March 20, 2010
Manila Zoo, City of Manila
Mr. John Chua, Bien Mateo and Ms. Bernie Paras Gan
This is my second visit in Manila Zoo, and my first was when I was only 9 years old. Back then, it’s a feeling of excitement to see and experience the animal kingdom, but now – it is much even more than what my eyes can see, but what my heart can feel, a heart to utter encouraging words, and speak the beauty of God’s given creatures. A heart to touch and bridge to build trust. A heart to listen, for their joys and warm appreciation. And foremost, a thankful heart to be their “eyes” in this precious bonding moments.
The event was very touching and a real eye opener for everyone who still have their clear sight. The goal is to build awareness about blindness, capture each joyful moments with the kids, and experience Love. It’s overwhelming…magical…spontaneous…fulfilling.
I am “Connecting the Light”
For what my eyes can see and what this precious kids can believe and imagine.
The Light that falls unto their beautiful faces, capturing an image of joy, a lovely scene – to enlighten others.
Bringing a light of encouragement, to their family members and support groups – awareness and acceptance.
To help promote the right of blind people to live a life of dignity – a messenger of respect.
Capture the Light, Be the Light, Connecting the Light for Blind People of the Philippines.
Salute to the Committee and Organizers! especially to Mr. John Chua and Ms. Bernie Paras Gan
Facts about Blindness in the Philippines:
Hidden among the 85 million people and the 7100 islands of the Philippines, are an estimated half a million people who are blind, and many more who are visually impaired to a lesser degree.
By far, the leading cause of blindness among adults in the Philippines is cataract, accounting for around 400,000 cases. The treatment for cataract is simple and effective but is not readily available or affordable for those living in the rural areas.
Perhaps up to one hundred children lose their sight every week in the Philippines. Almost half of these cases are either treatable or preventable. Poor nutrition, measles, and premature birth are among the leading causes of preventable blindness in children. Early detection and treatment are the keys to saving the sight of these children. (from Resources for the Blind Inc.)
About Resources for the Blind Inc.
A non-government Christian organization serving blind people all over the Philippines since 1988. They offer services, trainings, materials, and equipment needed for the blind people to reach their fullest potential in life. With over half a million visually impaired in the Philippines, they continue to reach out to those who are in need of their services. The organization aims to turn darkness into light for thousands of our blind friends in every corner of the country.
Mailing Address: Box 1831 CPO Manila 1099
Telephone Numbers: (632)7263021 to 24
Telefax: (632) 7270077
Toll free calls from outside of Metro Manila: 1-800-10-725-4637
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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