Yellow Boat of Hope

It is tough for me to recall how I was brought to the site of the Yellow Boat of Hope last year. It was either through a direct link, a shout out from Facebook or possibly an embedded site in one of the blogs for my RSS feeds. Whatever it was, I know I was brought to a great site and I am thankful for it.

This is the reason why I am going to ask you to put 20 minutes of your time today. If you have 20minutes now, that is great – you may continue to read the post. If you do not have that time, come back later today and finish reading this post. Because what I am about to offer you today will involve seeing someting that will make you appreciate more of what you have now. What you are about to read and see is not just another inspirational story you will have to brush off after seeing or reading about it. This is something you want to concentrate and get the message while reading or watching the video later.

So, do you have 20 minutes? Then, read on.

Jay Jaboneta, heard about the story of young children from a coastal village in Layag-Layag, Zambaoanga City Philippines last year, about the “way” they go to school. These kids are extraordinarily determined to get their education! These kids are willing to learn and not waste a day without interacting with their teachers. But their main issue is not the lack of books, or the number of students in the class but the “way “they go to school.

It is very common in the Philippines to  walk, ride the tricycle or take buses to get to school everyday but it is uncommon to swim across the seas just to get to school every single day!

The kids in Layag-Layag do that…everyday throughout the school year. They leave their houses early in the morning, cover their backpacks or school supplies in plastic bags to keep the, dry and then swim through the waters (sometimes treacherous) just to get to their school. This is their daily routine. This is their only way of getting an education. This is their only hope to get better in life and make their dreams come true.

The sad part here is everyday as they say goodbye to their parents, there  is always a slight chance that something terrible will happen to them. Perhaps, an angry sea might take their lives despite their years of navigating the seas. Perhaps, they will drown or lose their strength while swimming. Perhaps, they can get sick from drinking too much salty water. There are many “perhaps”.

Because Jay Jaboneta sees this issue and wants to help these kids and their communities, he posted on his Facebook shout out regarding the plight of these kids. Thus, the beginning of a history.

Below are two videos about Yellow Boat of Hope worth watching



Tomorrow, you’ll read about Jay Jaboneta’s Success Story and how he is the Firestarter!