I am M.A.D. - Making A Difference

June 9, 2013

In the Philippines, the cry to make every Filipino child’s dream come true is prevailing; thus, as pro-active youths of our nation, we contribute to this mission through our own little ways. We believe that change would not be impossible if we did not work together. Everyone has the power to touch someone’s life.  It doesn’t matter how big or how small it is, everyone can make a difference.

We started a small volunteer group called I am M.A.D. (Making A Difference) with two members which grew to more than 100 volunteers across the Philippine archipelago in the span of 3 years.  Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of more Filipino children from remote areas through teaching them how to make a difference in their own small ways. We conduct workshops, initiate community activities, meet with parents, and provide school supplies. 

Since we started in 2010, we have reached 15 areas from the south moving up to the north and have encouraged more than 600 Filipino children to make a difference in simple yet meaningful ways. More than the supplies they have received, the most valuable changes are the values of citizenship, love of parents, inner peace, selflessness and spiritually that we have inculcated with the hope that they will practice them throughout their lives.

At the end of the day, we ask ourselves as volunteers:  for whom are we doing this? We think of the sacrifices, the effort of finding the supplies for the children and the passion we have invested. Then, the picture of a Filipino child with a huge smile comes into our vision reminding us that our efforts are worth it. This is an investment. No one would take a step and build the nation if someone did not make the first move.

Help us spread the MADness through a donation of school supplies and being part of our volunteer program. You can make a difference: just believe, make a stand, start it now and shout: I am M.A.D.!

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