The Gift Of Giving

“Nothing else in all life is such a maker of joy and cheer as the privilege of doing good.” — James Russell Miller

As the year comes to an end, we joyously celebrate the holidays with our families and shower them with love and spend meaningful moments with those we hold dear. There is no greater joy than bringing happiness to others, especially those we love.

Through our daily grind, we may tend to forget about others who are underprivileged or those that may not have the same opportunities as we do. MyOutDesk has always made it a point to extend the movement beyond its family members and share their blessings with those in need.

In the Philippines, there are many people in difficult situations, simply trying to make it through each day. One of the countries’ indigenous peoples called the Aeta, are some of them.

The Aeta are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of the Philippines. Aetas are considered as the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, preceding the Austronesian migrations. They are nomadic and build only temporary shelters. (Click here for more information about the Aeta people)

Rapid urbanization has turned tiny Aeta forest settlements north of Manila into virtual islands, their nomadic lifestyle shut down as the deer, warthog, and jungle fowl they hunt for food are extirpated. Currently there are an estimated 35,000 displaced Aetas living in shelters or small communities struggling to assimilate into the “modern” world and adapt to a new lifestyle that the new age has brought about.

Last December 18th, 2017, MyOutDesk held an outreach program to spend time with some of the Aeta people, share in their culture and bring them some much needed supplies. Headed by MyOutDesk’s CEO, Daniel Ramsey, some of our Virtual Professionals made the trip to Porac Pampanga, a few hours’ drive from the nation’s capital.

 Upon their arrival, MyOutDesk volunteers were immediately greeted with gifts. These are papayas picked from the community’s trees.

Upon their arrival, MyOutDesk volunteers were immediately
greeted with gifts. These are papayas picked from the community’s trees.

                                                                       All Smiles!

                                                                      All Smiles!

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 Canned goods, snacks, toiletries, flip-flops, water containers, pails/buckets, blankets, pillows, clothes, school supplies, flashlights and batteries. These are some of the supplies that were distributed to the natives because these are the things that they said they needed the most.

Canned goods, snacks, toiletries, flip-flops, water containers, pails/buckets,
blankets, pillows, clothes, school supplies, flashlights and batteries.
These are some of the supplies that were distributed to the natives
because these are the things that they said they needed the most.

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 Showing off their talents, some of the Aetas pulled out their guitars while others danced.

Showing off their talents, some of the Aetas pulled out their guitars while others danced.

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While those involved in the outreach sought to help the Aetas out, they brought home so much more than they bargained for, hearts full of joy and gratitude, there truly is no gift like giving.

Not just a business but a company with a heart, this is what MyOutDesk aims to be be. To have a purpose that serves the greater good and to stand for more than just revenue and gain.

If you wish to be part of this movement in any way, please feel free to contact us.

(Photo Credits to Anna Sarrie Millarez, Ted Mariano, Karen Gopez and Arbee Tolentino)

(originally published on December 26, 2017)

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