SUBIC BAY, Philippines - Sailors attached to the forward deployed USS Green Bay (LPD 20) volunteered at the Association for Differently Abled Person’s (ADAP) Center for Special Education in Subic Bay, Philippines, during a community relations project April 30, 2015.
“Today we were allotted the opportunity to really understand what the Association for Differently Abled Persons is all about,” said Lt. Nicholes Alander, chaplain aboard Green Bay. “Getting the chance to understand how children with disabilities struggle in their day to day lives and being able to sit down and spend one-on-one time with them changed my life and the lives of the Sailors who volunteered.”
“The Sailors being here helps the children develop communication skills,” ADAP President, Dr. Emilia P. Sanchez said. “We appreciate the time that the children are able to spend with them.”
During the event Sailors were given a brief history of the ADAP by Sanchez, watched presentations put on by the students and spent time sharing stories with the staff and students of the Center for Special Education.
“This experience will be with me forever,” Chief Engineman Juan Castillo said. “It helped me appreciate what me and my children really have.”
“Doing events like these show that the Navy cares for all walks of life, taking the time to interact with children with disabilities truly shows the ethos of our core values,” Alander said. “This event helped me gain a new appreciation for what we have and what we could offer just by using our time and energy to help out the community of Subic Bay.”
Green Bay is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 3rd Marine Division Forward, is currently participating in exercise Balikatan 2015, an annual bilateral exercise conducted with members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.