COVID-19 Emergency Response in the Philippines

by FundLife International
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COVID-19 Emergency Response in the Philippines
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New learning space in Tacloban launched
New learning space in Tacloban launched

Dear Friends,

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*;

  • 279 Children reached in Tacloban with 'Dream Packs' consisting of learning activities and games to be played at home during restrictions stopping children from leaving their homes

  • 155 Girls reached across Cebu with 'Learn-at-Home' Packs and Mentorship Support sessions. As well as direct social, emotional and educational support, girls were given stationery kits, resiliency activity packs and mental-wellbeing support tools to help them during the school shutdowns 

  • 2 New 'Community Learning Spaces' launched in Tacloban, providing direct and regular access to learning for 98 children every week

  • Delivered 78 play-Based Learning and Social sessions for children across Leyte, amounting to over direct 210 learning and support hours for children

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;

  • Resume the Girls and Boys Community League project, that will provide regular structured futsal leagues to vulnerable children (project has stopped since Feb 2020 due to COVID)

  • Distribute a further 498 Dream Packs and Learn-from-Home packs to vulnerable children and adolecents across Leyte and Cebu.

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,

Marko

 

 

*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.

The Impact of CLS to children
The Impact of CLS to children
CLS session taking place under COVID-19 protocols
CLS session taking place under COVID-19 protocols
Dream Packs being prepared
Dream Packs being prepared
Girls in Cebu receiving 'Learn-at-Home Packs
Girls in Cebu receiving 'Learn-at-Home Packs

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Learn at Home Distribution in Cebu City Continue
Learn at Home Distribution in Cebu City Continue

Dear Supporter,

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.

  • We have reached an additional 294 highly vulnerable youth with  'Safe and Learn-from-Home' packs, taking our total reach to 1,063 vulnerable youth in the last nine months. 

  • We have continued to deliver  'Community Learning Spaces' in Leyte, providing access to safe learning zones for children who do not have access to learning spaces. In total, 240 children have been impacted through regular access to mentors and a safe learning environment since it was launched in partnership with local health authorities.

  • We have supported an additional 96 youth through the delivery an 12 mentorship sessions across Cebu and Leyte

  • Created and delivered reading and comprehension support classes for 82 learners identified as slow and non-readers from 3 established CLS in Leyte. In addition to direct support to sustain their education, youth have also been attending mentorship sessions to improve their SEL

  • We have continued to produce and share educational and social issue videos by the youth for the youth. In total, we have produced 23 new Stay at Home Exercise videos and 10 educational videos tackling various social issues that have gained over 47,761 unique views.

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;

  • Reach an additional 240 children by launching the Community Learning Spaces in 8 new communities (30 children per community) across North Tacloban, where we have been advised children are facing increased risks of educational deficit and drop out. 

  • Continue to reach and extend support to existing communities across Leyte and Cebu, and monitor the ongoing mental health of youth in the hardest to reach communities.  


We again thank you for your ongoing support of our work and share photos and links to demonstrate the impact our work is having.

For more info please do follow us on FB where we make daily updates www.facebook.com/fundlife and www.facebook.com/girlsgotthis 

In gratitude and with hope,

FundLife Team

How the CLS help children stay in learning
How the CLS help children stay in learning
Girl doing work during mentorship session
Girl doing work during mentorship session
Safe at Home Distrbution in Lapu Lapu
Safe at Home Distrbution in Lapu Lapu
Community distribution of learning kits in Leyte
Community distribution of learning kits in Leyte
Girls in Cebu receive their learning kits
Girls in Cebu receive their learning kits
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Learn at Home Distribution in Cebu City
Learn at Home Distribution in Cebu City

Dear Supporter,

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

We are sharing our 9th COVID-19 Response Report, highlighting our activities and achievements from April - June 2021 in Cebu and Leyte. Since our last report, here are some of the key interventions and impacts we have achieved thanks to your generous donations;

  • Our community teams launched and Distributed 'Learn-from-Home' packs, adding mental and educational support for youth who have been out of education for 480 days. From April - June, we have reached 496 additional vulnerable adolescents with vital packs, social support and mentorship classes

  • We launched our  'Community Learning Spaces' in Leyte, providing access to safe learning zones for children who do not have access to learning spaces. In total, 105 children have been using the space since it was launched in partnership with local health authorities.

  • Delivered 14 mentorship sessions across Cebu and Leyte with youth and conducted needs assessment with over 150 youth across Cebu.

  • Produced and Uploaded 20 new educational videos for youth, with a combined total 19,000 views from across the Philippines

  • Delivered our 'Girls Got This Works' COVID-19 employment pathway for 8 young women, with a 50% employment success rate

 

A situational Snapshot - July 2021

FundLife continues to be deeply concerned by the ongoing educational shutdown and child rights emergency that has seen children out of school for 480 consecutive days - the longest educational shutdown across all of Asia. 

In addition to children missing out on learning, they have also been subject to home curfew orders, which has created concerns over their physical and mental health. With the Philippines not yet open for domestic or foreign travel, the economic impact of COVID-19 continues to impact the most marginalised communities.

While the impacts of COVID-19 are far-reaching, the consequences of the prolonged lockdowns are most pronounced for children and their ability to access quality education and opportunities to reach their full potential. Our commitment over the coming months is to support the restoration of educational services for children where we have reach. 

Priorities for the next three months

 

  • Consolidate our learn-from-home distributions by reaching a further 1,500 at-risk youth over the coming weeks

 

  • Continue to provide support for vulnerable children from Leyte with the extension of ‘Safe Learning Zones’, scaling the reach to 250 children per week

 

 

  • Develop and Launch our Dream Lab Academy to provide economic pathways for 25 out of education and employment youth and supporting their transition into decent employment. 

We close by again extending our gratitude at the level of support our work has been given through generous donations such as yours. We share some photos and links to demonstrate the impact our work is having.

For more info please do follow us on FB where we make daily updates www.facebook.com/fundlife and www.facebook.com/girlsgotthis 

With gratitude and hope,

Marko

 

 

Girls take part in an online mentorship session
Girls take part in an online mentorship session
One on one learning delivered
One on one learning delivered
Community Learning Sessions
Community Learning Sessions
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A child During Community Learning Session
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Children during distribution in Cebu City

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Community Feeding Program by FundLife in Leyte

Dear Supporter,

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
Checking on of students out of classroom
In-community safe-at-home pack delivery
In-community safe-at-home pack delivery
Safe Play and Education being Delivered
Safe Play and Education being Delivered
Inviting Women to Receive Safe-At-Home Packs
Inviting Women to Receive Safe-At-Home Packs

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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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