By Chelsea Tan
Photo by Profolio Photography
How can one person make a difference? There is a well-known African proverb that will tell you how: “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.” That was the case for Ms. Dee Reyes when she met with Mike Siervo and Abel Pagaling a year ago and they introduced her to Bread Beyond Borders.
BBB is a charity program formed in 2005 by the Lighthouse Missions Society which aims to feed poverty-stricken children in the Philippines and Haiti. They have 23 feeding centers in 10 provinces and have more than 100 volunteers in the Philippines, and have served over 2,000 children in the past. Their goal, moving forward, is to feed 10,000 more in five years.
Prior to being a part of BBB, Reyes had been carrying out random acts of kindness by buying meals for beggar children standing outside of Jollibee, even going as far as letting some needy individuals in the Northeast of Calgary into her car (while in the company of a friend) and driving them to get food. One could say that this show of kindness is rare.
This coming May 2018, Reyes and fellow Bread Beyond Borders colleague, Marietta Pangan, are embarking on a feeding program in the Philippines to feed hundreds of children in impoverished communities. It is unbelievable how abundant and taken-for-granted food is in North America, and yet there are children on the other side of the world who experience hunger on a daily basis.
With the support of the Filipino-Calgarian community, charity based programs like BBB are able to reach out to hundreds of children and their families in the Philippines. Fundraising initiatives are ongoing for this project, with the most recent being the live auction held at the launch of Success Magazine. BBB is also a proud beneficiary of the Mikey Bustos concert which will be held in February 2018, so you can show your support by purchasing tickets.
Next year, the focus of their feeding program will be on the elementary schools and Churches in the slums of Zambales. Together, Reyes, Pangan, and the Bread Beyond Borders volunteers will be distributing school supplies and hygienic supplies like toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps and shampoos to these communities. Another one of their goals is to educate adults to plant and cultivate vegetables in their backyards for a more sustainable impact. If you would like to volunteer, donate, or raise funds in behalf of Bread Beyond Borders, please contact Dee Reyes at 403-397-8157 or email her through firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Holidays!