Bag 943 and Yellow Boat Hope Foundation inspiring the youth to pay it forward PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:05

Bag 943 founder and social entrepreneur Josh Mahinay was in town last week and I missed my scheduled Pep Talk interview with him because of conflict of schedules. But still Pep Talk would like to thank him for talking the time to talk to university students of Ateneo de Zamboanga, Universidad de Zamboanga, and Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology. He also dropped by at the Tzu Chi Foundation Eye Center to help in a medical mission and in building the Tzu Chi Educational Shelter in one of our barangay schools.

Josh was invited and accompanied by Yellow Boat Hope Foundation founder and local civic leader Dr. Anton Lim. These two guys have the same passion and guiding principle – help those who are in need and pay it forward.

Josh, who had a flourishing career in the USA, come back in the Philippines in 2012 and started a social entrepreneur business, he named Bag 943 – “Buy One Give One”, to help poor Filipino school kids have good quality school bags. Together with a business partner, they are selling high quality bag pack they named Bag 943 with a premise to the buyer that for every purchased bag, another bag will be given out free.

Josh, who grew up in a poor family, was moved to do this project because he himself was inspired to pursue education seriously when somebody gave him a bag. He was using then a plastic bag as a school bag when he was in elementary. The bag he received inspired and motivated Josh to do the same to poor kids today and gave up his comfortable life in America. As of November 2013, 1700 Bag 943 has been given for free in poor community schools around the country.

Dr. Lim, is one of the prime founders of Yellow Boat Hope Foundation, a multi-awardee organization. Composed of volunteers, YBHF donates yellow colored boats to poor communities near rivers or sea shores that needs them to transport children, goods, and for livelihood. The sunshine color yellow of the boat symbolizes ray of hope. The group also conducts free medical and dental clinics, donates school supplies and other needs while encouraging people to stand on their own, not to be dependent, and to help others too.

Proverbs 19:17. “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”