Social media has become a popular medium to relay stories to people. It’s a powerful tool that keeps us updated on what is happening around us. When used wisely, it can be something that can keep us connected to the society.
One netizen tried to make the most out of social media, and put it to good use. Kinah Villanueva shared in her post some photos and the story of a disabled man she met on Gen. Santos Avenue in Bicutan. He does not beg for alms, but instead sells bread for a living. Villanueva said her heart melted at the sight of him: he was thin, hunchbacked, and mute, but was greatly touched at his determination and perseverance.
“Naisip kong kuhanan siya ng litrato para magsilbing inspirasyon ito sa iyo at sa akin. Pangako ko sa kanya na dapat makilala siya sa FB dahil sa kanyang sipag at tiyaga. Hindi kagaya ng mga pulubi na nagkukunwaring may kapansanan para makapaglimos.”
(I decided to share this picture of diligence and persistence to serve as an inspiration to you and me. His hard work is sincere unlike other beggars who pretend to be disabled just to get alms.)
Villanueva called on to other online users who live in Bicutan or to whoever will pass along the Gen. Santos Ave. to go buy some goods from the “extra special” vendor. She also requested we say a prayer for healing and ask for more blessings for the man.
Kinah Villanueva’s post below:
Photos as posted by Villanueva:
The comments section was filled with positive responses from netizens. Some shared their experience with the same guy. Others even expressed their intention to help.
K. Damian: “Thanks for sharing… And thank God for u Kinah, spending time and really paying attention to whom u see and meet. God bless u for what u did! Praying God is the man’s help and refuge!!”
J. Carlos: “Napakabait nyan nkita ko binigyan sya ng pagkain at hinati nya yung binigay sa kanya at binigay nya dun sa batang namamalimos na lumapit sa kanya. Nung nahati na may dumating ulit na isa pang pulubi. Wla na syang mahahati kya binigyan nya nlng ng kendi na tinda nya (He’s kind, I saw someone gave him food and he shared with a homeless kid. When another beggar came, he gave the kid some candies).”
R. Delgado: “Ms kinah ilapit nyo dn po s Pdao Taguig may mga programa po ang mayor nyn thru dswd slp o ung Sustainable livelihood program (You may seek help from Pdao Taguig, we have DSWD SLP or sustainable livelihood programs).”
Mc. De Guzman: “Gusto q tumulong po (I want to help).”
Her post has been shared for more than 9,000 times as of this writing, and has captured the hearts of some generous online users who expressed their intention to help the disabled guy.
Netizens were so eager to help that they created a group they called “100-Peso-Project” to provide a small sari-sari store for “kuya“, the disabled vendor. The aim is to collect Php 100 from anyone who are willing to donate and open up a small store to sustain “kuya’s” everyday needs. To anyone who wants to share their blessings, here is the link for the group: 100-Peso Project
This is truly heartwarming. Humanity at its best.
UPDATED on Aug. 1, 2015 at 10:04PM
Kinah and the 100-peso-project team re-visited ‘Kuya Mulong’ to hand him Php 1,000.00 on July 18, 2015 and goods, on July 30,2015 for him to sell. The team has really gone a long way helping the special vendor they met at Bicutan. Let’s have a look at how 100-peso-project helped Kuya Mulon. Read full post here:
Photos of 100-peso-project team’s visit to Kuya Mulong
The team first visited Kuya Mulong on July 18, 2015 for the Php 1,000 cash donation:
Kuya Mulong posed with his paninda as the team re-visited him for the second time on August 1, 2015:
The 100-Peso Project Team:
A happy Kuya Mulong:
Kudos Team 100-Peso Project! The world is a better place with people like you.