Jannelle So’s Spotlight on Giving presents Filipina Givers of Hope

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Jannelle So Givers of Hope
Janelle So’s events present Ayesha Vera Yu, Anna Oposa, and Mariah Oca.

Jannelle So’s new event, Spotlight on Giving, is presenting 3 Filipinas with a mission of giving hope.

As 2020 has taken a lot from us – one of which is just kuwentuhan with girlfriends. To laugh together, exchange ideas with one another and simply be there for each other.

Some virtual meet-ups take a lot to organize and there are challenges to connect deeply with new people who can inspire you, motivate you, and move you.

Thankfully, Jannelle So-Perkins organizes these monthly meetups with people we oughta know.

Ayesha Vera Yu
Advancement for @RuralKids

Ayesha Vera Yu was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, but you’ll never hear it from her. But what you can always observe is that she’s Young Global Giver. After helping a lot of people make a lot of money as a 20-something investment banker in New York, she went home to rural Philippines to take care of her family’s small rice farm. After meeting communities that are so innovative, have amazing talents, brilliant ideas, and hustle like no other (who else can live under $3 a day), Ayesha ended up creating Advancement for @RuralKids (ARK), a non-profit that helps feed and get rural kids back to school, create new income with their families, and inspire their communities to invest in themselves.

When the pandemic hit, ARK pivoted its lunch solution to Feed Back, an 8-week nourishing vegetable basket exchange that feeds back farmers that feed the world. The relief buys 100% of the vegetables directly from the farmers, which will secure both their food and health and put them on a self-sustainable path.

We are all placed on the earth for a reason and for a mission. Let’s hear Ayesha’s and see how we can help her achieve it. Contrary to what many may believe, life is not about the sum that we make, but the difference that we make. And we don’t even need a calculator.

Anna Oposa
Save Philippine Seas

Anna Oposa came from a family of earth guards. Her father, Tony Oposa, is a lawyer to the environment, and when there are cases of abuse, Anna takes a stand, even as a child. That’s probably why she can relate to the Disney character, and made her Twitter title MoAnna Oposa. That’s not the only Disney character you think of when you talk to her. Coining herself as Chief Mermaid as Save Philippine Seas, you become happy that there are real people out there to save Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder, and maybe even Ursula too. Even if it’s a whole other world down under the sea, humans can still make waves and make changes that are ocean deep.

Mariah Oca
Asian Foster Family Initiative

Some people give money. Some people give time. Some people give a family, a home and a life. All these – manifestations of LOVE.

Mariah Oca of the Asian Foster Family Initiative in California helps more people give by giving more of herself. A social worker by education and profession, Mariah is also an organizer who loves to care for the elderly, children, and even plants!

This Christmas season, let’s meet Ayesha, Anna, and Mariah, to learn about their advocacies.

Register now at https://bit.ly/spotlightgiving for the next gathering this Saturday, December 12th at 7pm PT / Sunday, December 13th at 11am Manila. It’s food (or cocktails) for the soul.

Jannelle So’s Spotlight on Giving is part of the Fil-Am TV host’s FB Live webinars offering new normal lifestyle tips. A previous series featured female leadership in America.

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