How do we measure advocacy?
Is it by the number of programs we proposed?
Or the times we had dialogues with government officials?
Or the number of counseling sessions we’ve had in our lifetime?
Or the tears of happiness as we touched other people’s lives?
Is it by the amount of cash we facilitated to help others?
The number of people we helped?
The policies we institutionalized?
The lives we saved?
Is it how fast we act on issues?
Or the sustainability of projects we implement?
Or the impact we made on the lives of others?
Or the smiles we put on other people’s faces?
We do not measure.
We do not compare.
We fill gaps.
We join hands.
It’s an us thing.
It’s not about my issues.
It’s the community’s.
We may have helped one person,
or helped lobby one Bill.
We may have spent hundreds of thousands of pesos,
or fed a starving kid begging for money in the streets.
Who dares judge the impact we make?
Who can really measure and compare?
No one can.
But no one really can.
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