Box of Hope brings light to Philippines children

Box of Hope brings light to Philippines children

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Asia-Pacific Region Church of the Nazarene
| 14 Mar 2024
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AP BOX OF HOPE

The Box of Hope Initiative celebrated its 10th anniversary on 20 February 2024 by blessing children from various areas in Mindanao, Philippines. The celebration occurred in Libandayan, a hinterland barangay (neighborhood) in the heart of Iligan City. The Nazarios Child Development Foundation (NCDF) and the Iligan Church of the Nazarene organized the gift-giving event.

In 2014, Leody Echavez III (now regional Nazarene Compassionate Ministries coordinator) began his journey as a field volunteer in Zamboanga City. During this time, he witnessed the profound impact of war on internally displaced children. Together with his local team, fueled by a desire to bring happiness and joy to these young souls, Echavez initiated the Box of Hope project. Over the past ten years, this initiative has become a beacon of light for countless children in Mindanao.

The essence of the Box of Hope initiative lies in carefully packed boxes filled with new toys, clothes, school items, hygiene kits, and other essentials. Donors and sponsors eagerly adopt one or more children, committing to brightening their lives with thoughtful gifts. This annual initiative has already made a significant impact, distributing nearly 2,000 boxes to various areas in Mindanao.

This year’s Box of Hope beneficiaries were predominantly tribal children studying at Libandayan Elementary School. Despite the lack of facilities, the school’s teachers have remained passionate about providing quality education to their students. The gift-giving event was a heartwarming spectacle, with some students from NCDF and their parents, members of the Church of the Nazarene, and Mindanao West District Superintendent Dan Balayo, who also serves as the Holistic Child Development coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Region, all coming together to spread love and joy.

The selection of Libandayan as the beneficiary community stemmed from the Iligan church’s community work in partnership with the Sikyop Agricultural Cooperative and Libandayan Farm for coffee advocacy and farming.

The community expressed deep gratitude for the Box of Hope initiative, acknowledging the blessings it brought to their children. Community members were excited as they learned about the ongoing conversation between the local church and its partners for follow-through in child development, education, protection, and community engagement.

As the Box of Hope Initiative marks a decade of spreading joy, its impact resonates far beyond the contents of the gift boxes. It symbolizes a community coming together to uplift the spirits of its most vulnerable members, fostering a sense of hope, solidarity, sustainability, and optimism for the future.

A small vision started amid conflict has grown into a testament to the local church’s power of compassion and collective action.

--Church of the Nazarene Asia-Pacific

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