In the middle of COVID19 and the ECQ, this dusky beauty was able to transform the no-frills handling of charity work into acts that would build up her empowerment as a woman. From repacking of goods to be distributed to the fisherfolks of the coastal area of Culaba along with the Giveback Movement of her core group, she also participated in the making of an inspirational video about the experience of her hometown in the middle of the crisis and the united efforts of everyone to alleviate the difficulties.
An Earth Day Commemoration was also done in between the busy activities days before her birthday when Skelly Ivy spent time with LSENs (Learners with Special Educational Needs) with whom she showed her love and appreciation. She wants to be the voice for their education and inclusivity in a regular classroom setup. This cause is close to her heart as her childhood had never been easy – having experienced bullying for her dark skin and kinky hair and without a father figure while growing up.
Bridges were built to extend help and reassurance to them. She is now recognized as an Ambassadress for Inclusive Education in her province after the DepEd – Division of Biliran is now pilot group for Inclusive Education in Region VIII where LSENs are accommodated in regular classes.
“As an ambassadress of Inclusive Education, I am always having a constant and close encounter with the LSENs for them to see how I freed myself from the bondage of oppression and how I live a normal life. I want to display that positive image of a woman who successfully embraces her uniqueness so at the end of the day, they will also imbibe that spirit.” – Skelly Ivy Florida
At the end of the day, we should be free from all sources of negativity and counterproductive situations to be able to move forward to living a life as normal as possible. And Skelly Ivy Florida gives her two thumbs up to that!