IHHELPP president Rene Doria and VP for Communications Jean Doria visited Cristo Rey High School in Capas, Tarlac, Philippines last March 15 to meet with school principal Arlene P. Apostol, senior high school focal person Elizabeth Estabillo, and the Cristo Rey IHHELPP team.
The meeting was meant to establish an official partnership between IHHELPP and Cristo Rey High School.
“I am grateful that Rene and Jean personally came to offer help,” said Arlene P. Apostol, principal of Cristo Rey High School. “I am proud of the students who wrote for IHHELPP.”
“Cristo Rey High School (CRHS) is indeed blessed to have this once in a lifetime opportunity to partner with an international non-profit like IHHELPP.” Elizabeth Estabillo commented.
Student-writers from Cristo Rey High School led by Brigham Young University Alumnus Kit A. Nadado have been managing and writing for IHHELPP’s blog and newsletters in the past seven months.
In return, IHHELPP has sponsored classrooms in the said school.
“I am impressed with your articles. Such amazing work!” Jean Doria told the students. “Never stop writing. Writing is a critical ability that creates change. It could be the stepping stone to achieve your dreams.”
Rene and Jean Doria also spoke to the seniors from the Information and Communication Technology major who are recipients of IHHELPP’s first classroom sponsorship.
“Being underprivileged is not a hindrance to achieve your goals,” said Rene Doria. “When you graduate college, we will help you. If you need help, we will be here.”
“I feel blessed and inspired that they chose our school and our classroom to sponsor,” said Audrey Galindo, an Information and Computer Technology major. “Their message will stay in my heart.”
It is better to give than to receive. This principle guides IHHELPP’s actions as it continues to seek ways to assist the needy in the Philippines.
Danica Gines and Mark Reyes are grade 11 volunteer writers from Cristo Rey High School.