Text by Johannes L. Chua
The Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has touched lives in 39 provinces across the Philippines. It will hold an exhibit and bazaar named “Bai Bai, Bukid” (sea and mountain in Hiligaynon) until Oct. 24 at 11 Palm Avenue, Dasmariñas Village, Makati City.
The event will showcase art pieces and crafts for the home from its “Artisans of Hope” livelihood workshop. The NVC will exhibit mosaic art pieces which combine a skillful use of discarded Nespresso capsules, glass chips, eggshells,
and ceramic tiles in various themes along with tabletop items, which range from Christmas birds, napkin rings, statuettes, and religious items all showcasing the artisans’ mastery of the mosaic craft in its most intricate form.
While the products are an output of its livelihood project, the show’s proceeds will benefit NVC’s nutrition program which is a daily, six-month feeding protocol, mostly for infants and toddlers using Mingo, an instant nutritious and natural complementary food.
In addition to its nutrition program, NVC has also built over 200 classrooms, distributed more than 7,000 backpacks
filled with school supplies, endorsed over 4,900 motorized fishing boats to fishermen. It has also provided an assortment of other livelihood support like sewing machines, carpentry and welding tools, and tricycles and pedicabs.
The NVC was established nine years ago by a group of citizens from Negros Occidental who felt the need to perform acts of good in their own communities. With support from individuals, companies, and corporate foundations, it has expanded beyond its original intention of merely serving the neighborhood.