Below Darrel shares his experience volunteering with Sambat Trust.
I thought going to Laurel Elementary School would only take five minutes. Then I learned from Ms. Zarah that it is a 20-30 minute trike ride from the city proper. I didn’t want to be late as we were expected to be at Laurel at 9AM. Ms. Zarah asked me if I was ready for a ride, to which I replied, “Let’s go!”.
We had a hard time looking for a ride because most of the drivers did not want to go to Laurel- which got me thinking why. After haggling with the tricycle drivers, my question was answered, for it was indeed a ride of a lifetime! From the city proper to barrios, to lines of factories, to rice fields and cornfields, to rough roads, hilly roads and muddy roads and expressways, and finally, to a majestic view of Mt. Makiling, we reached the humble barangay of Laurel.
What really fascinated me during the storytelling were the brightness of the eyes of the kids, even the older ones who were also listening. Every turn of the page, I read aloud to them without showing the picture. They would first imagine the scenes and then anticipate for me to flip the pages and show them the picture; then smile at the illustrations. It was really magical! After I read to them the story, I told them that they were very lucky because they would be able to meet the creator of the story.