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No. 46 • January - June 2008 • Page 146
 •  Initiatives

Manila (Philippines) -- Work camp in Albay

Maynilad Study Center organized a summer work camp in Santo Domingo, Albay, under the auspices of the Foundation for East Asian Development (FEAD). Twenty-four university students helped renovate a school, painting its walls and installing insulation. The students also gave catechism classes as well as tutorials in English and mathematics to children between the ages of 7 and 12.

With the help of some donors they obtained and transported the required materials. The local officials gave the volunteers a warm welcome and facilitated the work project. At the end of the two week activity, the principal of the school and the teachers personally thanked each volunteer for the service provided to the community.

Each day, before beginning work, the volunteers were able to attend Holy Mass at a nearby church. A priest was available for spiritual direction and confession. The chaplain preached on topics related to their project activities, including sanctification of work, a spirit of service, and the importance of formation.

There was also an opportunity to get to know the historical and natural patrimony of Albay, especially the Mayon volcano and the ruins of the Cagsawa Church that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption more than a century ago.

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