Lights for Hope

Lights for Hope is a Christmas outreach program of the Ateneo de Manila University held annually to bring cheer and hope to children of indigent families. Children with ages 4 to 12 come from depressed communities where Jesuit scholastics do apostolate work or where the Social Organizations of the Ateneo (SOA) do work. The areas are Balara, Loyola Heights, Fairview, Marikina, Project 3, Commonwealth, Cainta, Antipolo, and Gawad Kalinga areas including the Blue Eagle Village in Payatas. The children are picked up by jeeps or buses contracted by the Ateneo and brought to the Ateneo in Loyola Heights on the Saturday before Homecoming day to enjoy a Christmas program with a magician, games, giant inflatable slides, merienda at Bellarmine, Erenchun Field, or High School Covered Courts, and take home a goody bag. The children are accompanied by some guardians from the beneficiary communities and public school teachers, and supervised by over 100 yayas and yayos who are Ateneo college student volunteers and Ateneo personnel of the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations.