Thank you for all those who supported our Tacloban Projects this 2014! Here's a photo wrap-up by my partner Spanky …
ANG TUBIG NI KUYA BATMAN by Spanky Enriquez
One of the most indelible images of this trip is this bottle of water.
During yesterday's Boodle Fight organized by the Gawad Kalinga, I was enjoying the communal lunch with a group of kids, around 5 to 8 years old, who were all happily stuffing their faces with rice, pansit bihon, fried fish, and ginataang gulay. At one point, they all needed some water to wash down all the food~ so I gave them the one bottle I had brought with me.
The children shared the water among themselves, each taking a carefully measured sip, to ensure that everyone in their group got a swallow or two.
I left them to go to the covered area a block away for the Operation : Santa gift giving, and a few minutes later, when I was halfway there, I heard a child shouting "Kuya Batman! Kuya Batman!", and turned around to see a little girl, one of the kids I gave my bottle to, running towards me with the same bottle~ now full again with clean water that she'd asked from one of her neighbors.
As she reached me, with the biggest, sweetest smile, she said "Salamat po!" and handed me back my bottle, replenished and refilled. I was almost too stunned to say thanks to her~ I managed to, but I had to put on my shades.
'Random acts of Kindness'. At the back of my mind, I always thought it would be great if the kids we've interacted with through this project would grow up cherishing these memories, and in turn, when they are of age, remember to always be ready to be kind to others. Little did I know that in this instance, I'd be the first person to experience that little girl's random act of kindness.