We come from many different countries, cultures, religions, traditions and economic backgrounds yet we have one thing in common. It is the willingness to connect, support and empower those around us in our communities. In serving our neighbors who are facing challenges, we create life-long friendships, and build partnerships with like-minded organizations while enriching our towns and cities for generations to come.
Our Volunteers of the Year for 2017 have been recognized by their fellow Quotarians and Quota International, Inc. for making a difference for women, children and those in need in the areas in which they reside. It is with heartfelt gratitude that we celebrate the individuals amongst us that have inspired us to continue our common journey of shared service.
It is our invitation to you to take a moment to meet these remarkable people. The Volunteer of the Year 2017 section of the quotainternational.org website will direct you to the various Quota International regions where you can read quotes about our 2017 Volunteer of the Year recipients from their teammates.
Congratulations to the Volunteer of Year Award recipients! We thank you for being the common thread that weaves us together in the tapestry of service.
One of the projects of Quota International of Angeles that made an impact to each member was the Feeding and Gift Giving Program for the Aetas or Katutubo children at Katutubo village, in Planas, Porac, Pampanga. When QI of Angeles had a feeding program in this community, the Katutubo school children requested for undies and these were given to them. We also gave the children school supplies, clothes, goodies and groceries. During the feeding program, we noticed that some of the children did not eat their food. They brought home their food packs instead. They said that they will bring it to their younger siblings and to their mothers at home. These touched our hearts. So we gave them extras. They seldom taste what we have served because they cannot afford to. The Aetas are indigenous people wearing g-strings in the mountain. They were relocated after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Their normal lives were affected. They tried to learn and cope up with the way of life on the place where they are now. But the head of the families cannot find regular jobs to support their needs.
They are lucky if government and non-government organization’s come for help or support. And Quota International of Angeles is one of these organizations that continuously giving support to the Katutubo Village through feeding and gift giving programs. Feeding program is a short term help. It is in this condition that the heads of the family are requesting for a long term solution for their livelihood. They resort on going back to what they are used to, planting banana, root crops and papaya. They need seedlings for this. The Quota International of Angeles club will use its prize money to support the livelihood program, the “Katutubo Village: Planting for a Living” to paint smiles to the Aetas children and ensure food for each meal for the whole family.