By Alita Hedoquio – News Contributor
Manila, Philippines – Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation is the newest giving partner of BAG943.
When Anton Mari H. Lim read about the story of BAG943 Founder, Josh Mahinay on Rappler, the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation co-founder immediately contacted Mahinay, then a returning overseas Filipino worker from USA.
“ The story of Josh really inspired me. He is an example of what we hope to see in the future from the kids that we are helping in our communities. Sometimes you question if all that you are doing are making sense, or if it is really making any difference, then you have this young kid who overcame poverty through the generosity of other people, and now is giving back to his root is just very inspiring.”, Lim said.
The two organizations both champion education for the underprivileged.
BAG943 is a social entrepreneurship venture, which operates under a ‘Buy One. Give One’ concept, a mission-driven business that incorporates social responsibility. For every purchase made by its customers, another bag is given to impoverished school children across the Philippines.
Since it launched in July 2012, the company has given over 1700 bags to children in 14 public schools.
On the other hand, YBH sparked social media interest when co-founder Jay Jaboneta posted on Facebook a video that went viral about school kids from a community in Zamboanga who had to swim to go to school. Generous netizens responded with donations and boats were immediately provided. Now, kids from Layag-Layag don’t have to swim anymore to go to school.
Since then, YBH has continued to provide boats in different communities, and even expanded their advocacy to livelihood. To date, YBH has adopted 28 communities and has given over 516 boats nationwide.
The partnership agreement was reached during a meeting held on August 21, 2013.
The partnership is set to commence with a project already scheduled on November 07, 2013 at a YBH community in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay.
“ To be able to give back to your own community is an honor and a privilege. And to partner with YBH who are led by leaders from the same region makes me even more proud. It’s amazing how in a challenged region, heroes are born.”, said Mahinay.
Mahinay is a sibugaynon himself. His family resides in Ipil, Zamboang Sibugay.
BAG943 and YBH are among few organizations in the country that continue to empower communities in need, and inspired many Filipinos to give back in ways possible, big or small.