Last Saturday morning, Nov. 20, all of the KSearch Team, proudly clad in white tee shirts emblazoned with “I love KSearch” at the front, fulfilled our modest CSR activity in collaboration with the Synergeia team. The activity was all about providing story-telling and games for the pre-selected 72 underprivileged children coming from the areas around the infamous Payatas dumpsite, ranging from Grade I to Grade VI in their respective primary schools. The host of the activity and its main organizer was the Holy Trinity Parish in San Jose Village, Commonwealth, led by the most engaging parish priest, Fr. Luciano Felloni, a long-term partner of Synergeia on projects involving the Payatas children.
As you yourself marveled at, the very capable storytellers, young community volunteers, trained by Museo Pambata did a highly engaging job on their assignments. We all saw how delighted the children were with the greatly animated interactions between the story-tellers and the children. Fr. Luciano was marvelous with his impeccable Tagalog as he broke the ice in his opening remarks. Our own Ms Karmeli was excellent, too, when she offered “to give jobs to the children 20 years from now, when she herself would have turned 40(!)”, provided, of course, she continued, that “they continue to read even if there are no story-tellers, no games and no Fr. Luciano!”.
Our own team of KSearch outdid themselves when the children “willingly” participated in the games we prepared for them. The Parish prepared arts and crafts materials and each KSearch staff was assigned in different work tables to assist the children create something with the kits.
Lunch was served for all attendees. Chocolates and toys were given as prizes.
To encourage the children to continue with their studies, KSearch handed out 72 educational kits of books and school supplies just before the event concluded.
We were all so consumed with the spirit of that wonderful feel-good day. It was a feeling hard to describe to be able to dance and goof around with these poor children, knowing that after this event they would be back in their deprived conditions. It’s a day wonderfully spent. For us in KSearch, this, among others, is what it’s all about to be a responsible corporate citizen, smallish the gesture may be.