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We had a blast last summer when we did our SMILE in Marawi. We are currently looking at possible places where we can do our SMILE next. If you have suggestions please feel free to send us a message here or in our FB page.
To all who have given their full support in making our SMILE’s possible, we give our deepest thanks.
We conducted an ocular last June 6, 2015 to see the condition of the school as well as the road and trail that we were to take come SMILE day. We had a bit of surprise when we visited the place. The road from Mascap to Puray was very steep that only all wheel drive vehicles or motorcycles can manage to climb. We were very blessed that it was not raining else our experience would have gone from exciting to extreme. Fortunately our vehicle was capable enough and we were able to reach Malasya-Uyungan Elementary School safe and sound.
Last October 17, we proceeded to Calawis. We had to take another route because the road in Puray was badly damaged due to past typhoons. When we arrived in Calawis, the weather was turning but still we wanted to push since the children were waiting for us. According to Teacher Aldrine, the trail going to the school was still manageable. Me, Carlo, Dorothy and Teacher Aldrine went ahead via pickup to Apiya with some of the gifts. We had to assess the situation since safety was our priority. We had too many close calls on our way to Apiya. The road was already muddy with deep canals and potholes which were difficult to manage due to the rain. When we arrived in the first store in Apiya, we were advised by the locals not to proceed anymore even by foot. According to them there are several water crossings and will be difficult (not to mention dangerous) to cross when the rain gets stronger. We decided to endorse the gifts to Teacher Aldrine. We agreed to return to complete the outreach.
PART 2 – OUTREACH A SUCCESS!!!
We kept our commitment to complete the SMILE. Last Nov. 28, we hiked from Calawis to Malasya-Uyungan with high hopes that we will complete the SMILE at last. It was almost a 4 hour hike with several river crossings and steep climbs. When we reached the school, the children were already there eagerly waiting. We had a fun time with them. We were able to setup the school’s request for a solar generator so that they will have light during the rainy days. Thank God we were blessed with great weather so we were able to complete the SMILE at last 🙂
We would like to thank our sponsors and to all who supported this SMILE. We would not have accomplished this without you.
Photos from the recently concluded SMILE in Alibihaban Elementary School, Alibijaban Island, San Andres Quezon. SMB Mountaineers and Friends shared gifts to 300 plus children.
Our deepest thanks to our sponsors, members and friends who made this event a reality. We cannot express our sincerest gratitude for your continuous support. We hope that what you see here will bring SMILEs to you and your family.
To all our sponsors, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your compassionate support for our SMILE outreach program which was held last May 31, 2014 at Lucio Vivero Memorial School, New Kawayan, Tacloban City. We truly appreciate it. Your financial donations significantly helped us continue our mission and brought uplifting smiles and genuine sense of hope to three hundred kids.
There is no way to fully express our gratitude and we are continually inspired by the generosity of donors like you who answer the call to help and give. We hope that you will continue to support us in our philanthropic commitment to bring and spread more smiles to our fellowmen from far flung areas in hope to lead them to a happier and fruitful life.
Last June 15, 2013 the group went to Pola Oriental Mindoro to visit school children and a community to give them gifts. It was a heartwarming event topped by presentations from the children and community folks. This is also the first SMILE that we experienced FOOD OVERLOAD!!! From Mam Odhie’s place, to the school, to the mountain community, to the beach camp and back to Mam Odhie’s place, food was not a problem 🙂
I wish I could share more of the details but the photos will speak for themselves. We hope to be back in Pola again for the Christmas SMILE we are planning this year.
Thanks to everyone who shared their blessings. Let us continue to put SMILE’s on the faces of our brothers and sisters.