Around 20 students and young professionals from the Philippines and China’s special administrative region of Macau were in Palawan recently to volunteer at a summer camp.
The summer volunteer camp, which started on June 11, was organized by the Honlam Education and Research Association (HERA) of Macau in cooperation with the office of Vice Governor Dennis Socrates.
It will be held until June 27, aiming to foster societal awareness, community involvement, and cultural integration among the participants of the program.
This year, the volunteers helped in repairing the classrooms and gave classes to high school students at Sta. Monica National High School.
Before going to Palawan, the participants of the program also visited the slums of Tondo, Manila, to give school supplies to the children and grocery items to the poor families in the community.
“One thing that the students learn is that even in the small things that we do, it can mean a lot to those whom we visited,” said Joseph Sy-Changco, an organizer from HERA and a professor from the University of Macau.
During the two-week-long outreach program, the volunteers were also able to visit patients in the Philippine Children’s Medical Center and ‘Bahay Aruga’, a free halfway house for pediatric cancer patients.
The volunteer camp, conducted twice annually, is supported and funded by notable corporations like the Galaxy Entertainment Group.