SEE! A community pantry for those who need “pamasahe” to return home
We have all been in this situation before: we have no more money for the last trip home. Glad someone thought of this help.
JEROME B. GOMEZ | Apr 28, 2021
Just as the first community pantry on Maginhawa Street in Quebec spawned hundreds of community pantries across the country, the movement also sparked many ideas that not only met real needs, but made us feel good. smile by their ingenuity. There is the pantry on rue Matatag, also in Quebec, which offered condoms. There is the one who distributed the shoes. There is one that offered books. And there is the one that offered pet food; it took the name of “paw-ntry community”, but of course.
Yesterday, we were so excited to come across another wonderful idea: the âPamasha Communityâ. We saw it for the first time on the Facebook wall of photographer and enthusiast Albert Labrador who has also set up a community pantry in their area. It’s just a take-out plastic container full of coins available to anyone “who needs change to get home.”
The idea reminded me of all those meetings we had in the streets of Manila with people who asked for “pamasah” to be able to return home. There is a real need and we are happy that people have thought of this form of financial assistance as another feature of the community pantry. “When I set it up, someone who had just left the community pantry threw around 30 pesos of coins in it,” suggests Albert, who says he got the idea from the author- singer-songwriter Gary Granada.
But there’s also a Community Pamasahe page on Facebook that some say started it all. It started a week ago, says the lady who answered our questions on Facebook Messenger, Amy Laspinas. It was a suggestion from a friend who also donated the seed money for the pamasah box.
While only a few days old, Amy’s group has collected quite a few stories from the Pamashe community. There were two men who requested permission to dig. âSabi ko, sige po, para sa inyo yan,â Amy told ANCX. âAt the latest, everyone is there. Halos naubos an laman. Sabi ko, ‘Para lang po sa pamasahe ha, di para sa bigas. Sa Community Pantry na lang kayo pumunta para sa bigas. âThe two men said okay and thanked her before leaving.
A homeless man asked if he could get coins. âPahingi daw, pambili pagkain,â Amy remembers. âSabi ko, ‘Basahin mo, di yan para sa pagkain. Dito na lang sa tabing karinderia, bilhan ka natin ng pagkain. ‘ The man refused and insisted he wanted the parts. “Aba, pamasahe po yan, naglalakad ka lang naman paikot ikot,” Amy told him. Still, the man got a few coins and said thank you to Amy before moving on.
Story 3: A suki from their store wanted to borrow money from Amy once, because her trike ride was not enough. âYes, meron tayong pamasahe community, hingi ka dito,â Amy told him. Later that day, Lady Suki not only left money for the Pamasahe Community Chest, she also recruited a donor who gave P500. “O, di ba? Amy said.
To those who wanted to donate to the Pamasahe community, drop off your coins at the PGX Fair Trade Market, 112 Anonas Extension, Sikatuna Village, QC. Look for Amy Laspinas. You can also send donations through Gcash at 0916-3465827.
To those who wish to donate money to the Labradors Community Pantry and the Pamasahe Community, you can send your donations via Gcash to 09189793674. They also accept merchandise for distribution, says Albert.