Last May 19, 2007, a number of people from our sector went to Binangonan, Rizal to be part of an outreach program spearheaded by the Tan Yan Kee Foundation. It's called Brigada Eskwela. It's main thrust is to clean up public schools in preparation for the coming schoolyear. We were sent to Calumpang Elementary School and we fixed one of the buildings there. It's actually the library but half of it is also utilized as a classroom.
The building was indeed in bad condition. There were holes in the roof and parts of the ceiling also needed repairs. What we specifically did was to sweep, remove the bookshelves and chairs, wipe the walls and windows in preparation for our painting, and then painted the windows and walls inside and outside the building. Rollerbrush in hand, we finished in about five hours or so. Actually, there were still a lot things to repair but we were only told to finish the painting for now.
Elaine, Tini (yes, I brought my fiance with me) and I went home sweaty and splattered with paint but very happy with the work we were able to accomplish. It feels good doing good deeds once in awhile.