On the second day of our volunteer trip to Iloilo, Philippines, we visited the offices of ICM’s Iloilo base. This was the first time we were able to interact with the ICM community team and gain inspiration from their local projects. As we entered the workplace for the first time, we were struck by the energetic atmosphere and upbeat attitude of the community team. We could see the passion in them! After getting to know each other through quick introductions, we were divided into two groups to work on two different group activities. We were able to experience making our first Tippy-tap and container gardening.
Surprisingly, both the supplies and the instructions were readily available in the neighborhood. We believed that with these simple crafts, the local community could sustain themselves and maintain proper hygiene. This brief personal encounter gave us insight into the needs of many in our community and caused us to consider the things that matter most in life. It’s surprising how much of the junk we don’t need is actually essential to their way of life. The ICM team is sowing the seeds of hope for the people, and the Iloilo people’s future is in the seeds we were planting.
We went to hear the local Saving group’s opening sharing after lunch. We could see a number of women working to save money for the future of their kids, and their efforts gave the neighborhood’s residents hope for more riches and opportunities. After that, we went to visit some underprivileged local families residing in homes constructed by the government. They were still actively looking for optimism and happiness despite their difficult living situations. It also caused us to consider our possessions and the things we take for granted.
It would seem that relationships are considerably more significant than possessions, and that we should continuously seek out true happiness.
Keep reading to learn more about this fascinating journey and how it encouraged and inspired us.