252 Arts and Stories with Jesus Loves the Little Children Foundation
Written by Board Member, Glenn Costales
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’” (Matt. 19:14). This is probably the most popular children’s verse in the Bible. But for Jesus Loves the Little Children Foundation, Inc. (JLLCFI), this is more than just a memory verse. As the backbone to their mission and vision, JLLCFI provides home care and education to abandoned, orphaned and neglected street children in Metro Manila.
Baranggay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City was the venue for an eventful day with 25 kids from JLLCFI. This particular gathering was sponsored by Ate Mia Saavedra. Together with her family, friends and several other volunteers, the entire group was warmly greeted by the vibrant spirits of the children. The volunteers quickly broke the ice as they introduced themselves one by one, with their favorite colors and animals to boot.
The first order of ‘business’ was a game of Bring-Me-Art. Instead of the traditional Bring-Me, the volunteers and kids, which were grouped into five (5) teams, had to cut out the items being asked for by the game master, Kuya Harvard. With the items coming from sheets of art paper, the game provided a lot more color to the room (and not to mention the floors).
Up next, Kuya Robbie, a partner/ volunteer of U! Happy Events, injected a bit of paper artistry as he taught the kids how to use several sheets of paper to make a domesticated fowl, or more commonly as – a chicken. After a few cuts here, and some dabs of glue there, the kids were waving their paper chickens all around the room. Oh and yes, the volunteers were all in on the paper action too.
And since it seems like you can’t really have enough chickens in a U! event, Ate Dyali from Adarna Publishing then treated the kids to an animated story-telling of Ang Mahiyaing Manok. The kids got to participate too as they shouted tik-tilaok and koko-rokok to lend even more dynamism to the story. But more than the lively narration, the story carried a very appropriate message as it taught the kids about courage and self-confidence regardless of the difficulties in their lives.
After another hearty lunch, Ate Mia then gave each kid a colorful backpack filled with different school supplies. Indeed, the gesture was a memorable send-off for the kids and a great way to conclude the day.
The team of U! Happy Events would like to thank Jesus Loves the Little Children, Ate Mia, her family and friends, as well as the volunteers that day, for making the event possible. The sincerity and warm heartedness in events like this truly exude a love for those that Jesus loves.