Philippines

Volunteers bring cheers to abandoned children

November 2012 │ Philippines

Now in their second year of outreach initiatives, some 24 volunteers from the Global Business Services (GBS) Financial Control team in Philippines recently visited a centre ran by Virlanie Foundation Inc. which cares for abandoned, neglected, orphaned, and physically abused children.

This time, the volunteers decided to visit the Foundation’s Marco Polo Care Centre (MPCC) in Makati City for a half-day of fun and bonding with the children.  MPCC serves as a temporary shelter for children coming directly from the street and/or those referred by agencies or individuals.  From MPCC, they return to their families, integrate into other Virlanie homes, are adopted or transferred to another agency.



 As well as the budget that was made available to them for fostering and celebrating successes, the Financial Control-Socials working group  received generous cash donations from the whole team to gather enough funds for food and tokens for  the children.  Two boxes that were stationed for two weeks in the team’s work area were also filled up with toys, clothes and other goodies for the foundation.



The half-day visit kicked off with the Deutsche Bank volunteers sprucing up the centre and having breakfast with the children.  The volunteers were then paired with the children and spent the rest of the time doing artworks and participating in various parlour games.



After lunch, the volunteers gave out awards to the various winners of the games.  They also distributed the tokens, which included new sets of slippers, shirts and loot bags to the children who were all very excited to receive them.  Donations of toiletries, groceries, clothes and school supplies were also turned over to the Virlanie representatives.


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