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AGAPE OUTREACH PILIPINAS

  • By Zelpha Suplemento · DHL - Shared Service Center (Malaysia), APEC

 

Zelpha Suplemento

Main aim of the charity

Agape Outreach Pilipinas is a non-stock, non-profit organization which is involved in Medical mission activities and other related community services. The goal of this organization is to bring spiritual enlightenment and proper health education to certain communities in far-flung places in Philippines. The Medical missions involve medical check-ups, tooth extraction, circumcision and other minor surgeries with free medicines, reading glasses for elderly, school supplies for children and usable clothes. Feeding and food distribution are also done based on the availability of funds. When calamities arise, the charity also gives aid and relief goods to areas affected. One recent incident is that of Taal volcano eruption which happened earlier this year. In doing so, the organization does not only provide help in medical needs but it also serves as a channel of encouragement for these people to live their lives to the fullest. This philosophy is rooted on Proverbs 19:17 “He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will reward him for what he has done,” We are living the name of our mission AGAPE, means unconditional love. We aim to share God's unconditional love to people.

How the employee got involved and why

My sister is a registered pharmacist who is a volunteer in the group. She was the one who introduced it to me. She would normally ask if I can donate or buy things in order to help raise funds. My passion is to share and help so I always practice my life's motto, “It is better to give than to receive”. With this in mind, I asked my sister if I can also be a member and join them whenever I am home, the Philippines. I am currently working in Malaysia so every time I'm back home, I do what I can to join and help on the mission. It has been my passion to help others, especially the less fortunate people. It is because I did not come from a wealthy family so I know how hard life can be. I can relate to people who is in dire need of help. It was on 2017 when I got involved in the group but before this, I and my family organizes feeding programs to the homeless and street children. Even though I do not have so much I always try to lend a helping hand. It is my way to share the blessings and give back to the community.

What work does the employee do for charity?

I am a volunteer for this cause. However, most of the time I just give donation in monetary and kind. The mission is mainly in the Philippines and I live and work in Malaysia. Every time I am back home I make sure to join. We travel long hours to go to remote areas in Philippines, using our own resources. I am normally assigned to register the patients and assist the pharmacists on the needed medicines. I also help pack the relief goods or just lend my hand in any way that I can. The most memorable mission for me is when we went to Marawi. The Battle of Marawi, was a five-month long armed conflict between Philippine government security forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salfi jihadist groups. The battle also became the longest urban battle in the modern history of the Philippines and it was also known around the world. It was right after the war, on Christmas season that we went there. The danger were still very much felt at that time but if you are called with a passion, regardless where the mission field is, you do what you can to help. That moment made me value more about the life I have. It made me appreciate small things I would normally ignore, like freedom and safety. It was an amazing experience that I will not forget.

 
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