The “Mad Foxes” of Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5), who arrived at Clark Air Base, Philippines less than a month ago, used their off-duty time to seek out and help children in need during a Community Relations (COMREL) project at a local orphanage, April 26.
Tagalog speaking members of VP-5 contacted the Munting Tahanan Ng Nazareth Orphanage, a home for poor, abandoned, surrendered, handicapped and special needs children.
The orphanage, who receive no financial aid from the government and rely completely on donations, said anything provided would be gladly accepted. This prompted VP-5 members to pool their money together and raise 41,000 Philippine pesos equating to about $800.
The event coordinators then used this money to purchase supplies such as non-perishable foods, hygiene products, school supplies and recreational equipment for the children.
On the morning of April 27, the Mad Foxes and Mobile Tactical Operations Center (MTOC-3) delivered the supplies to the orphanage. The amount of food provided to the orphanage was enough to last the children approximately two months.
This donation came at a crucial time due to the upcoming rainy season, during which, supplies are usually limited.
Upon arrival, the team learned the orphanage is in fact home for two different groups of children. The first group was girls who come from abusive homes, and the second was for children who suffer from either cerebral palsy or an intellectual disability and often were abandoned as infants or young children.
“Seeing these kids was an incredibly humbling experience, and I am immensely proud of our team for what we accomplished in such a short time,” said Lt. j.g. Sarah Amorio, one of the event coordinators. “I hope this effort will set a precedence for future detachments to give back to the community that so warmly supports us here.”
After the delivery, the volunteers helped serve food and even sang with the children.
“It was an incredible experience to be able to interact with the boys and girls at the orphanage,” said Chief Petty Officer Joshua Stevens. “I was especially proud of how well our team came together and rallied behind the idea of helping to support the amazing staff and children.”
A standard day at the orphanage consists of breakfast, 6 A.M., songs or cleaning during the morning, lunch, 10:30 A.M., personal time, 11:00 A.M., nap time from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M., and dinner at 4:00 P.M..
Children also receive a simple spa day in which their hands and feet are washed and at times painted, which simultaneously helps improve their motor skills.
For future operations, the Mad Foxes hope to provide nail polish and inexpensive spa care products for the mission workers who work throughout the day.
Rhea Morales, the point-of-contact for the orphanage, has expressed interest in future COMREL opportunities with the squadron and stated that VP–5 and MTOC-3 made a tremendous and lasting impact at the orphanage and their efforts there will continue to resonate in the coming months.
|Date Posted:||05.12.2019 05:31|
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