141 Ark Avilon with Visayan Forum Foundation
Written by Kuya Harvard
Kuya Harvard got a call a month ago about a certain volunteer who celebrates her birthday with kids every year. Her name is Ate Jackie. She was looking for kids that were abused. On our end, we have yet to establish a contact with a group like that. A week after, Kuya Harvard was invited to join in a dinner hosted by Visayan Forum Foundation (VFF). It was focused on alleviating modern day slavery. On that same night, we finally matched two entities- Ate Jackie and the girls under the care of VFF.
Before heading to Ark Avilon. Ate Jackie and core member, Cam Rosales and Kuya Harvard took the time to visit the center in Antipolo and meet some of the kids who were not going to join. The center was donated by Angelo King and JK Rowling of Harry Potter books. It was equipped with different rooms to address the needs of sexually abused teenage girls. They also had a time to meet with a psychologist on a regular basis.
17 teens were partnered with 20 ates. The tour lasted for 90 minutes. Ark Avilon though a smaller zoo offered lots of interaction with animals like Jenny, a chimpanzee. Every pair had a chance to feed also farm animals like rabbits, sheep, goats and boars.
We ended the tour with a short merienda. We also took this time to fill up the profile exchange. Thank you so much to sponsor Ate Jackie for paying for the tickets and food of the teens. This exposure outside and interaction with kind hearted volunteers surely helped these teens in what they are going through.