Writer: Tara T.
Visual: Somya D.
Editor: Joaquin P.
COVID-19 has been a burden to communities globally and has greatly affected the Philippines. ISM has been active in the relief efforts of coronavirus through service clubs and donations. As a community, ISM students and staff members have been raising donations to help organisations and neighborhoods in the Philippines. This includes medical centers greatly affected by the pandemic.
Firstly, to raise money for medical supplies, ISM student Yana started a project, “Art for Med”, to help the frontliners as well as vulnerable communities that are less economically developed such as Tondo. Art students created artworks for sale, in which the money directly goes to the Disaster Relief (COVID) Fund, as well as to support some of ISM’s service partners. To date, Art for Med has raised 160,000 pesos, surpassing their initial goal of P50,000 by more than triple. On the other hand, Silvana collected cards for the frontline doctors and medical staff in the RITM hospital. Lastly, Martin, from the DT club, led an effort to create 3D printed face shields to donate to the Philippine General Hospital.
Generally, all student club leaders have met with the Service Learning Council (SLC) and ISSBA to agree to donate a minimum of 10% of their club funds to the Disaster Relief Fund. This will be distributed towards the needs of ISM service partners. Through the Disaster Relief Fund, the ISM community has donated $3000 to UNICEF to help with efforts in the Philippines. Furthermore,
$1000 has been donated to Papaya Academy. Organizations such as SPECS, Project Pearl, and Upskills Foundation have also received $500 each.
However, contractual workers have also been impacted greatly by this pandemic because contractual companies cannot pay these workers due to the lack of income. These contractual workers include the maintenance staff who are valuable members of the ISM community, but are employed through an external contractual company. Therefore, SLC wishes to raise enough money to pay their wages during this difficult period.
All the Service Clubs in ISM have many projects and fundraisers coming in the near future; therefore, as members of the ISM community, we must contribute as much as we can and support these organizations through acts of service. The ISM community has proven strength and resilience during this difficult period through unity and service.