INA is delighted to again be hosting Sherwin Mariano from the Philippines.
Sherwin is a former sponsor child through INA and is now the CEO of VOHGM, a Community Development organisation in the Philippines. He has an inspiring story to tell, captivating audiences both young and old, and will be speaking about his experience of growing up in poverty, of being a sponsored child and how being given an education has lifted him out of poverty.
EVENT: Meet & Greet
19th Oct, 7pm @ INA Office
If you are free on Oct 19 in the evening, then come past our office (196 Rooks Road, Vermont) and join us for some light refreshments to hear from Sherwin about the latest news from the ground in the Philippines. We would love to see you there!
RSVP to Amanda firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENT: Afternoon tea
5th Nov, 2:45pm @ Wauchope Presbyterian Church
If you are free in the afternoon on Sunday 5th Nov, then come by Wauchope Presbyterian Church and join us for some afternoon tea to hear stories from Sherwin about the work he does with the support of our donors. We would love to see you there!
RSVP to Malcolm email@example.com
do you have an event?
If you would like to book Sherwin for a speaking engagement in your work place, church, community group, school or even host an event in your own home, please contact Amanda, details below. He will be travelling in VIC, TAS and NSW between Oct 18 and Nov 8.
Amanda Southwell, Community Engagement Manager,
Office: (03) 9877 7177
Mobile: 0404 852 720
At the age of nineteen, my parents abandoned us and I became an immediate guardian to eight siblings - I shouldered the entire responsibility of raising a family alone. Living in a one-room shanty and sleeping on a concrete floor with seven siblings was the norm for my family.
The cramped space and poor sanitation meant we’d spend our time outside or at school to avoid our dwelling. The hardest part for me and my siblings was the rejection we felt from our parents and people in our community.
I used to be embarrassed to share my story, now I’m excited. I believe my experience is not just about me. Through telling my story, people can see that I’m just one person, and there’s so many others who need help like I did. I am just one story.
I am now working for VOHGM Inc. helping children in the slums who are living as I was before.