Bro. Francis Cao Minh Toan, AA, Pavel, Metro Manila
After only three months in the Philippines, I and Br. Mark Vincent Madronero had the opportunity to visit Dumaguete City from July 1- 4, 2022. Through KALOOB Foundation, we were able to visit the family of our former Assumptionist brother Gevelyndo, and the beneficiaries of the Cow Raising Project. The project aims to provide low-income families with cows to be raised and later on to be sold. With Gevelyndo as our guide, we went up to the villages which are located in the highlands. The low-income families that are beneficiaries of the said Cow raising project live sporadically in the high mountains. Going on their way to their house was very difficult because of the steep slopes and rocks, plus the road is slippery because of the rain. But these difficulties did not hinder us from going and visiting them. The people we saw were very happy and excited to welcome us.
The next day, the beneficiaries gathered to listen to our orientation on the project. They also shared their difficulties and advantages in raising cows and their daily lives. Some old mothers came and share with us their gratitude to the Congregation and to the KALOOB Foundation for helping them. Their enthusiasm made me very grateful. We also visited the Cow Trading Center to buy more cows for other beneficiaries. At present we have 16 adult cows and 6 calves. Lastly, this trip allowed me to experience the love of God for the poor and the sense of gratitude for the His simple blessings. I hope next time, I will have more time to visit and work here. May the Kingdom of God reign in us through the works of love that we do!