Wednesday, December 14, 2011

VYLH Speaks: Testimonials and Anecdotes of Youth Leaders

Compiled by the VYLH-Philippines Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental Chapter.

"VYLH has changed my views about volunteerism. At first, I thought it was a tiring act because one has to do those things for free. But then again, it doesn't really matter whether if you're paid or not. The happiness of the people benefiting from our volunteer works is really heart-warming. It is all worth it. Being a part of VYLH is one of the best experiences of my life. I met new friends across the country and as well as helped those people who needed help." - Renz Marione Bulseco, University of the Philippines Mindanao

How VYLH changed my life? Well, it changed my life in several aspects. I learn to advocate and help to spread information about rare diseases, folic acid awareness and on new born screening. It helped me to gain much self confidence, esp. when i am talking about my advocacy. Lastly, right now as a teacher, it made me realize that my concern to my students will not focus only on the academic aspect but also on their health in which my advocacy on VYLH are involved. - Reyjean Porras, West Visayas State University, Iloilo
There will always be days when I wake up and find myself depressed, feeling like I'm worthless; that there is too much going on in the world and that I'm doing nothing, absolutely nothing to somehow make a difference.  But one day, it dawned upon me that I could not change the world on my own but nonetheless, I can make a difference. I can, in my own little way contribute to the change that I want to see in the world and that is how Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health helped me.  VYLH made me realize that I can't be a superhero and save the world from every bad circumstance that might occur but I can be a "super me" that is devoted to work for a worthy cause.  Indeed, working for Newborn Screening Promotion, Folic Acid Awareness and Care for Rare Orphan Disorders are causes worth waking up in the morning to fight for. - Christine Querubin, Ateneo de Zamboanga University