by Devon Higgins
The PhotoUp team is very excited to tell everyone about the completion of our first Community Impact Project. As part of our Social Mission and Impact Sourcing model, PhotoUp is actively finding ways to positively impact the local community in which we work. PhotoUp has set up an employee driven committee that evaluates, plans, and implements community service projects.
For the first Community Impact Project (CIP), the PhotoUp team in the Philippines chose to focus on the communities that lined Cebu’s Southbound highway. Mainly comprised of low-income families, the young children within the community are extremely underprivileged and malnourished. Some children even have to resort to scouring the streets for recyclable trash to sell to junk shops in order to contribute to their family income. Many of our employees pass this community every day on their commute to the PhotoUp office in Cebu.
The PhotoUp team partnered with a local church in the community to gather the street children together for a nutritious meal, provided by our employees. Together with the church, our team was able to feed the kids sandwiches, soup, and juice. The PhotoUp team spent some extra time after the meal to sing songs, play parlor games and give out prizes to the kids.
Below is a short video, highlighting the team’s afternoon with the children.
PhotoUp’s operations manager, Ossie, had this to say about the the project, “Our first Community Impact Project was just a small step to what we believe can become a great journey in our development, not just as a company, but also as individuals. And also we get to do something fun together besides being awesome photo editors.”
The goal of the Community Impact Projects is to have a positive social impact on the communities in which we work and to help build leaders within those communities. We are very proud of our PhotoUp team in the Philippines and are excited about organizing more Community Impact Projects throughout the year. We are continuing to look into ways in which our clients, friends, and members of the PhotoUp community can get involved in our Community Impact Projects and help make a difference in their communities.