- Posted October 3, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
"Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
It was one fine afternoon after my 21km run in Kalibo, Aklan when I was invited to visit a school with full of stories of passion, commitment and love for the children in need.The Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center (STAC) is a non-formal institution under the local government unit of Kalibo, Aklan that aims to reach - out children with special needs. STAC has 93 children under their care with 6 staff and that includes Ms. Joanna R. Tay - Meren. PTRP.
Ms. Joanna has been working with all smile in this institution for the past eight years. She once worked in Singapore, but came back in Kalibo, Aklan to respond to her calling - for the children with special needs in her own land. From then on, she helped the institution in looking for beneficiaries, non-stop training people in area to be one of their volunteers and staff, extended her craft even to the mothers, and others. Everyday her schedules revolves from her clinic every morning and on the afternoon with the children in STAC.
What keeps her going in this kind of endeavor of reaching out children with special needs was actually her passion. She wanted to make sure that these children will be useful in our society as well as be well taken care of by the community. She never stops in smiling as I listen to her success stories of the children in STAC that was able to speak properly, go to back to mainstream education in a near by schools, and others. Who would think that an institution like this that was non-formal, works on the spirit of volunteerism, and others would touch the lives of many children with special needs here in Kalibo, Aklan. What amazes me more was the story of the STAC students who attend for college education.
Passion. This alll about Ms. Joanna's journey was all about. Her passion made the dreams of these children with special needs alive and significant. This my lesson for the day, make my passion alive and significant. It may not be that easy but I know it was worth it. In making alive and significant, I must learn how to make my small sacrifices turn into blessings. I must look also how these little children in spite of their condition, they still managed to dream...and make it alive and very significant.
Passion... What about you? You know your passion... But the question is... how can I make it alive and significant?
As we celebrate the Christmas season, let us help the Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center (STAC) in making their wish lists for children with special needs come into a reality. Photos are inserted in this journal. For details please contact:
Ms. Joanna R. Tay - Meren, PTRP
The Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center (STAC)
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