Volunteering on a Black Saturday

Part of its mission to inspire and initiate leadership opportunities for its members, Children International Manila Alumni Association (CIMAA) regularly conducts community service project. This year on a Black Saturday, eight members of CIMAA (including our family and with a guest volunteer) helped build an earth dome for the Dumagat (indigenous community) in the mountains of Angat in Norzagaray, Bulacan. The said earth dome is part of an experimental project for the possible ecotourism project of the Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society together with the Dumagat in the community.

Under the scorching heat of the sun and the strong wind in the area, the group took part in pounding hard soil, building soil bricks and yes putting them all together for the walls of the dome. At the end of the day, we only accomplished about 42 bricks, that of course with the help from the community.

For Kuya Anthony Fernandez, CIMAA vice-president, the most memorable part of the activity is the time when they have to go to the forest and get some water from a pond. It was physically challenging for them because they have to walk uphill to bring the water in the work area.

Here are some photos of our activity and the beautiful sceneries around the area.

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“CIMAA’s activity for today was undoubtedly tiring, but fulfilling and full of fun as we took part of Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society’s advocacy on the development and promotion of the cultural integrity of the Dumagats by helping the organization and the Dumagats themselves create bricks out of mud and grass, used in building a clay dome. I hope we will be able to participate in this cause again and witness how this program materializes.”

— Melvin Yubal, CIMAA member

For more details about CIMAA, visit our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/goCIMAA/

 

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