By: Clarisse Bonghanoy Natabio
“Ang 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation ang nagmulat sa akin sa realidad na hindi biro ang mga ng sakripisyo ng mga magulang ko at ng mga taong gustong tumulong sa akin.”
Ako si Clarisse, labing-siyam na taong gulang at nasa unang antas sa kursong Bachelor of Science in Tourism sa Institute of Creative Computer Technology (ICCT). Mahigit dalawang taon na akong iskoloar ng 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation. Sa dalawang taong iyon, masasabi kong marami akong natutunan na mga bagay na akala ko dati ay hindi importante.
Dahil sa pagiging iskolar ko, mas lalo kong minahal ang pag-aaral at mas lalo kong binigyan ng importansya ang lahat. Ang 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation ang nagmulat sa akin sa realidad na hindi biro ang mga sakrispisyo ng mga magulang ko at ng mga taong gustong tumulong sa akin. Napupursigi akong mag-aral para ipakita sa kanilang lahat na hindi sayang ang mga tulong na binibigay nila. Ito ang paraan ko para maipakita sa kanilang lahat ang pasasalamat ko.
Mataas at matayong ang gusto kong marating sa buhay. Mataas ang mga pangarap na gusto kong matupad at alam kong malapit ko ng marating iyon.
Kaya sobra ang pasasalamat ko na naging iskolar ako ng 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation, dahil ‘di lamang sila nagbibigay ng kaalaman sa amin. Nagbibigay din sila ng kasiyahan at kabuluhan sa buhay namin, sa pamamagitan ng opotunidad na makapagturo sa mga bata.
Kayo mga Ate and Kuya ang tunay na inspirasyon para sa amin. Kayo ang patuloy na nagsasabi sa aming huwag lang kaming mangarap para sa sarili namin, at tuparin din naming ang lahat ng mitihin naming para sa pamilya naming at ng mga taong matutulungan pa namin.
By: Ken Pablo
“From zero, I created and chose to experience one way of helping. From that one, I’ll make it endless.”- Ken Pablo (a scholar of 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation Inc.)
At first, I really couldn’t understand what people get from helping others. Is it fame or good image? Or rewards and other trivial things? All of these ideas didn’t ring a bell to me until I saw the reality.
As a 2KK volunteer who teaches tutees every Saturday, I now understand the anger of our teachers in our elementary days.
Kids are very unpredictable. They can be really chaotic so prepare the longest patience gauge you can have. But still, there's this single feeling that I can’t explain when I’m with them.
Sometimes, they won’t listen and play around. It is really something that challenges my temper. However, despite all the things that they did, a single smile from them is enough to wipe off all negative emotions and instantly bring forth happiness.
Every time I come home from volunteer activities, I still can’t understand what just happened. But for some reason, there's always this fufillment, an indescribable happiness that I would love to share with others.
My dream is actually really simple, to conquer the world and become one with it. Through the spirit of helping others, I want the world to hear how we can be united—a dream that I will pursue by breaking any boundaries no matter what. From that one experience I had, I realized that I can create endless possibilities of reaching out to others.
By: Mau Gullon
The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robin Sharma
The hustle and bustle of a 5-day work week will make you ponder if your purpose in life is only to work, eat and sleep, work, eat and sleep, and again, and again, and again. It will stir you to question the universe, “Is this all I will be doing for the rest of my life?”. Until I come across 2KK TULONG SA KAPWA KAPATID FOUNDATION, INC. (2KK). I have my very first day of being a volunteer at Sampaloc, Manila on the 25th day of March 2017.
It has already been a year of teaching, laughing, playing, giving and loving. Just hearing the kids calling me “Ate Mau” is like a music to my ears. Seeing them enjoying every minute of my company makes all my time and effort in attending the session truly worthwhile.
2KK has given me an opportunity to serve and to show God’s love to others. It is my constant reminder that living only for myself is not living at all, we have a greater purpose in this world – to do small things with great love.
As vast as the universe is, we are given a myriad of opportunities to show our love for others, even how small it is, it will surely make a difference.
I haven’t noticed before but suddenly the stars are shining brighter than usual.
By: Alvin Perez
Most of the time, it's the passion to make a difference that could lead to great things.
It's very usual for me to see emphatic youth in the development sector. There are teens who would sympathize by showing how they feel sorry for the living condition of others; whilst some express their sympathy through sharing the stories of indigent families and individuals, which, most of the time, bears fruit in making their condition a little bearable.
In some ways, these actions create an impact to their lives. However, is that the only intervention we can do for those in need of help and guidance?
I found the answer to this question when I witnessed the first session of YAPAK (Yaman Ang Pag-aralin ang Kabataan) Scholars’ Out-of-School Youth Project which started this May, 2018.
They named this year's OSY project as "Outstanding Selfless Youth" which seeks not just to encourage people to strive for education, but also to create an impact to the community through volunteerism.
The scholars, together with the invited speakers and partners, will be conducting a series of sessions in their community in Payatas to change the perspective of some out-of-school youth towards the importance of education.
Rather than taking advantage of the summer heat for vacation, these YAPAK Leaders/Scholars chose to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to inspire others and are willing to dedicate their time for them.
It feels so refreshing to witness these underprivileged youth making a difference to the lives of other people through their passion and compassion. I hope that this project of yours will also have a great impact to the lives of the youth you are inspiring.
Showing empathy to those in need is a noble act to do. For me, it's already a good start. But most of the time, taking actions to uplift their condition could really make a big difference and could create an enormous impact, similar to what the YAPAK Leaders from Payatas are doing in their community.
By: Alvin Perez
Kuya Vic also said that his involvement in the organizations activities, especially when he became a scholar officer back when he was a 2nd year high school, and the mentors who guided them have developed his leadership skills.
“Yung mga involvement talaga at mga seminars talaga yung naghubog sa akin… Yung mentorship nila Ate Carla, Ate Kring at Kuya Randy yung nakatulong sa amin.” He quoted.
Through meeting people and exposures that he gained being a scholar of 2KK, he was able to acquire self-confidence in dealing with different kind of people from different walks of life.
Kuya Vic shared that the involvement of everyone in the organizations one of the things that he loves the most. It’s like a big family that everyone has their own voice that they can use for development of 2KK.
“Ang maganda kasi sa 2KK una ay humble ang founder. Iyon yung root kung bakit isang pamilya talaga tayo na may respeto at paggalang. Na hindi natin iniisip kung sin yung mataas. Sa 2Kk lahat pantay-pantay mula sa scholars, tutees, volunteers Board of Advisers at staffers.”
Being one of the first scholars who saw how 2KK grows over a decade, he saw how 2KK grows. He witnessed most of its achievements and struggles, and he wanted to continue growing with the organization even after he graduates as a college student.
“Gusto ko pag nakatapos ako, mas maging malaki yung parte ko sa 2KK. Na gusto kong Makita yung growth at kung paano pa lalago yung 2KK.”
By: Alvin Perez
One of the quietest yet productive scholars of 2KK, Charissa Polican always shows initiative and endeavors to accomplish tasks independently.
As part of the organization, Charissa spends most of her Saturdays facilitating kids for Kapatid Sessions. She even takes the lead in gathering the scholars and tutees for 2KK activities.
“Masaya mag-organize ng mga bata. Kasi nate-train ko yung sarili ko na maging ate ng mga kapatid (kids).” (It’s nice to organize the kids since I get to train myself to be a good sister to them.)
As the second child of Renelio Polican, a cheese corn vendor, and Judith Polican, a housewife and part-time siomai vendor, Charissa has learned and experienced how hard life is. Nevertheless, she believes that education is one of the keys in helping her family escape from their struggles in life and in alleviating poverty, in general.
On Saturdays without Kapatid Sessions, she helps her parents to sell their products. According to Charissa, this is one of her ways in supporting the family.
Aside from selling, she had known at the age of 12 that she also must take responsibility for her siblings’ welfare, especially when her parents are away to sell siomai and cheese corns in the streets. Charissa normally takes care of her younger siblings after her classes, and then works on her assignments and projects only after her parents come home from work.
“Kailangan ko silang alagaan kasi minsan nagtitinda si mama at minsan nagpapahinga. Nakakapagod mag-alaga ng mga batang kapatid pero masaya.” (I need to take care of my younger siblings because there are times when my mother needs to work and rest. Taking care of them is tiring, but it brings me happiness.)
Inspired by the story of her adviser in class, Charissa dreams of becoming an elementary teacher someday. She shared that her experiences as a youth teacher of the younger ones molded this dream of hers.
“Gusto kong maging guro para makatulong sa mga bata na magsulat at magbasa.” (I want to be a teacher to help kids learn how to write and read.)
With the organization’s efforts to help its scholars unleash their full potential, Charissa foresees that her dream is within her reach. She also pledges that she will continue to serve people with what she can do, even just through her small acts of love and kindness.
“Sa 2KK, natuto akong mas mahalin ang aking kapwa, tumulong sa kanila kung wala sila, at kahit bata ka may kaya kang gawin sa iba.” (In 2KK, I learned to love others more, that I can help them when they have none, and that I can do something good for others despite me being young.)
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By: Alvin Perez
“Wala ka mang maibigay sa iba, magsilbi ka kahit na inspirasyon sa kanila, dahil ang inspirasyon na iyon ang siyang makakapagpabago ng buhay ng tao.” – Jasper Olaybar
One of 2KK’s YAPAK scholars, Jasper Olaybar is an exceptional youth who have always had a heart for the poor, despite his family’s own financial challenges. On his birthday last year, he even initiated a project called “School Supplies Gift-Giving Activity” in Sampaloc, Manila, as a way of giving back for the blessing of life. With the help of people who has continued to support his ideas, this noble cause came to fruition.
As part of his pursuit to be of service to others, Jasper also dreams of becoming a well-known IT expert and teacher, to be able to share his knowledge and expertise to other youth, especially the poorest of the poor.
“I want to create a software or hardware that will help change the economic status of the Philippines,” he said.
“I want to create a software or hardware that will help change the economic status of the Philippines"
Starting as a tutee back in 2006, Jasper has been a consistent scholar of 2KK for almost 12 years. Now he is soon to graduate with a degree of Bachelor of Business Teacher Education – Information Technology from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
Looking at the person he has become, 2KK has indeed molded him to be a good leader and role model not just to his co-scholars, but to their community as a whole. He learned that all of us must show our love to everyone by always lending a helping hand regardless of our status in life, because according to Jasper, there is always a way to serve others, may it be big or small.
His experiences and realizations from being a part of 2KK have led him to choose teaching as his career.
“Nung unang beses ako nagturo sa mga bata, napaisip ako na bakit ako ang kailangang magturo sa kanila. Hindi ba dapat magulang nila?” he recalled.
“Hanggang lumawak ang pang-unawa ko sa reyalidad ng buhay at napamahal na ako sa pagtuturo sa mga bata,” he added.
As a future educator of our country, Jasper believes that this profession is a great way to inspire the youth towards building a happy and thriving nation. According to him, teaching is a selfless profession.
“A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way of others,” he shared.
Jasper’s story of transcends from being a kid to a youth servant. His story pushes us to move forward to continue what we have started at 2KK, to realize dreams through education.
Sponsor today: www.kapwakapatid.com/donate
By: Glazel David (YAPAK Leader)
Imagine youth who envision their everyday lives not just for themselves, but also for the other people. #BeSelfless
Glazel David, also known as Ate Glazel, has this way of living. At a very young age she had attended Kapatid sessions, and eventually became one of the YAPAK Leaders (Scholars) in community of Payatas.
She has been one of the most active participants in 2KK activities who lead her co-scholars through sharing her knowledge to them.
A daughter of a factory worker and housewife, Ate Glazel has been active also in community development activities through creating handicrafts from waste materials.
This essay below is written by her.
In our daily lives, there are times that we ask questions to ourselves like, “who am I?”, and “what’s the purpose of my life?”. Those questions are so common, which we don’t focus on getting the best answers.
I am one of the YAPAK Leaders, and at the age of 19, I believe that the purpose of life isn’t just being happy to have something for ourselves. Instead, happiness is in living, while serving other people no matter how less fortunate we might be.
Our duties as a YAPAK Leader is not only about volunteering and teaching kids in our Kapatid program, but also serving other people who are in need. We are always praying for them and sharing our blessings.
We know that all over the world, there are many people who thought they are being neglected because of poverty other problems they are facing. Some of them want to end their lives, because they think that they are useless, and nobody cares for them.
With this, let’s think of something we can do for them. A very simple smile can be enough, and the smallest things that we can give might be the biggest impact on their lives. Let us reach them.
As a YAPAK Leader, I am inviting you to join our cause. Let’s work as a team, as a family, and show the best that we could ever give.
Being a leader in an organization such as 2KK is not an easy task, but is a great way to fulfill one’s desire to help change the world to be a better place.
It is a work of gratitude that builds us to become better. I am very sure that if we work together, we could make a very big difference to the lives of others.
Just like water, we can make an endless ripple to the lives of the people around us. Our good intentions, like water, can make change someone’s life.
So, let us work for a cause, not for applause. We are all born to serve people with all our hearts can give. Do not waste your time having a good life just for yourself. Instead, let’s spend our time helping others to be the best that they can be.
Let’s empower more great youth and people. Especially those who knows how to be selfless and share, despite their own challenges in life. Just like Ate Glazel does.
To support our cause and help YAPAK leaders (scholars) realize their dreams through education.
by: Lesther Pangilinan (2KK Scholar)
"Ang kahirapan ay hindi hadlang upang makatulong ka sa iba, tumulong sa iba ng walang hinihintay na anumang kapalit." hindi lang sa materyal na bagay tayo pwedeng makatulong sa iba, pwede din tayong tumulong sa pamamagitan ng pagbabahagi ng kaalaman, talento at pagbibigay ng matatamis na ngiti sa kanila.” Lesther Pangilinan, a 2KK YAPAK leader, said when asked about what he learned best from being a Kapatid.
A Kapatid tutee since kindergarten and eventually a YAPAK Leader scholar since his third grade in 2006, Lesther is now graduating in BS Physics at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He shares how 2KK has molded him to be a great person.
The oldest among 4 siblings, Lesther had been the family’s breadwinner after his father died a few years ago. He became a part-time NGO assistant to sustain his and his siblings’ studies and continues to be a working student, which he is proud of.
Being one of 2KK’s most active scholars, he had led in implementing honor and discipline among fellow scholars for three years. With 2KK as his training ground, he has adopted the same ideals upon becoming the president of PUP’s Physics Society.
“Sa 2KK ko natutunan ang maglingkod nang may puso,” he said. “Lahat ng natutunan ko sa 2KK, ibinibahagi ko sa society namin.”
Lesther plans to work as a resident meteorologist or in the public service, seeing both as an opportunity to help others and make a positive change.
“Gusto kong mag-serve sa tao. Gusto kong mahanay sa pinakamaiimpluwensyang tao para maging inspirasyon sa ibang kabataang kagaya ko,” he said.
Finishing his studies started with a dream. Now, Lesther encourages every child to dream and aim high.
“Dapat yung mga kabataan huwag matakot na mangarap nang mataas. Huwag nilang isiping hindi nila kaya. Once na may pangarap ka, may pupuntahan yung buhay mo. Yung dadaanan mong tuwid at yung pangarap mong yun [ang] magiging motivation mo,” he said.
“Di lang naman ikaw magtatrabaho mag-isa. May mga taong tutulong sa’yo gaya ng [mga] kaibigan at pamilya mo. Nasa sa’yo na lang din kung paano matutupad ang pangarap mo,” he also added.
by: Lesther Pangilinan (2KK Scholar)
Last September 2016, alongside with my co-scholars, we visited one of the famous museums in Metro Manila - the National Museum of the Philippines, located in Ermita, Manila.
The National Museum is an institution that is currently preserving the national collections made by infamous and famous painters, sculptors, writers and other artists, as well as contemporary ones. The National Museum has sections like the National Art Gallery, Museum of the Filipino People, Planetarium and the Regional Museum.
The Museum gave us students the opportunity to see these precious artworks made by our fellow Filipinos. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to visit all of the sections I have mentioned. We just went to the Museum of the Filipino People and the main hall of the National Museum. Even so, I was very glad that these creations was collected and handled carefully, and I think that it is a good way to bring inspiration to young generations, when they see the works that have been made by their ancestors. I believe that it is also good to have these in display for every Filipino, and for other nationalities as well, showcasing our history and artworks done by our fellow men.
Seeing these pieces made my heart flutter with anticipation and excitement. I have wondered how people lived in the old times. Pondering what materials they used and how they used it. I was also astonished and confused by my own questions. And I even wondered if my drawings and writings could ever be displayed together with these creations.