On the job

 I am winding down my time in the Philippines working with Save the Children. Since a lot of the work is in corporate fundraising I’m not necessarily in the field directly helping kids, but fundraising allows the experts in the field do what they do best. Below is an example of some of the work I’m doing here.

The cover picture is a children’s festival I attended in Davao City- home of the current Philippines president. This festival sponsored by Save the Children brings kids together from across the island of Mindanao. Many of the kids come from different backgrounds with different dialects and religion. The objective is for the kids to share what they perceive as the biggest issues affecting them in their region. It’s a really great way for Save the Children to understand the needs directly from their beneficiaries.

This is a picture with a boy who led the hall in prayer. I don’t think he sees a lot of foreigners from where he is from because after the prayer his Mom rushed all the way to the back of the auditorium just to get a picture of me with her son. I also had her take one with my phone. festival-1

We also had a corporate sponsorship night a month ago to recognize current partners. One of the big partners here no surprise is GSK. Attached is a photo of Save the Children and GSK employees.

Me, Rommel Abuda (GSK), Mike McTernan (STC), Lynn Baxter (GSK), Riel Andulaz (STC), Mike Torres (STC)


One of the new corporate partnerships I worked on is with Oakwood Hotel. They had a Christmas tree lighting event complete with a choir. I was invited to push the button to light the tree along with the General Manager of the property.


One note about the Christmas holiday. I don’t know any country that celebrates it like the Philippines. Things actually started in September. Yes, they do celebrate it in all the “ber” months (September- December). I will be here over the holiday before I head back home, so it should be an interesting time. However, I don’t think the odds are very good that I will experience a “White Xmas.” Probably a 0% chance!

Birthday celebrations are also very popular. It was my birthday here last month and the team surprised with a cake at the office.


If you made it this far thanks again for reading my blog!




  1. Excited to hear you had such a fruitful experience. Look forward to seeing you in February. Happy holidays!

  2. What a cute little boy you are pictured with here. Looks like you will leave a lot of new friends behind, but you can continue to support STC back home and thanks to the internet, you can stay in touch. Lasma from Latvia, one of our Healing the Children girls, is getting married and moving to Fayetville, N.C. We hope to see here when we come out for Nolan’s graduation. We will be anxious to hear more details about your time there when you come home or this summer. Have a good visit with the boys and Jenny and a very Merry Christmas. We miss you and love you. Stay safe and healthy–that is what we are praying for and a safe trip for your family. Love, Mom and John

  3. The holidays will have a special meaning to you this year with the great work you are doing for such an important cause. Safe travels home.

  4. Looks like you’ve been busy!! Love the pictures. So cool that you get to experience the holidays in a different culture!! I’m sure not getting snow in the Phillipines is no different than when you are in NC!! Have a blessed holiday season!!

  5. Love your pictures and reflections, Dean! Looks like you had a great time on your assignment and I’m really looking forward to hearing more from you! Way to make a difference in strengthening the partnership between STC and GSK! 🙂

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