As the community-wide quarantine took place in the Metro and nearby provinces, a group of college students saw the need to bridge help to those who lost their source of income due to the pandemic. Jeepney drivers were among the first ones to have their operations halted due to the suspension of public transportation, and it seems as though their sector will be the last to recover from this crisis.
The “Tulong Kay Manong” project was able to provide relief packages and hygiene kits to 109 drivers under the transport groups Espanya Blumentritt Operations and Drivers Association (EBODA) and Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Tsuper ng Avenida at Baclaran (SANTABAK). These donations were a product of ‘Nay ‘Tay Gusto Kong Tinapay’s successful partnerships with organizations, private individuals, and enterprises.
It is great news that NTGKT’s initiative does not end with this project; in fact, according to the project heads, it is only the beginning. At the moment, the team is able to serve only a small population, but NTGKT has more ambitious goals in mind. They wish to create a bigger ripple of change. Naturally, the group lives by the quote “Hindi man lahat ang matulungan, makakatulong pa rin ang sinuman kaninoman.”
In the future, the organization plans to further widen its reach and help more ‘kababayans’ in need. The plan is to not only focus on helping the jeepney drivers, but also to discover ways to elevate the quality of life for those who were living in crisis even before the pandemic. NTGKT pursues to embody and promote the concept of bayanihan, and involve the youth in working towards the goal of making this country a better place for everyone.
Nay ‘Tay Gusto Kong Tinapay: Tulong kay Manong is still accepting both monetary and in-kind donations. Their bank details and social media links can be found below.
BDO- 012230001783 | John Lorenzo Tugade
GCASH – 0926 015 7081 | Jeanelle Rodriguez
UNIONBANK – 10965495 2700 | Maxine Silvino
E-mail: [email protected]