Nov 27, 2020

From Relief to Resiliency; A Further 3,300 Vulnerable People Reached with Learn-At-Home Packs!

 

Dear Supporter,


We hope this update report finds you and your family safe and well.

We are writing to share with you our 4th update COVID-19 Response Report that covers our core activities and efforts from August - October. A comprehensive report is attached to this note for your reference. 

Carrying on from our previous report  (August) that signalled our intent to focus on young people, FundLife has been working closely with local partners to fill gaps for highly vulnerable young people that have seen their education and access to child protection services heavily hit due to COVID-19. We have also observed, through primary research as well as mounting global evidence, that girls continue to be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and we continue to prioritise the protection of girls and women in both our regular programming as well as COVID-19 response operations. 

Since our last report, here are some of the key interventions and impacts we have achieved;

  • Reached over 3,300 vulnerable people with 'Safe-At-Home Packs' across Leyte and Cebu, who have been identified through local partners as highly vulnerable and living in acute and/or absolute poverty

  • Created and distributed 339 Learn-at-Home packs for young people that focus not just on keeping physically safe, but also mental wellness and building resiliency 

  • Created and Distributed 110 'Girl-Power' Packs specifically focused on adolescent girls at high-risk of educational abandonment and unplanned pregnancy due to COVID-19.

  • Conducted a follow-up and more comprehensive assessment of the mental and physical well-being of young people 

  • In conjunction with our 'Girls Got This' team, created an employment pathway project to support highly vulnerable adolescent girls (HVAG) to support girls and young women from no education or income into partial or full income. This will commence next month and will target HVAG from Metro Cebu communities. 

While it is clear the impact of COVID-19 has been sudden and serve, we are cognizant that the long-term impacts on already vulnerable groups will be harsher still. As we move into the tenth (10th) month, we remain committed to supporting young people not just in meeting their basic educational and safety needs, but also to ensuring they are supported in achieving their goals before COVID-19.

Above ensuring all young people can survive the impacts of COVID-19, we want to make sure they are able to thrive and keep their hopes, spirits and most importantly, dreams alive! 

On behalf of everyone at FundLife, we are deeply grateful for your ongoing support. Without your donations, our COVID-19 response would not be possible. 

Wishing you and those closest to you a safe and very happy remaining 2020.

Sincerely,
Marko

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Oct 20, 2020

Progress of #StandWithGirls in the Philippines!

Food and hygiene kits distribution
Food and hygiene kits distribution

Dear friends,

I am writing to share an update report showing all the developments we have done so far.

In the Philippines, children haven't been to public school for over 200 days (and counting) and there is no expectation they will reopen this year. 23 million children (80% of all students) depend on the public education system, and these children have been left without any access to education. The educational consequences of coronavirus will last beyond the period of school closures, disproportionately affecting marginalised girls. Girls are at greater risk of not returning back to school due to COVID-19.

Our goal is to make sure girls will go back to school after COVID-19 and to keep the girls motivated and engaged in learning activities in these hard times. At the end of July, we started with COVID-19 learning sessions for children in Tacloban and Palo, but due to another lockdown we had to unfortuantely cancel the session. As a result of the lockdown, children up to the age of 21 are not allowed to leave their houses and are therefore obligated to stay at home.

To address this problem Girls Got This has been actively busy setting up online learning sessions for these girls. The session include: programming skills for girls, mentorship trainings by our Girls Got This Ambassadors and coaches and girls empowerment classes were we focus on self confidence, self belief and self worth,  to make sure the girls can use their struggles as a strength, and most importantly, keep talking about their dreams and how they can achieve them.

To show emotional support during lockdown participants of the Philippine National Female Football made motivational videos for the girls, here they shared their journeys of becoming professional athletes, as a woman, what motivated them to succeed plus a few words of wisdom for the girls in our programme. Pauline Lopez, Gold Medalist winner in Taekwondo, has been doing online live sessions with small groups of girls. Here she shared some of her experiences and major highlights of learnings of her journey of becoming a high profile athlete.

Girls Got This continued doing food relief and hygiene kits for the most vulnerable girls and their families in the Philippines.We have shared over 400 food packs and hygiene kits in Tacloban region and will be handing out Girls Power Packs in the Northern Tacloban next week. These packs include sanitary napkins, special hygiene materials for women, baby powder for young mothers and activity books for girls in lockdown without any internet access. The activity books include educational resources as well as emotional support exercises that the girls can do at home while in lockdown.

To reflect back on our previous report, we continued with the 'Stand With Girls' campaign and we have reached over a 100 Girls Got This ambassadors, who are raising awareness for the problems girls in the Philippines face, especially during lockdown. We are still going strong with our 'stay at home' videos, which are shared on our social media platforms twice a week, to keep the children healthy and entertained during lockdown. We are very happy to announce that our Girls Got This project got shortlisted for the Beyond Sport Global Award 2020! Please follow the journey to see how we are promoting Decent Work & Economic Growth!

Thank you for all your support, which is what makes our work possible. 

For more information, follow our Girls Got This on Facebook or Instagram!

Stay safe, healthy and active during these very difficult times. 

Best wishes,

Melissa Karadana

COVID-19 community led educational sessions
COVID-19 community led educational sessions
Food distirbution
Food distirbution
Food distribution
Food distribution
Handing out food packs in Leyte Region
Handing out food packs in Leyte Region
WASH education by FundLife's coaches for parents
WASH education by FundLife's coaches for parents

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Aug 21, 2020

27,500 people Reached; Shifting to Children and Education

Dear Supporter,

We hope this update report finds you safe and well. 

We are writing to share with you our updated COVID-19 Response Report that covers our main activities and efforts throughout June and July. You will find the complete activity report attached to this email. We encourage you to peruse at your convenience to understand the impact your generous donation has had and continues to have on some of the most vulnerable people across the Philippines. 

At the time of writing the report, FundLife and it's local partners have reached over 27,500 people living in poverty and who have been put into poverty since COVID-19. Many of these people have been helped through on-going support and assistance. Full details of our on-going community efforts can be seen in the full report. 

The situation in the Philippines remains extremely precarious as quarantine measures are still in effect across all parts of the country.  While we are very pleased to report extreme lockdowns have eased somewhat in Cebu City, the economic impact very real with millions of people out of work and struggling to put food on their tables. A survey carried out in July showed that unemployment has passed 45% and Ibon Foundation, a think-tank NGO based in Manila estimates that out of the 18.7 million people the government earmarked for support, less than half have been reached, leaving over 8 million people out of work and out of any government-led help. 

In addition to responding to the primary needs of families and children, FundLife has been working to ensure education is not forgotten. At the time of writing, it has already been 160 days that children have been out of any learning and last week the Government announced that education won't resume until October at the earliest. The prospect of children returning to school this year is highly unlikely.

For the 250,000 children living in poverty across Cebu, this means they will almost certainly lose an entire year of education if they are not helped. Without access to learning online and with the backdrop of the dire financial situation at home, children as young as 10 risk dropping out of school completely. The risk for girls is even more pronounced as even before COVID-19, girls in poverty faced increased odds of being asked to give up education in order to look after siblings or take over house chores as parents are forced to work.

One example of this new threat is 16-year old Enerstina, who our team met to better understand how COVID-19 has impacted her life. She is just one adolescent girl of the thousands whose education has been ravaged by COVID-19. 

In response to this new reality for so many children and especially girls, FundLife will look to prioritise education for children and will start to reach children with special stay-at-home education packs.

We will share more about this in the coming weeks and also the impact your donations continue to have. As always, we remain grateful for the support you continue to provide and invite you to get in touch if you have any questions about our current work. 

With gratitude,
Marko 

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