Yesterday we covered the mushy topic of living love. While I’m not typically a mushy person in particular, I’m do get super excited about people who are living intentionally in order to help others.
When I started my #give10 search for people and projects who were changing the world, I accidentally surrounded myself by a whole lot of this kind of people. And you know what, they are contagious.
Today I want you to meet my friend Cecil, she’s one of these crazy infectious people who knows how to dream.
Cecil’s dreaming started decades ago as a young girl in a small village in the Philippines called Lamba. Though she doesn’t look old enough for the story she tells, Cecil remembers when her village school got their first and only piece of playground equipment decades ago- a rough cement slide. Today that same slide, worn slippery from bottoms of playing children, is still the centerpiece of the school yard.
Cecil has always dreamed about her school having swings and a proper playground so she’s finally taken the matter into her own hands to make that a reality for the school’s 600 current students.
As part of our 52 weeks of #Give10 part 2, we asked Cecil about the Lamba Central School Playground Challenge and what she believes about the power of small givers.
1. What project accomplished are you most proud of this year?
I’m very proud we started this playground project and that the teachers in the school share my excitement. Little by little we are making this happen and we’ve been able to finish part of the playground by our goal in December!
2. What are you most excited about in the year to come.
I am excited to see the rest of the facility get set-up this year. Even though we haven’t raised the funds to build the whole playground at one time, we are committed to build it piece by piece.
3. Last year #give10 supported the playground with $10. How do small donors make a difference in achieving your mission?
A small donation is big enough because it shows that there is someone out there who believes in our project, cares about our village school, and shares our dream of providing a better world for our children.
4. What is one thing you wish you could tell to the people who give to your cause?
I would tell people to follow their heart and give, because nothing is impossible when you give with love – it multiplies to others and spread the blessings. When they give, they open up an opportunity to one child – and this school has 600!
5. What do you think stops people from giving to a charity?
People who don’t give might not have heard of the cause or have other things they are passionate about. But I believe, every person likes to give and feels good when they do. It is just a matter of time and chance.
6. What do you think motivates the people who do donate to give again?
If people see that their donation made a difference, then they keep giving. If they know that other people’s lives got better, then they give again. Knowing that their donation is valued and used accordingly is very important.
7. Doing world changing work isn’t free. Can you explain the model that your project uses to cover its operating costs?
The funds raised are covering the actual construction of the playground facilities. The rest of the work has been happily undertaken by the school committee to be a “bayanihan” which means they will be working for free as a part of their donation for this project.
8. What do you think is the role of the individual who can only make a small donation?
Every person makes up a hundred and a thousand and a million. So one person plays a very important role. He/she completes the whole of the dream and final effort. No help or support on this project is small – every effort counts.
9. What project (other than your own) would you would want other donors to support?
The Ardee Smile Kidz, a small (and the only one) advocacy project in my city, that provides free therapy to children with cerebral palsy and educates parents on how to properly handle them so they grow loved and cared for.
10. How can people learn about and contribute to the Lamba Central School Project?
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson