Together We Can Stop Diabetes!

Together We Can Stop Diabetes!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Everyday from Monday to Friday, Mary Jane (Grade 7) walks an average of 10 kilometers from the Sto. Rosario National High School to her home in Ilog Baliwag to have lunch and back.

There times when she fails to return to school after lunch, because the sun is too hot, it's raining hard, or she's simply just too tired.

Princess Janine (Grade 7) and Kristine (Grade 9) walk almost the same mileage to their homes in Gen. Luna, for the same reasons, with the same consequences.

There are other names: Joanna May, Paul Ryan, John Ray, Erica, Michelle, Loraine, Pepito.

What they share in common is they belong to poor families, too poor that they can't afford to buy their lunch near the school, too poor to be able to bring a decent lunch from home.

Their biggest chance of escaping poverty is to get to school and finish it and yet, the same poverty keeps them from attending their classes.

HL Maricel Pascual teaches at the Sto. Rosario National High School.

She strongly feels that somethings should be done to help at least these 10 students, and  she called for help.

The Craft heard her, and Model Lodge, Model Court, and the Munoz Bodies of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites immediately responded by pooling money to buy lunch for the students for the duration of the school year.

Thus was the story behind the "Lunch Mo, Sagot Ko" project that was launched to provide a decent lunch every school day for the rest of the school year to these students and help ensure that they stay in school. 

It was a low key event, not for the usual photo ops but rather an assurance to the students that they have big brothers and sisters who feel their needs and can depend on.

For members of the Craft in attendance, it was a commitment and an opportunity for giving back to communities and people in need, and giving poor students a better chance of winning their battle against poverty and having a better future.

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