Like the rest of the world, Young Focus is also experiencing the negative effects of Covid-19. Manila has been under lockdown since March and that has limited our operations in our school dropout programs.
We have not been allowed to meet in classrooms. The communities we work in have been under strict quarantine so even visiting our students has been difficult.
Another issue arose: because of the lockdown our beneficiaries from the communities were not allowed to work: No work = no pay = no rice on the table! As a response to this particular need Young Focus initiated a rice campaign. Every two weeks we have been distributing 15kg of rice to each familie. In total we have distributed about 65,000 kilos of rice to thousands of people.
On top of this coronacrisis, a number of our beneficiaries also experienced a fire in the community: thousands of families ended up on the street. Together with other NGOs we were able to help out, provide food and rebuild some of the houses as well.
It is a tough time we are all facing, but thank you for your support and participation in the projects we are running. Without you we can not do what we want to do. Thanks for believing in us.
Our school drop-out youth joined the celebration of the National Language month by showcasing their talents in singing, poetry writing, cultural dancing and pageantry.
The program emphasized the preservation of culture, heritage, and identity through Filipino and indigenous languages. Besides demonstrating love for the Filipino language, the different competitions also gave the participants the opportunity to develop self-confidence.
Our school drop-out children would normally miss these precious moments as these celebrations are huge in the Filipino schools. Young Focus wants to celebrate this "Buwan ng Wika" (Month of the National Language) so they can be prous of being a Filipino.
The staff were proud to see how these participants had developed their talents and improved through practice and determination!
Greetings from Manila! One of the school dropout programs is called 'Love2Learn'. Love2Learn children are children from ages 8 up to 15. Recently they had an educational tour at the National Museum of Natural History and the National Planetarium in celebration of the Museums and Galleries Month. They were overjoyed with the experience. A side trip to the Manila's Luneta Park made it even more meaningful -- they rode a train, ate ice cream, watched the birds and shared a good laugh with their classmates. This tour gave them multi-sensory opportunities for learning that is sure to last a lifetime.
Just over 60 children attend the Love2Learn classes and our vision is that they will be able to go back to a regular school after this school year. We wish them good luck!
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