JAPITAN, CEBU, PHILIPPINES - Local YMCA volunteers recently teamed up with other community groups to help disadvantaged students in Southeast Asia where they completed major upgrades to a rural elementary school in the Philippines.
The foundation created by the owner of Nan Incorporated donated money and manpower and the Hawaiian Eye Foundation provided glasses to those in need. Nearly two dozen local volunteers participated in the week long service project.
"What was great about it, there were kids that were coming in to help us carry bags out, carry the cement and you know for it to not only impact us, but at that very instant you could see how it's impacting not only the students who go there but the future generations as well," says Louie Sicorsicon, a work camp volunteer with the Atherton YMCA.
Donald Anderson, the work camp organizer added: "We had dentists there, we had six dentists from the Philippines that did dental work for the villagers and plus we really rebuilt their school. So we went into a small village and made a difference in a lot of different ways. It's a way of making friends and showing what good Americans look like and that we care to build relationships the people."
Anderson and other volunteers have tackled service projects in rural parts of the Philippines for 25 years. In year's past they built homes in a village destroyed by a flood.
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