Earlier this year Buddha Resort hosted the Marzo family. During the the family’s visit they noticed many children, particularly, those playing baseketball, were without shoes. Siargao left a lasting impression on the family. Upon return home, the family, led by senior, Aidan, and joined by his brothers, Jordan and Stephen, began to canvas their school to collected used sneakers and foot ware. Hence the creation of “Save Our Soles”‘ or SOS.
We chose to coordinate the shoe distribution with Siargao’s mobile teacher unit. The mobile teacher unit is funded by the Philippine department of education (depED), depED organize learning groups for youths and young adults who for either academic or financial reasons haven’t been able to stay in the regular school system. Joselito, Mary Ann and Rosbe provide help with connecting with a group of children.
Siargao is made up of 9 towns, and for our initial distribution we chose ‘Consuelo’ which is a subdivision of General Luna town. We asked Mary-Ann if I could be given a list of pupil names and shoe sizes, we were given a handful of paper feet! We hadn’t really considered the children didn’t own a pair of shoes but also had no idea of their shoe size, growing up wearing cheap unlabelled sandals.
Smiles all around!
Mark from Consuelo – 15yrs old, enjoys basketball and volleyball. When he grows up he would like to become a seaman. Parents; truck driver and tailor.
Rosemarie from Consuelo – 14yrs old, enjoys playing volleyball. When she grows up would like to become a teacher. Parents; carpenter and housemaid.
Minutes after receiving the shoes the children were already into a game of basketball!
Consuelo basketball court.