Tulong Eskwela 2017

By Seyra Rico - 9:29 PM

Every year, GABRIELA Youth goes to an area and distributes school and sanitary supplies to women and children. I have been involved in this activity since 2014, and on the first week of June 2017, we went to Tondo. We actually had a similar drive here in 2014 but in a different area. During the summer, Gabriela Youth members conducted literacy programs and learned the experiences of the people living there. We learned about the serious health threats they were experiencing because of coal production, how people peel garlic for restaurants (PhP25 per sack!), how women and girls are more susceptible to sexual harassment and rape because they bathe in public, and how they practice open defecation. Not to mention the whole place is strewn with garbage. Styrofoam, straws, plastics, and all other wastes you can think of. The smell was horrible, but we were advised not to wear face masks as to not offend the local residents.


This happened when I was going through a tough time (for the first time?) since I have never had a really difficult problem, but being active in the mass movement really puts things in perspective. No time to mourn! It makes me angry that people have to beg for social services. Why would you beg for something that should be given to you? The government has the mandate to take care of its people, it should never be the profit-driven house of reptiles as it is now.

If you want to know more, please check out Gabriela Youth's Facebook page. And join!  
Gabriela Youth back to school drive


Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive


Gabriela Youth back to school drive

Gabriela Youth back to school drive

Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive

Gabriela Youth back to school drive
Gabriela Youth back to school drive


Gabriela Youth back to school drive

Gabriela Youth back to school drive

Gabriela Youth back to school drive

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