April 2013 - Fountain of Love School project
Padua Charitable Fund volunteer Rachel Grant, has pledged to
raise funds to build a much-needed school for 150 children - typhoon
survivors in Bani, Pangasinan in the Philippines. 100% of all
profit from her first book collaboration "Making a Difference"
is being donated to this school building project, also doubling
up as a typhoon-proof shelter for some 600 villagers. Around 1
million pesos ($24,000 USD/£15,500) is needed for the construction
and any more will go towards school supplies. The land for the
school has been generously given for free!
began fundraising earlier this year and successfully raised 250,000
pesos ($6,000) - the first donation to kickstart this wonderful
project. On 3rd April 2013 the official groundbreaking took place
in Bani with many donors present. Particular thanks goes to AAI
(Airlift Asia Inc), Broadcasters Foundation of America, Oldwoods
Resort, Furry Kind pet brand by Human Nature, Sweet and Sour of
Australia, Dean Saladin and to Rene Natividad for donating a year's
supply of school work books.
Rachel at the school groundbreaking
with Mayor Navarro of Bani.
Here, Rachel wishes to share their incredible story she learned
during a recent trip to the Philippines.
"We hear very tragic tales after a typhoon has devastated
a region. However, there are always inspiring and miraculous stories
of heroism, compassion and determination that go unheard. The
"Fountain of Love" story is one of those.
It was on a beautiful beach in Bani, Philippines, where lived
600 "informal settlers". Happy in their thriving fishing
community, they refused to leave their seaside homes as a tropical
storm approached. One hour before the storm, the local authorities
learned they were in the projected path of what was the eye of
a typhoon. The region's Mayor left his family and went down to
the beach in one last attempt to convince them to leave. Finally,
one family stepped forward and into the truck, then another and
another. Soon everyone was accounted for and on their way. However,
as they were out on the road heading to safety, the typhoon made
landfall. Windows were blown through their vehicles and trees
went down blocking their path. Everyone huddled together and lay
low as rooftops and debris flew past. Eerily, once inside the
eye of the storm, all was calm and quiet. They could see bright
blue sky and the sun was shining. It gave them hope.
The region was devastated by the typhoon but every single person
from the fishing village miraculously survived. Over 100 families
of babies, children, adults and elderly lived through the eye
of the storm. As for their homes on the beach? They had all been
washed away and everything had gone.
The survivors lived in tents donated by the British for one year
before moving into new brick houses on a pretty hillside in Bani.
They called their village Fountain of Love - because it was built
on just that.
I recently discovered the Fountain of Love and spent time
with some 150 children living so very happily ever after. We brought
them a box of toys, books, plenty of sweets and Insta-Snow for
their first white Christmas experience. Taken by the humble community,
their story, gratitude and generosity, I promised to raise funds
to build them a much-needed school.
believe every unfortunate situation in life can be turned around
and made into something beautiful. No matter how sad, cruel or
devastating an occurrence, with time, patience and understanding,
there is a way forward by realising a bigger picture with greater
benefits than ever imagined.
I hope this message finds you well. And remember - if there are
storms in your path, they're simply clearing the way for a bigger
and brighter tomorrow."
Grant is co-author of the humanitarian book "Making a difference"
and 100% of all profit goes towards this project. Making a Difference
is a wonderful collection of stories by Rachel about the inspirational
people and organisations she has met on her travels in the Philippines
and around the world. It also includes stories from the acclaimed
ebook "Inspired By Manila" by Wheldon Curzon-Hobson
about the ways in which the slums of Manila are being miraculously
transformed. If you've ever dreamed that change is possible, that
people really can make a difference, that there truly is hope
for our world, then please read this book.
To purchase a copy, visit: www.rachelgrant.org
To donate, sponsor or supply to the Fountain of Love school
building project please contact Rachel at:
Donations can also be made through PayPal here:
Thank you for your continued support!
Special love and thanks goes to Nelson Balmores and Tita
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