On Thursday, December 11, we held an event celebrating volunteerism and commemorating the one year anniversary of Natan’s involvement in the Philippines —it was a great success! The Ambassador of the Philippines to Israel attended as our guest of honor and made a heartwarming speech in which he thanked Natan and our partners for all the work we have done in rebuilding his country, and pledged the Philippines’ ongoing commitment to Israel.

We featured a small exhibition featuring paintings created by the children of Pagnamitan as part of our art therapy program. Rose Fostanes, the winner of X Factor Israel 2013, and local Tel Aviv rockers Blue Lining Band both performed, with musical numbers that had the crowd on its feet. In between performances, we were treated to speeches and video presentations by some of our partners, with whom we look forward to working in the future.

Thank you to all who attended – we hope you enjoyed yourselves!