“THE GREATEST HAPPINESS COMES FROM MAKING SOMEONE ELSE HAPPY!”
It is a known fact that many people are suffering all over the world, and that there will always be a need to spread hope and joy into the lives of these people. Over the years, Rise Above has found many ways to do just that. Kids love action so some of the ways to cheer them up is through acting as clowns, performing with a puppet show, sharing food, goods and cash Christmas gifts to poor families as well as bringing medicine to children with life threatening diseases in hospitals.
Children all over the world, who suffer, need encouragement! Having seen clowns performing and hearing the laughter of the children gave us the idea that we could also become clowns. We sewed colourful costumes, bought face paint, went for training to make balloon animals and jumped into the role of being happy clowns.
Since 1998, this has been a wonderful way of bringing out the smiles on kids faces even in the most difficult and trying situations, and has brought us countless good memories! To be happy yourself, you first do your part to spread happiness to others, and in turn it comes back to you and fills you with joy unspeakable.
The “Puppet Parade” is the name of our puppet show. We use it on many occasions for the encouragement of the poor in hospitals and institutions, as well as for entertainment during Dental Missions and the Tooth Brushing Program.
Since Christmas 2007, teams from Rise Above have gone to slum areas in Cebu City, distributing Christmas gifts or donations to impoverished families. In places like this, many children are malnourished because often one or both parents are unemployed.
We have contacted our friends in Cebu and Denmark asking if they would help ”make a difference to a poor family at Christmas” and if they could give the equivalent of US$100 each so we could give this amount as a Christmas gifts to these needy families. 12 families responded the first year, and we have repeated the success every year since then with more and more families deciding to help the poorest of the poor in Cebu at Christmas time.
The gifts have brought great joy and have given needy families a break from their eternal struggle. Christmas has now become a Season to be celebrated for them and they have had money for food and gifts for their children. How significant it became for them as Christmas truly is a celebration of love, giving and sharing –just like God gave Jesus as a love gift to all of us. We would like to thank everyone who have supported us in this project and we hope that you and your family this Christmas Season would also want to give of your abundance and spread a little joy to the poor in Cebu.
RENOVATION OF WARD 7 (PEDIATRICS WARD) AT VICENTE SOTTO MEDICAL MEMORIAL CENTER
For years we at the Rise Above have visited children at the ward, cheering them up through puppet and clown performances, bringing food and toys. Our dear friend, Stine from Norway, is a nurse, and she asked her friends in Norway to donate toward paint and fans for the children’s ward. What a difference it made!
MR. AND MRS. SANTA
Christmas is a time when everyone expects to receive gifts, and for that occasion, we are asked to make an event special, performing as Mr. and Mrs. Santa. It never fails to make the children feel special.
- Storytelling at Christmas
- Cheering up cancer children
- Mr. and Mrs. Santa
HANDICAPPED BROTHER AND SISTER RECEIVES HELP
Dennis and Marites are handicapped brother and sister who, because of poverty have lived a life of struggle. They started in school when they were 11 and 12 years old, and finished their high school when they were in their mid twenties. They have fought and won against people who said it couldn’t be done. Through the years we have written many stories about them, and you can read it here: