We hope this email finds you well and safe.
We are writing to give you the latest updates from FundLife's work across our education projects in Leyte and Cebu, supporting marginalised children and youth who have further suffered due to the impact the COVID-19 restrictions have had on their education.
With your support, FundLife continues to provide vital support to children, most of whom did not access face-to-face education between March 2020 - November 2022 due to the educational suspension caused by COVID-19. Our teams on the ground continue to reach children every single day. Below is a snapshot of some updates from Dec 2022 - Feb 2023 with some photos of our work in action;
To learn more about our work, please follow our social media pages which will begin to be updated regularly.
We remain grateful for your support and look forward to sharing more life-changing updates over the coming months.
We hope this report finds you well and excited to read what we have been up to!
We kick off with great news!
We are delighted to report that over 80% of all schools in the Philippines have resumed full-time face-to-face learning for their students. This news greatly relieves parents, teachers and children who have endured disruptions for over 30 months to regular face-to-face classes.
While this is news to celebrate, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to touch the lives of children as they struggle to recover from the learning they have lost. Research undertaken with our partner schools has found that as many as 8 out of 10 children are below the national average for reading and numeracy - a direct consequence of the learning they have lost in the last 2.5 years. To ensure children not only stay in school but can achieve their full potential, FundLife has and will continue to launch innovative educational opportunities to accelerate the learning of all children - more of this a little later!
Here is a brief update on what we have been doing in the last three months;
FundLife has remained on the front lines of supporting children during the last few months. In Tacloban, we have continued to reach children through our Community Learning Spaces, our ongoing Girls' and Boys' Community Sports Leagues continue to provide children with access to play, learning and mentorship regularly. We have attached some of our highlights from July and August, showing exactly the impact we have been able to have.
In Cebu, we have continued to deliver COVID-19 recovery projects to support adolescent girls and deliver back-to-work training programs to enable young vulnerable women to secure safe and dignified employment. For more details of our Cebu and girls' led programming, please see our #StandWithGirls dedicated page on GlobalGiving.
Get to know some of the youth coaches that are supporting our project participants:
We hope you will be encouraged by the progress we are making and the transformative impact your support continues to provide for all so many children across Leyte and Cebu. We cannot do this alone and we look forward to having your support during these last few months in 2022.
As we stay focused to close out this year full speed ahead, we send you our very best advance wishes for the upcoming holiday season!
Yours in Colour,
We hope this email finds you well and safe.
It has been an incredibly busy and exciting last three months at FundLife as we continue to ramp up our programming and return to some level of pre-COVID-19 interaction with children. The most impactful and significant update is that after more than two years of school closures, children are finally starting to return to classroom education. Although full-time classroom education is not due to begin until September, the gradual reopening of schools has been a positive light on what has been an extremely difficult time for children.
Below are some of our highlights over the last three months and also our 2022 impact, as we have just finished our bi-annual impact report.
SNAPSHOT OF OUR REACH in 2022
Some Highlights of the last three months:
MEET OUR YOUNG CHAMPIONS:
As always, thank you for all of your support and believing in us so that we can believe in their dreams!
9 days from now, (March 11th) will mark two full years since children in the Philippines were last allowed to step into a formal classroom. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions imposed on children, almost all public schools in the Philippines have remained shut.
Since the pandemic began some 750 days ago, FundLife has been responding to reach children who have been worse impacted by the restrictions to their learning and personal well-being. In the last three months, here are some of the noticeable updates and accomplishments we have managed to achieve due to your ongoing support and contributions*;
In addition to the continuation of our direct learning initiatives, FundLife has also been working directly with local education officials, advocating and campaigning for additional learning spaces to be opened for the safe reopening of schools so all children can return to full-time education.
Over the coming weeks, FundLife plans to further extend our reach to children by launching the following new activities in March;
During these distressing times in the Philippines and also the world over, we remain grateful for your ongoing support of our work. Our lines remain open should you have any further questions about our COVID-19 response as well as post-COVID-19 programming that is slowly starting to be delivered.
With sincere gratitude,
*On December 16th, Typhoon Rai/Odette struck the Philippines and caused widespread damage across Cebu and Southern parts of Leyte, and directly impacting communities we support. As a result of the typhoon, many of our regular programs in Cebu were impacted for a number of weeks. For detailed reports and updates on our Typhoon Odette Response, please visit Typhoon Rai Response Page.
We hope our latest update finds you safe and well.
We are sharing our 10th COVID-19 Response report, highlighting our activities and achievements from July - October 2021 in Cebu and Leyte. Since our last report, the Philippines has become the only country in the world that has not reopened schools.
At the time of writing, it means children have been out of school for 602 consecutive days, prolonging the emergency and making our response all the more imperative. Here are the impact snapshots since in the last 3 months.
The impact of these direct interventions on the educational and psychosocial welfare of children cannot be understated as we enter the 20th month of the COVID-19 emergency. With a recent announcement that public schools will not reopen until March 2022, at the earliest, our focus continues to be reaching and teaching children to ensure they will return when schools reopen in 2022. Our next steps between now and the new year are;
We again thank you for your ongoing support of our work and share photos and links to demonstrate the impact our work is having.
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In gratitude and with hope,
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