“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”– Mother Teresa.
Anniversaries are celebrations. They mark a special event in somebody’s life. As for our batch, Batch 2007 of ESNCHS we marked our 10th year anniversary this year, so it has been 10 years since we left high school and embarked on our individual and varied career paths. So this might call for a celebration right?
As we celebrate ten years of friendship and camaraderie, we took a step higher and organized a mission, Operation Tuli, last April 29, 2017 at Barangay Surok, Borongan City, Eastern Samar, Philippines. To address the health needs of our community we opted to push for this project, giving free circumcision services to some of the kids and providing them with free medicines and vitamins.
So let me first enumerate some of the benefits of circumcision. According to WebMD circumcision decreases the risks of Urinary tract infections, reduces the risks of some sexually transmitted diseases in men, protects men from penile cancer, reduces the risks of cervical cancer in female sex partners, and prevents balanitis or infection of the glans and balanoposthitis or inflammation of the glans and foreskin.
With 11 volunteers from the organizing batch, together with the barangay health workers and barangay officials, the event proved to be a success, with a total of 35 kids successfully circumcised and 8 who were deferred. Simultaneously health teachings were also imparted every after operation which included topics about hygiene, sanitation, and compliance to medications. Free medicines were also given along with some vitamins and ice cream.
So in behalf of the organizing team I am very much thankful to the people who one way or another was vital to the success of our batch project. To all the donors and sponsors, to the barangay officials headed by the barangay captain, to the health workers and of course to the volunteers and the team, we really need more people like you. If we continue to help others, then there is still hope that we can still make this world a better place.
So let me quote what Thomas Carlyle said, “He who has health has hope, and He who has hope has everything”!