Community Feeding Program by FundLife in Leyte
Firstly, from everyone at FundLife, we hope this mail finds you and those closest to you safe and healthy.
In sharing our latest update on the work your gifts are directly supporting. We hope you are encouraged by our impact and the real difference it is making to some of the hardest to reach communities in Leyte and Cebu. Because of your help, we have been able to reach thousands of children, young people and their families who continue to feel the devastating and prolonged impact of COVID-19.
A 5-min video showing Our Response
To better demonstrate our work, we share our COVID-19 Response Video here, which shows all of our activities over the last 12 months that were made possible through your donations.
Month by Month Report for our Work (See Attached File).
We also share a detailed report that shows the reach of our COVID-19 response. In total, we were able to provide consistent support during the last 12 months for over 35,000 people through food, hygiene and educational packs to keep them safe and in food security. In addition to this, we have been able to launch and sustain several education interventions for children and youth from these same communities. Much of this would not have been possible without the support of the GlobalGiving community.
An example of Youth Leadership in Action
One fantastic story from just one of the young people FundLife works with is, Yman, who started with FundLife as a student and play in 2014 and has developed into an amazing youth role model for her peers and children. Yman has been one of the countless youth leaders active in leading COVID-19 Education Sessions for children. To read more about Yman's work, please follow our social media pages..
A detailed update on our work to help children and youth.
Since June 2020, our team has created, produced and shared via social media over 70 education and protection videos to help youth cope with COVID-19 lockdowns. The videos were viewed over 100,000 times and our posts for youth had a total reach of 650,000 people across the Philippines. These videos have provided vital social and emotional support for youth who are suffering from the impact of highly disrupted learning and social life.
In December, we conducted a youth survey with over 250 highly vulnerable youth, which found over 80% of young people were experiencing anxiety and worry since COVID-19. It also showed that 64% of youth found it difficult or very difficult to learn effectively from home. This survey confirmed wider data that showed the impact of COVID-19 has contributed to over 2 million students dropping out of formal education. Moreover, our own research shows that those still in education are not able to keep up with the work.
Our Planned Response over the next 3 months
- Continue with safe-at-home packs; targeting vulnerable youth and adolescent girls
- Deliver personal and professional training for adolescent girls through our GirlsGotThis.org programming
- Continue to create 'safe learning spaces for children to access support for their studies in an enabling learning environment
- The Creation of smart classrooms and purchases of key equipment for youth to access learning
In order to keep our vital work going, we ask for your continued support by sharing our video and reports and where possible, support us to reach even more young people. As you can read below, the new emergency for so many children is education.
From the entire FundLife team,
Thank you for your support!
Further situational analysis of growing educational emergency in the Philippines due to COVID-19.
11th March 2021, marks exactly one year since the first school closed its doors to students in the Philippines. By the end of March 2020, all public schools, which support 25 Million students, were closed due to COVID-19. One year later, all schools remain shut for regular classes with there being no plans to reopen until vaccines are available. According to a recent report by WHO, this might not be before 2023, at the earliest.
In order to keep learning, children are required to study from their homes, often without access to online resources or teacher support. Before COVID-19, five out of ten families were deprived of access to basic education. The onset of the pandemic and subsequent closure of schools has exacerbated the education emergency for millions of children.
We continue to support children with our existing programming and exploring partnerships with the Ministry of Education offices, schools and all stakeholders seeking to help children keep learning.
Checking on of students out of classroom
In-community safe-at-home pack delivery
Safe Play and Education being Delivered
Inviting Women to Receive Safe-At-Home PacksAttachments: