What is Project Kuya?

It didn't take long for the Philippines to become my second home. I instantly felt a connection with the people as soon as I inhaled that humid Filipino air. I had the opportunity to live on the islands of Cebu and Negros. From Bayawan, Siaton, Casoy, Busay, Vallehermoso, Minglanilla, Zamboanguita and Kamputhaw, I was meeting more and more people and was getting to know them on a very personal level.

I visited them. I listened to them. I prayed with them. I cried with them. I laughed with them. I did all of these things, but overall, I fell in love with them. I did anything and everything I could do to help them feel peace and happiness, and yet I still felt like I could've done more. For two years I saw people who were struggling, and I witnessed life changing events in their lives and in mine. I tried my best to help, but at the time, there wasn't really much I could offer.

After I left the Philippines in May 2015, I knew that there had to be something I could do. There had to be something that I could do that would show my Filipino family that I haven't forgotten about my time with them. All of this was what spiraled in my mind and motivated me to start Project Kuya.

In May 2016, I returned to Cebu with my Project Kuya team to start our very first humanitarian project. We received over $5000 worth of donations in form of hygiene essentials, school supplies, clothing to distribute to families in need. We will continue to help the Filipino people. Through this blog, we will share some of our experiences and things that you can expect from Project Kuya in 2017.

Para sa akong pamilya sa Pinas, excited jud ko sa pagbisita kaninyo usab. Magpadayon jud ko sa pagpagkita akong gugma para sa tanang mga tawo diha sa Pinas. Kita kits sa Mayo 2017!

Nahigugma,

-Robin Uata

Robin Uata