£4,600raised of £4,000 target by 108 supporters

Weʼre raising £4,000 to Helping to Change Lives and Build Communities in the Philippines

Manila, NCR, Philippines
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This October, four of us will be heading to the Philippines on the trip of a lifetime. But this will be no holiday: we’re going to meet up with a bunch of other like-minded souls to build homes and communities for those less fortunate than ourselves. Our flights are booked, we’ve had our jabs and all that’s left now is to get ready for five days which we’re sure will change all of our lives.

One community at a time

We’re flying out as part of Trend Micro’s Home Building programme. Co-founders Steve and Jenny Chang started working with local charity Gawad Kalinga – which means “to give care” in English – in recognition of our employer’s 20-year anniversary. Gawad Kalinga’s approach to eliminating poverty is more than a quick fix solution: it’s based on the idea that by providing basic housing for local people we can create something more sustainable and long-lasting. Build enough homes and you end up creating whole villages and communities.

While out there we’ll be doing everything from digging wells to mixing cement and plastering, sifting sand and carrying rocks – all in sticky, sweaty conditions reaching up to 34C. It’s not all about house building, however: we’ll also be farming and landscaping the local area and visiting local families.

We’ve got a lot to live up to. Previous groups of volunteers on the programme in 2013 helped build homes for 85 local families – effectively an entire village – as well as hand out sweets to the local kids and teach some important lessons about hygiene to keep them all fit and healthy.

The phrase “make a difference” has become something of a cliché today, but for us, that’s exactly what this trip is all about. We can all be a bit guilty of taking for granted the benefits of living in a developed country. We sometimes forget that there are many families living hand to mouth who don’t even have a permanent place to call home.

This programme represents a fantastic opportunity to take part in something that could genuinely change lives for the better, for those most in need.

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Eva- I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to take part in Trend Micro’s Homebuilding Project and to have been given the chance to make positive, long term, sustainable change. Please give generously so we can make a real impact!

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Chris- Excited yet nervously anticipating what’s to come. Something I’ve wanted to do since joining Trend Micro. Great to be on board with this group and be involved in a project where I can impact people’s lives.

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Adam - I absolutely love to travel and experience different cultures so this trip is an incredible opportunity to do what I love doing and give back to those less privileged by helping with the Trend Micro Home Building Programme. Having had my first child 2 years ago being able to give my family a good quality of life is so important and helping the poor is something I'm very passionate about doing. I hope we can really give something back by being a part of this initiative and make a difference to the lives of these people.

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Stu - I'm incredibly lucky to have great family, friends and work which many don't even have a roof over their heads; Trend Micro Home Building Project is a way to give something back to those that aren't able or don't have access to the basic privileges we do. I'm sure, with your support, we can change the lives of many

Wish us luck and please take a moment to donate to this great cause. Every pound makes a difference!

Thank you!

Eva, Chris, Adam and Stu

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  • Eva, Chris, Stu & Adama day ago
    Eva, Chris, Stu & Adam

    Eva, Chris, Stu & Adam

    a day ago

    Just dropping a few photos to show you how we’re getting on ! A chunk of the donations by the way have already purchased ‘care packages’ consisting of clothes/food/snacks/games/sanitary/health items etc (essentially a big shopping trolley) ..90 times .. for 90 families. There’s loads more to do, we’re on it !

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  • Eva, Chris, Stu & Adam20 days ago
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    Eva, Chris, Stu & Adam

    20 days ago

    Hi :) I have some overwhelming thank you’s to deliver tonight. We’re not far off the £2500 mark! Just to give you some reference of what that could mean out there... We have the target now set to a whopping £4K - Why? .. October 2016 - The survey results showed that the average *annual family income* of Filipino families was approximately 267 thousand pesos. 267,000 PHP in GBP£ is £3910 .. not far off our target. We’re determined to get there with your help. For those a few taps away from adding a few ££ 🙈 Thank you ! :) -Stu

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  • Eva, Chris, Stu & Adam22 days ago
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    Eva, Chris, Stu & Adam

    22 days ago

    Evening all I just wanted to drop by as I've been out and about all day in meetings/on the road. Amazing work and thank you for the donations thus far. We're very grateful at notching over the £1k point, you wouldn't believe how far that will go. My phone has been going off in my pocket all day with notifications and we even tipped a position on the JustGiving 24 hour leaderboard. Thanks to you. Can we do it tomorrow ??? :) Not stopping here, we have plenty more teams + people to reach and every penny will go a long way. Thank you ! -Stu

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  • melanie Fruzza

    melanie Fruzza

    Oct 18, 2017

    Evie, Chris and all the Trend team, Very well done, a truly wonderful thing that you're all doing, keep up the good work it will make such a difference, Mel and Francesco ☺


  • Leyla


    Oct 17, 2017

    all the best guys xx

  • Mel


    Oct 17, 2017

    Well done ... you'll make such a difference ... stay safe and don't break anything!


  • Pughy


    Oct 17, 2017

    Nice work, Adam :-)


  • Christopher Baker

    Christopher Baker

    Oct 15, 2017

    Best of luck guys!


  • Richard Carr

    Richard Carr

    Oct 14, 2017

    Best of luck !!!


  • Ross D

    Ross D

    Oct 13, 2017

    Good luck and enjoy !!!


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A small team of 4 (Eva, Chris, Stu & Adam) from Trend Micro UK will be joining the October Home Building Project in the Philippines. Please support and donate what you can.

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