After the horrible fire they experienced in 2016, the Bethesda Orphanage and School Dormitory continues to seek help for the needs of their children. With a heart to serve, a group of people headed by the Seguin Family, with the support of the FIBA-Filipino Basketball Association FW Texas, Seguin-Galvez Dental Clinic, Mr. & Mrs. Seguin-Casayuran, Mr. & Mrs. Raquel Domingo, Alma Festin, Mabel Picardo, Christina Bernardo, Arlene Conferido, Krissha De Guzman, Maricon Walker, Marie Grace Paguirigan, Paul Yasukochi, Mr. & Mrs. Genevieve Mitre, Mr. & Mrs. Cheng Costes, Ayel Costes, Bann Tejares, Rey Sembrano, Dr. Claire Imbisan, Dr. Rose, Dr. Laura, Dr. Nora, Dr. Jenny Cabrera, Dr. Camdas, GlaxoSmithKline, and the University of Baguio-School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management, family and friends joined hands to wholeheartedly reach out to the staff and children of the orphanage to help the community in any way they could. With a month-long preparation, the group finally came up with a project and gathered enough donations for the orphanage.
The location of the orphanage is not along the highway so it may be one of the reasons that it is easily accessible. At the start of the day, the children performed their praises and dances and showed off their talents for everyone to see. You could see the smile on their faces and the happiness they have inside of them regardless of the circumstances.
The family invited medical to do a general check-up on both children and teenagers. Dentists did tooth extraction. Medical, food and school supplies were given, such as vitamins, medicines, boxes of canned goods, numerous sacks of rice, papers, pencils, notebooks, toiletries and clothes. The University of Baguio School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management also took part in the said activities. Along with the donations, the student leaders along with their Student Body Adviser, Ms. Joan S. Florague, facilitated fun games and activities for both young and old alike and prizes were given to the winners.
As a whole, one could see how the family, friends and students sincerely committed themselves to their cause and the joy they had to see both the children and staff of the Bethesda Children’s home ecstatic. May there be more generous and kind individuals to reach out to these children.
By Lyka Angela C. Yao