Help Fund Lulu's Mission Trip to the Philippines!
Organized by: Lulu Sapigao
EVENT DATE Jun 30, 2016
Hi family and friends!
I recently got accepted to the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN)'s annual summer mission trip to the Philippines! KBKN's vision is to "advocate for systemic changes that prioritize the protection of people's lives and livelihood in relationship to their environment." We will be providing long term rehabilition and integrating with those most affected by natural disasters.
It is through my time in higher education that I have grown into what it means to be Filipino-American. Before coming to college, I had very little connection to our heritage and culture. My limited interactions came in form of family parties and conversations with my Lolo and Lola. During my freshman year, I joined the Filipino American Student Association (FASA). This experience has connected me to Filipinos all over the pacific northwest, ultimately leading me to Anakbayan Seattle!
My roots in social justice trace back to my involvement with the United Methodist Church. Raised in the UMC, social justice was never a choice, it was just the way we live life. During summer 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines for the first time for my church’s global youth convocation. This time around, I am excited to be on the ground integrating with the people, and learning from them firsthand.
I believe all these experiences have prepared me for my trip this summer. Thank you for your support!
More about KBKN:
The Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (“Youth Link Arms”) is a national Filipino-American national youth and student network that was formed in response to Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippine on Nov 8, 2013. It was formed on January 8, 2014, two months after the typhoon made landfall. Ever since, KBKN has been at the forefront of raising resources as well as awareness about the situation of frontline communities in the Philippines.
The goals of the network are 1) educate, organize, and mobilize around issues of environmental justice by advocating for grassroots, long-term and sustainable solutions in the Philippines to address issues affecting frontline communities, 2) coordinate and sustain relief and rehabilitation efforts made by Filipino-American youth and student organizations in the U.S. and ensure that donations are coursed through grassroots efforts in the Philippines, 3) mobilize the broadest number of youth and student volunteers to go on mission trips to the Philippines to directly participate in grassroots efforts creating a culture of solidarity and support.