A group of Grade 12 Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) students from the University of Santo Tomas Senior High School (UST-SHS) are lending their writing and art skills to help victims of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.

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(Facebook via Moira Ocampo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Led by Althea Molino, the 12HUMSS-6 class, started the donation drive called Project BaLIKHAtan, which aims to “earn monetary funds through art and writing commissions.”

Among the services which the young group offers include creative writing, essay writing, digital art portraits, traditional art portraits, infographics, and PowerPoint presentations for a minimal fee.

Moira Allaina Ocampo, one of the organizers of BaLIKHAtan, said the project is not only aimed at helping typhoon victims but also students who are “having a hard time” with the online learning setup.

“We believe that no student should be left behind.In this way, we are able to help them finish their requirements, at the same time, the proceeds will be given to our partner donation drive,” Ocampo told Manila Bulletin Online in an interview.

“[Also] seeing those affected by the typhoon, we felt that scrolling through our timeline and sharing different donation drives aren’t enough. We wanted to be more involved,” she added.

Ocampo said a total of 15 students are involved in Project BaLIKHAtan, including seven student writers and five student artists.

One hundred percent of the proceeds of Project BaLIKHAtan will go to the group’s chosen beneficiary BulaCANhelp.

“So far the donation drive is doing well. We opened our services last night and we were able to reach different people, inside and outside our school,” Ocampo shared.

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