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From Youthful Dreams to Impactful Deeds: Nourishing Smiles, Painting Dreams

By Samantha Lexcy B. Tongol

In a world full of darkness, often overshadowed by problems and complexities in life, there is always a lantern to serve as your guiding light. At my young age, I already have a mission. I want to etch a mark on my community; make people happy, make people feel included – no matter the background.

It all began with a simple yet powerful thought; to bring joy to those who needed it the most. I immediately saw the struggles faced by underprivileged children in the community. Rather than turning a blind eye, I decided to take action. Inspired by the power of both nourishment and creativity, I have thought of a unique program that would address both mental, emotional, and physical needs.

The program had two goals; to provide meals to ease hunger and to lift their spirits through a coloring program. What started as a vision bloomed into reality, thanks to the people I love the most, my parents and grandparents.

The influence of the program was swift and significant. When the kids came together for meals, the sound of laughter echoed around them. Their faces were brightened with smiles. However, it was during the art sessions that something special happened. By coloring, the children discovered a way to express themselves and delve into their creativity, creating a sense of happiness and empowerment that went beyond their lives, creating a space filled with joy and creativity.

The success of the program is a testament to my vision and determination. Despite facing challenges along the way, it was resolved due to my determination and commitment to bringing joy to others and making a difference in the lives of others. Through support and leadership, I did not only provide support to those in need but also inspired others to unite together.

Despite my youth, I believe that anyone, regardless of age or background, can make a positive change in the world. My story serves as an inspiration to young teenagers who may feel powerless in society’s issues. With each meal given and coloring tote bag completed, we are reminded of the impact small acts of kindness can have. Every person can be a force of change, no matter how small the difference is. Together, we are spreading smiles and joy, creating a more compassionate, better world for all.

In a world filled with obstacles and differences, my story is an example of the strength found in unity, empathy, and determination. By committing myself to helping those in need I am not just providing meals, but also nourishing the human spirits. So let us dare to dream, dare to believe, and dare to make an impact; one smile, one meal, and one act of kindness at a time. For in the end, it is not the amount of years we have lived that defines who we are, but the lives we’ve touched and the hearts we have uplifted along the way.


Samantha is a Grade 6 student at the Angeles University Foundation Integrated School and editor-in-chief of the school’s publication, G-News.