Posted: Thu, September 18, 2014 | By: Philippines
by Joy Chu
My name is Joy Chu and I live in San Jose, California. I am 30 years old and working in a Veteran’s Administration hospital in Palo Alto as an ICU nurse.
I grew up in the Philippines. My family is from Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. I studied BSN in University of City of Manila and right after graduation, I went to the USA to be with my family. I came to the USA in 2005 and started to work as a nurse. I went to Los Angeles in 2012 for my Masters in Administration and finished in 2014.
I have been doing an “outreach program” every year since 2011. My first project was a feeding program for malnourished kids and family planning education for family in Bicol. We distributed oatmeal, rice, canned goods and vitamins for the kids of Pasacao, Bicol. We provided them with enough food to last for 6 months.
The following year, I celebrated my birthday by conducting a children’s party that catering 180+ abused, abandoned and mentally ill children of hospicio de san jose in Manila. Again, we have donated rice and other goods for the elderly.
This year my service is for the Mangyans at San Lorenzo Ruiz Academy. I will be personally conducting a dental mission, distributing toothbrushes and toothpaste for everybody. We will also educate the parents on family planning; an OB/GYN friend is joining me on this - we will provide free check ups and consultations for pregnant women. We will also be distributing First Aid kits for the community such as paracetamol and cough syrup, betadine and antibiotic cream.
Additionally, I sent clothes to the abused children of Elsie Gaches village in metro Manila.
I really want to help my native kababayans like the Mangyans and Itas. Because of their location and poor access to government help, they are forgotten.