How do you kick off a meaningful 2016? For fifteen young people of Avondale College, it’s by taking a mission trip to the Philippines and helping a small community build a playground for the kids of Mangoroco Elementary School in Ajuy, Iloilo.
Through the ADRA Connections Trip program, these college students spent two weeks in our project communities sharing their valuable time and skills for the love of volunteering! The group also lent their helping hands during the distribution of rice subsidy by the Office of the Mayor to the poorest families of this municipality. They also spent some time in an island community called Punta Buri where they gave free blood pressure check-ups for the locals.
“I have always wanted to be part of mission trips so when I got to college and the opportunity arose, I joined this trip to the Philippines. This is such a beautiful country! Media has hyped all the negative news about the Philippines but coming here and spending time in this community, I have gained much appreciation for its beauty and its lovely people.” – Hannah, Avondale College
Next year we hope to continue this wonderful ADRA Connections trip program in other areas of the Philippines. What an awesome time to be young!