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EDITORIAL: Thank you!

A constant source of pride in our community is the remarkable energy and enthusiasm of many Filipino American organizations committed to helping our kababayans back home. This generous spirit is profoundly expressed in concrete action not only during times of natural disasters but throughout the year.           

Among the notable ones are the medical missions by organizations like the Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan DC, and the Medical Mission of Mercy USA (MMOM). MMOM is known for bringing volunteer health professionals to various places in the Philippines where the need for medical care is greatest. Since its founding in 2001, MMOM has provided valuable health care services and supplies to thousands of people in the provinces.         

There are many other organizations that are doing equally commendable charity and humanitarian work. They include building classrooms, sending books, funding scholarships as well as providing education through wellness seminars and health workshops. While raising funds to support these projects are common activities, it’s the onsite visits and personal interactions that have made a difference.          

Feed the Hungry, Inc., which marks its 25th anniversary this year, exemplifies this approach when it was founded in 1993. Wholly driven by volunteers who give their time and money in these mission trips to the Philippines, this gift-giving and feeding project has expanded its mission over the years. Today, its numerous projects include nutrition training, scholarships and books, classroom building and water systems, orphanages, homes for the aged, livelihood and calamity relief and emergency medical assistance. We congratulate Feed the Hungry, Inc. on this historic milestone        

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we thank all these organizations for their tremendous efforts in alleviating poverty, improving the economic conditions of the poor, and for making a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and families in the Philippines. More power to all your endeavors.

 

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