By: Sam Lim (http://www.samlimphotography.tk)
These are portraits of elders in ANAWIM, a center founded by Bo Sanchez back in 1996 and a home of 55 abandoned elderly plus a few orphans and physically and mentally handicapped persons. This was taken the last time we were there which was about a year and a half ago.
“ANAWIM”, a Hebrew word, meaning, “The Poor of the Lord”
Kriska (my girlfriend) celebrated her birthday there and decided to bring along some daily stuff that they can use like toiletries, detergents, alcohol etc. and of course food! They were all hospitable. They even threw a mini party for her!
Since we wanted to personally meet all of the elders, we decided to deliver the food we brought (sandwiches, juice) to each one of them.
We were surprised to see that some of the elders were actually living in Nipa Huts. And again, we’re talking about old people here. So imagine that.
Seeing them happy with just a small amount of donation can really be moving. I guess what I’m trying to say is that, think about the amount you’re spending each and every day. Here in the Philippines, an average person would spend around P200-P500 pesos every day during weekdays and probably around P700-P2000 pesos on weekends and still be unsatisfied because they think they don’t have much to spend for them to be happy. Then, think about those elderly and orphans trying to survive merely with just the donations given to them. You get the picture?
You don’t probably think about what you’re spending but the little money you can spare can go along away for those who don’t need a lot like them. I suggest we help them by giving or even just by visiting them and showing that you care. If that’s so hard to do, maybe you can just help spread the word that these types of communities exist, so that people would be aware.
Visit their website: http://www.anawim.com.ph
See a list of their needs: http://www.anawim.com.ph/donations.php
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