“True friends are never apart. Maybe in distance, but never in Heart”. This quotation symbolizes the friendship we have with the Taiwanese Campers. They may be far from us but because of the friendship we build when they are still here they never be apart from our hearts during the 2016 Taichung Pangasinan Work Camp, where I must say that I really had fun. Even if there are times that I wanted to give up on the construction because of the pain I felt while carrying heavy objects, I still stayed. If you ask me why I stay? It’s because of the people that surround me. They inspire me to work hard, to not give up easily and to be strong. I had my first times here in this work camp, just like carrying hollow blocks, carrying cement, sing in front of many people even if I am hoarse and speaking in English continuously. Kidding aside, I am so thankful that they let me join in this Work Camp, because if they didn’t well, probably I am still the lazy type of Kristen Claire Z. Bacani that my parents know. Honestly, after that work camp my parents can now command me to do this and that.

Before that work camp started, I am the type of daughter that always goes outside to meet my friends, to have some practice, to do some project on my classmate’s house and goes home late at night. So obviously I am not fond of doing some household chores. But because of that work camp they can now command me to wash the dishes and many more. I’ve change, really. That’s what I observed from myself, I’ve changed physically, mentally and spiritually. If you compare Kristen Claire Z. Bacani before this camp started. Well, she always think for the future, always think of negative thoughts and can’t carry heavy objects. I am a lot better now. It is because of the YMCA. So, I thank God that he let YMCA Pangasinan empower young people like me. He used YMCA Pangasinan to be an inspiration and an instrument for us young people.

I can now say that YMCA of Pangasinan is successful in changing us for being a better person. Well, they are always successful in changing a person to be better. As a gratitude in what you did for me. I promise that I will apply the lessons that I’ve learned in this 2016 Taichung-Pangasinan Work Camp in my life. Thank You for giving me another family. “In this family we work hard” (Colossians 3:23) That verse is suited for us, because we really worked hard for that plant box we did in Bolosan Elementary School. Again, Thank you for bringing out the best in me. I hope and pray that this is not my first and last work camp.

God bless!

Kristen Claire Bacani
YMCA of Pangasinan

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