Good Karma is change in five colors. Since 2012, its mandate has been to raise funds and provide publicity for non-profit organizations in the Philippines by selling shirts of different colors. Red shirts raise funds for the medication of poor, ailing children. Green shirts support the country’s reforestation. Blue shirts fund the conservation of marine resources. White shirts support the education of underprivileged scholars, and black shirts provide cheap, clean sources of light to far-flung communities.

However, Good Karma is not only a shirt-selling venture. It is also a movement. With the objective of directing the Filipino youth to truly volunteer, it had launched an outreach campaign this year to walk the talk of service.

The first ever Good Karma Outreaches was held at the Malangen Multi-Purpose Hall last September 7, 2013 by students from the UP Industrial Engineering Club (IE Club) in cooperation with the University of the East – Ramon Magsaysay (UERM) Medical Center community and KRIS Library. Thirty kids celebrated this day with games, laughter, food and new friends. They brought home with them sets of soaps, shampoos and other toiletries, and even a pack of new school supplies.

The spirit of volunteerism that day was truly rewarding. Indeed, building the nation is a daunting task, but it can start with small steps, free hands, and the power of Good Karma.

(Shirts cost P250 each. For more information, please visit facebook.com/GoodKarmaShirts.)