So in my previous post I wrote that I’m going back to Davao, Philippines, early in March next year to teach Aikido at a seminar hosted by my good friend Simon Cruz and his students over at SNC Southern Mindanao Aikido. Like the first time, the seminar 2018 will also be an event to help raise money for a charity – you just have to show up and pay the seminar fee. The excellent aikido is a great bonus! – Last time it was House of Hope (read about it here). This time around the seminar will benefit the organisation Bantay Bata 163.
In short: Bantay Bata 163 offers several services and programs, for example a hotline – you just dial 163 – where anyone can report cases where children are in situation of crisis or imminent danger/risk of exposure of trafficking, sexual or physical abuse, and/or other forms of serious neglect. The organization can act on the information they receive and arrange for rescue operation whereby children are removed from danger and placed in a safe environment. They also provide families with legal assistance, home visits, counceling and family service as well as community outreach services. Here is a Wikipedia link where you can more about their history and amazing work.
Basically it’s about helping children who have had, or are at the risk of having their innocent lives destroyed. Children who have been exposed of, or in the risk of being involved with, trafficking, sexual abuse, neglect and… other unimaginable things. Unfortunately, as hard as it is to believe but the fact is more and more children are exposed to these things and therefore an increasing amount of help is needed.
If you live in Sweden and read this you might realize that it is the very same theme as this year’s Musikhjälpen, and if you, like I did, felt very emotional about these things and want to help some more, then you have a chance now.
That goes for all of you who read this around the world. Last time so many of you around the world really pulled through – you helped me deliver a whopping 30000 PHP to House of Hope! – and I would love to feel that love again this time.
This is what you can do! Like last time I have a designated PayPal account where you will be able to donate however much or little you feel like into. All of your contributions will be added to the money brought in during the seminar and delivered by me, and my friend and local host Simon Cruz, to the representative of Bantay Bata 163 in Davao at the conclusion of the seminar.
You simply click on the PayPal button below and follow the instructions on the page you are directed to. It should work for the whole world. You have the option to add a small message to the donation and that would be appreciated.There is no minimum amount and every single donation will make a difference.
If you don’t have a PayPal account the link above will help you to set one up for free, or you will have the option of just using your credit card directly. Please let me know if something isn’t working.
Being able to do something… anything… for children going through things they absolutely should never have to means the world to me, as I’m sure it does to all of you.
Let’s make difference together!
Photo: From the author’s last visit when we helped the Children of Hope at the House of Hope.