Revisiting Cottolengo

“Non nobis solum nati sumus. (Not for ourselves alone are we born.)” 

 Cicero


Last Sunday, I had the chance to revisit Cottolengo Filipino, an institution that serves the poor,abandoned, neglected person with disabilities. It's actually my 3rd time to visit this place. 


I can still vividly remember how heart-breaking it was to see the plight of the children here when I first visited the place three years ago. Children in wheelchair with frail physique; children who were blind with mental delay; some with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, microcephaly and hydrocephaly; some can't talk- all of them abandoned. Mabigat sa dibdib talaga.



Last Sunday, I caught myself experiencing the same emotions I felt the first time I stepped into the place. Nalungkot ako dahil sa kalagayan nila pero masaya na din sa kabilang banda dahil hindi na nila pagdadaanan pa ang mga hamon ng magulong mundo na ito.

I stopped in silence and uttered a short prayer of gratitude. Gratitude because the faces of the Cottolengo kids once again proved that God has given me a much lighter burden to carry.

Too many times, we complain about the food on our plate- and these kids can't even eat on their own.
Too many times, we complain on the office or school work- these kids can't even stand on their own or understand and utter a word.

Truly, there are so many things to be grateful for. These kids who have been stripped of liberty, of mind, of will- have shown us smiling faces. One particular child was even hugging everyone he comes across- like telling us 'Hey, Im here!' His hug transported me to a genuine love from someone who is a stranger to me. 



It was a only a short visit last Sunday but the smile and the laugh and the overwhelming happiness these kids gave me will surely last a lifetime. And yes, I hope to visit again soon. :) 


Here's a short video I made using my phone: 



These kids need your help!

Help can be offered in kind:
Visit them at : Gloria Vista subdivision, Brgy San Rafael, Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal 
Tel. (02)942-3013
Email: cottolengofdp@yahoo.com.ph

Facebook

Or donate cash:
BPI Commonwealth Branch
Account name: Cottolengo Filipino Inc. Account number: 0421-0210-66


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About Allan Bough

Allan works full time as a Recruitment Head for an IT Solutions company in Makati and juggles blogging along side. He’s fond of travelling, a certified beach and nature lover and would want to explore more of Earth’s riches. A former community theater director, a pre school teacher and a frustrated Star In A Million contestant, Allan hopes of conquering the big stage for a spotlight one day. Conversation and people are his passion.
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