I Am Making A Difference volunteers and participants are hosting their first comeback, an in-person community engagement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
AFTER more than two years of lockdowns, quarantines and social isolation, the non-profit group I Am Making A Difference (MAD) has relaunched its award-winning flagship program, called “MAD Camp”, with its first comeback, an engagement face to face community recently held at Tampayan Primary School in Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island, Romblon.
Awarded as one of the ten accomplished youth organizations in 2016 for culture and the arts, peace and human development, I Am MAD has regularly organized a MAD camp in key areas of the country. The community outreach program brought together volunteers to lead values education activities and engage schoolchildren aged 10 to 12 in games, team building, storytelling and workshops. These activities were designed to promote the positive traits of Filipinos, inspiring them to see themselves as dreamers and future leaders with a heart for service.
“The past few years have overwhelmed most of us, leaving some feeling isolated and feeling cabin fever. We strongly believe that volunteering and getting together physically can help break the spell, and I Am MAD has always been open to anyone who wants to serve others,” said Maco Ravanzo, co-founder and volunteer CEO of I Am MAD.
“With so much in the world that seems beyond our control, giving back to our local communities in even the smallest of ways can be hugely empowering,” Ravanzo added.
A lot has changed because of the pandemic, including meeting minimum public health standards, but not the importance of community engagement.