Bantay Bata 163

A Christmas With Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation

AFI
December 6, 2014

The Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation has been in the Philippines for a decade now, bringing the spirit of Soong Ching Ling the Mother of New China and the wife of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, to help the orphans and the poor children in the Philippines.

 

Nine years ago, a partnership between Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation and Bantay Bata 163 started to give the gift of education to less fortunate children, through the Bantay Edukasyon Scholarship Program.

 

Every year, the foundation celebrates Christmas with their scholars but this year, comes with a twist. The President of PSCLF and Chairman and CEO of SL Agritech, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, came up with an idea of doing the Rice Bucket Challenge which he pioneered, during the Bantay Bata 163’s Christmas party.

 Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation and SL Agritech doing the Rice Bucket Challenge in Bantay Edukasyon Christmas Party

 

Dr. Bon Liong beams, “Last September, I started my own rice bucket challenge. And then, I mandated upon myself na every year beginning every September, I’ll donate five buckets of rice to 5,000 poor families. Ever since nung mga bata pa kami, tinuro ng mother ko, the more you give the more you receive.”

 

The buckets and packs of rice given to the families were no plain rice. Instead, they were the so-called brown rice which has more vitamins and healthier which is needed by the scholars to be more productive in school.

 

One of the scholars of PSCLF, Shantal Calderon who is now a high school student, aims to help other children like her when she finishes her studies. “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyo po, Bantay Bata, at sa mga sponsors kasi po yung mga simpleng katulad po naming mga kabataan, natutulungan niyo po. Maliit man po o malaking bagay, nakakatulong po ito sa buhay namin para po makapag-aral kami. ‘Pag natapos kami, nagpapasalamat po ako tas po ibabalik po namin ng sobra sobra po ito sa inyo.”

 

“I am very thankful to Bantay Bata and its sponsors because for a simple child like me, you were able to help us, whether it is a big thing or a small thing. When time comes that we are able to finish our studies, we will surely pay it forward.”

 

Through partnerships of Bantay Bata 163 with different organizations like the Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation, a better world can be done for the children.