Friday, February 3, 2012

The Giving Tree

Let me tell you a story.

This is a story about a tree that doesn’t grow because of sunlight and rain; it grows because of the generosity that springs from its surroundings. We call it The Giving Tree.

The Giving Tree is our project. We call ourselves Project One. We call ourselves such because this is not a normal journey that one person sets out on, rather, it is one entire batch’s mission to change the world of one deserving kid who just wants to go to school more than anything.

In a nutshell, this project aims to raise P90,000 in one month in order to pay for our beneficiary’s 3 whole years of highschool education at a vocational farm school called Dagatan Family Farm School in Lipa, Batangas.

To do this, we need to sell The Giving Tree’s seeds. Each seed pack is worth P100. The buyer can choose to either plant the seeds themselves or return the seeds to us (Project One) in order for us to donate the returned seeds to poor famers who do not have the money to buy seeds themselves.

After donating their money to the cause, the buyer then gets a “Leaf Marker” and subsequently writes an encouraging message to our beneficiary (whose name is Jayson Alvarez) and hangs it on the tree. These Leaf Markers will then be collected at the end of The Giving Tree’s stay in UA&P and complied into a book to be given to Jayson. These messages and show of support will hopefully move Jayson to study hard and make the most use of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Formally planted on UA&P soil on January 31, 2012, the giving tree looked frail and lifeless at first but gracious UA&P students and staff quickly remedied the situation by showing an outpouring of support for The Giving Tree.

There is an indescribable feeling one gets when he sees so much love that The Giving Tree produces. I cannot find the proper term for such a feeling that speaks of charity, generosity, love and encouragement. The Giving Tree is truly a way for people to “Let Others Reap What You Have Sown”.

As a new day rises over UA&P, dew drops glisten in the morning sun, birds sing their melody to usher in a beautiful morning, and The Giving Tree rustles its branches to make way for new leaves to be attached by helping hands.

The Giving Tree. Let Others Reap What You Have Sown.

Time Line of The Giving Tree's Growth

What The Giving Tree looked like before Project One showed it some love:

Day Negative One
What The Giving Tree looked like when Project One showed it a little more love. 
Day Zero

What The Giving Tree looked like when Project One first released it: (What it looked like when UA&P people showed it a little love.)
Day One
What The Giving Tree looked like when UA&P showed it a little more love:
Day Three. Looks alive doesn't it?
What do you think it's going to look like when we show it A LOT more love? :)

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