’t want my last memory of Tacloban to be how it was when I left on November 10.

“I wanted some closure for myself too.”

Joseph has spent the last four weeks teaching environmental education to elementary students in remote schools around Leyte.

“I got really interested in disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change,” said Joseph.

Student enjoys drawing endangered bird

“Some of the skills I teach — like map drawing — will be very useful in a natural disaster because the children will be much more aware of their surroundings.”

Joseph has made a meaningful, positive impact on a community in need simply by sharing his knowledge on subjects he is passionate about.

“It has been a profound experience of gaining teaching skills in a community that has been affected by a calamity.”

“I walk away with the knowledge that I have positively influenced the education of the children in those schools.”

You can make a difference too! Click here to find out more about volunteering with VFV!

*Written by volunteer Emma Bailie, journalist from Australia


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