Angelita, fondly called Angeline, lives near our Community Transformation Plant in the Philippines. One of our workers invited Angeline to be a volunteer in our Community Health Education (CHE) program. She helped us bring free medical care to surrounding neighbors and villages. She admits that at the time she was addicted to gambling. However, becoming a volunteer and spending time with our staff changed her life.
Don't just take our word for it. Here are Angelita's own words.
"My physical and spiritual life is so bright. This time, I am no longer addicted to gambling. My husband is no longer that angry with me. Sorry, can’t really explain fully the overflowing joy that is happening in my life now. I have new hope now for my family. I believe, it is not only me but the whole community. Do you know that whenever [my neighbors] ask me where I am going? I said that I am going to Dignity to work. They say, 'You are so fortunate that you are employed there.'
Of course, we have now 'livelihood' and I am proud because I am one of the committee members and now also at Dignity. I gain more confidence in myself and there is now hope that our family can see. I know that my child can go to high school because I have regular work. Thanks to CHE, and most especially to Dignity – I am no longer addicted to gambling, am always smiling now and helping others also.
In CHE, I hope that our livelihood project will be continuous. Let us just pray and help each other. And for Dignity, thank you very much for giving us hope. Thank you for giving us dignity. I know that I am not only the one who is happy but we are many."
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