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Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers

by Haligi ng Bata, Inc.
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
Send 200 Filipino kids to better daycare centers
New books for the Bay-O Daycare Learners
New books for the Bay-O Daycare Learners

The month of June is always a busy time in the Philippines because classes in public schools and public daycare centers begin in the first week. From May up to the second week of June, teachers, parents, and volunteer community members are already busy preparing their respective daycare centers and schools in welcoming a new batch of learners for the new school year. Creating fun, warm, equipped, and safe public classrooms is important to help students adjust to going back to school daily after a 2-month summer break. At the same time, classrooms should have a variety of educational spaces and activities that can pique the children's interests and encourage them to continuing going to school and participating in school activities. 

With these said, for this report we are focusing our attention to the daycare teachers and community heads from the four (4) original participants of HBI's Daycare Improvement Project and how they are preparing for the new school year now that they have the support of the project. 

Tubaday Daycare Center in Santol, La Union

On October 2018, the Tubaday Daycare Center received new books, new bookshelves, audio-video equipment and materials, instructional materials, new toys, and hygiene supplies from the donors of the Daycare Improvement Project. While these materials were quickly picked-up by the students, Tubaday's Daycare Teacher: Teacher Dominga, said that with the new school year starting, the materials and equipment will be fully integrated in their daily classes.

"We have to spread out the activities and make learning fun for the children for 6 hours a day from Monday to Friday. So for the first hour, we will have icebreakers like short sing and dance class using the videos and television from the project; the second hour will be an art and writing practice class where we will use the instructional materials from the donors; the third hour is a free playtime where children can pick up any toy they want and play together; the fourth hour is for the children's meals and lessons on hygiene and good grooming; the last hour is a story-telling session."

The Tubaday Community Leader, Mr. Alfredo, said that without the support of the Daycare Improvement Project funded through the GlobalGiving platform, daycare activities will be very limited. "One of my children attended this daycare center and there weren't a lot to do apart from trying to practice writing the alphabet and playing with a few toys that were already discarded by the nearest elementary school. It's good that our small daycare center can provide our community's children with fun and different lessons daily."

A total of approximately 48 students are enrolled in the Tubaday Daycare Center as of May 30, 2019. With enrolment still on-going, the daycare teacher expects additional children to be signed up to daycare by their parents in the coming weeks. 

Bay-O Daycare Center in Santol, La Union

Located in a nearby mountain range to Tubaday Daycare Center is the Bay-O Daycare Center. The community's leader, Mr. Paciano, recalls requesting the Santol Municipality's Social Welfare Office to send in support to their daycare center which has very limited educational materials last June 2018. The Municipal Office then informed HBI about the plight of the Bay-O Daycare Center which resulted to their identification and inclusion in the Daycare Improvement Project.

Mr. Paciano and the daycare center's teacher, Teacher Lita, were very happy for their students when they received similar educational and classroom improvement packages last October 2018. Teacher Lita added that "when the children first saw the building block toys, they didn't know how it worked. Eventually they figured it out and have been creating things from houses to cars to flowers. The way they gravitated towards these new learning materials made it easy for me to teach them and get them engaged daily."

This coming new school year, Mr. Paciano and some volunteer parents are building new shelves to store and safekeep the school's new supplies and audio-video equipment. Parents are also very happy that even if they are located in a hard-to-reach mountain area, their children can still take advantage of learning using more advanced methods like film showings and video read-alongs. "Services like these," according to Teacher Lita, "are usually just available in the lowland and in private schools that are expensive. Because of the support of the project's donors, even our poor Bay-O children are going to be learning in a more high-tech way."

A total of 37 students have signed up for the Bay-O Daycare Center for the June 2019 to March 2020 period. As enrolment will be on-going until September 2019, Bay-O Daycare's teacher is expecting a few more children to enrol and join their fun and engaging classes.

Antonino Daycare Center in Balaoan, La Union

While the Antonino Daycare Center is not as remote as the Bay-O and Tubaday Daycare Centers, they also encountered problems such as lack of teaching and educational materials due to the high number of students and enrollees. For the coming school year, a total of 55 children have already enrolled in the daycare center and while this was a problem before since at best they could only accommodate a maximum of 35 learners, this is no longer an issue now according to their daycare teacher, Teacher Mela, thanks to the new school materials and equipment provided by the Daycare Improvement Project and its donors.

"Before, we don't have enough books and toys that we can let the students use, so we had to limit the number of enrollees. Of course, we can't not accept students so we always go beyond the 35-children limit. Now though, we have a new television, new videos to show the children, new books, and new toys from the project, we are no longer that worried about being unable to provide quality daycare learning for all our students."

The community's leader, Mr. Concepcion, echoed Teacher Mela's sentiments. "Now we encourage the parents to enroll their children in our daycare. Before the project, we had to apologize and explain to parents why we cannot accommodate the children in the daycare center. This project is really a big help to us here in the Antonino Community."

Basig Daycare Center in Sudipen, La Union

The Basig Daycare Center stood out from the collective because apart from receiving educational and learning materials and equipment, they also received infrastructure support to repair and improve the daycare center. Whereas before it looked like a make-shift children's activity center, now it looks more like a classroom adorned with new books, new toys, new tables and chairs, and new audio-video equipment.

Basig Daycare's Teacher, Teacher Fema, shares that this year is her least problematic year in terms of preparing the daycare center for her students. "Before, I had to use my own limited financial resources just so the daycare center will have new lights or school supplies like pad papers and pencils. I also ask parents to donate but since they are also struggling financially, we don't really have enough to make improvements possible. It's so different now because the classroom is newly-refurbished and we have a lot of school materials and equipment for the children."

Because of the improvements made possible by the project's donors, the Basig Daycare Center is now a safe and conducive place for young minds to learn, socialize, and experience what school feels like. For this school year, the Basig Daycare Center will welcome 33 new learners between the ages of 3 to 5 years old. As with the other daycare centers aided by the project, more children are expected to join the class as the enrolment period continues.

Our continued thanks for your support

As always, we would like to sincerely thank all the donors and advocates who continue supporting the Daycare Improvement Project. We urge you to send in any questions or concerns you have about the project and we look forward to speaking with you about them. On HBI's end, we are also quite excited to be meeting GlobalGiving's representative this coming August 2019 as she plans on visiting the daycare centers aided by the project. We hope that these planned visits happen so that the daycare teachers and students can meet one of the people who made the improvements possible.

Using building block toys for the first time
Using building block toys for the first time
Bay-O Daycare Center
Bay-O Daycare Center's Teacher Lita
New school materials being used at Tubaday
New school materials being used at Tubaday
Picture books are also a big hit to daycare kids
Picture books are also a big hit to daycare kids
We aim to reach more daycare students in need
We aim to reach more daycare students in need

No Longer Resembling a Chicken Coop: The Basig Daycare Center 

Among the four public daycare centers of the Daycare Improvement Project, it is the Basig Daycare Center in Sudipen, La Union that needed the most help. Apart from the lack of educational materials, toys, and instructional materials, it needed major building renovations ranging from simple classroom repainting to intricate building wiring so that the daycare center will finally have electricity.

Complicating matters is the daycare center's remote mountainous location. Although accessible by a 4x4 vehicle or a motorcycle, the mountain roads leading to the Basig Community are prone to landslides and due to the effects of 2018's Typhoon Mangkhut, the community roads were closed for repairs for approximately two months. This delayed the delivery of daycare and building repair materials since the community can only be reached by foot while road works were on-going.

Finally on the last week of November 2018, community roads were re-opened and materials were finally delivered to start the rehabilitation of the Basig Daycare Center. The students' parents volunteered their time to improve the daycare center, while the Basig Community Officials pitched in to get a skilled electrician to supervise building wiring. Day in, day out, community volunteers repainted the building, refurbished classroom chairs & tables, installed electrical outlets and lights, and replaced broken roofs, windows and doors, among others. To not disrupt classes, the daycare learners used a classroom in a nearby public elementary school while repair works were on-going.

By the second week of December 2018, the newly-rehabilitated Basig Daycare Center was ready to receive new books, instructional materials, educational toys, students' hygiene kits, and audio-visual equipment. With the help of the Sudipen Municipal Government, HBI delivered all identified needed materials and equipment in time for the re-opening of daycare classes on January 2019.

The support that you, our donors, made possible brought beaming smiles to the daycare's 50 students.The moms are very happy that their children are now studying in a proper and well-equipped daycare center that "no longer looks like a chicken coop or a dark stockroom". According to Mrs. Emma Mostoles of the Sudipen Municipal Social Welfare Office, "the kids and parents of Basig are very happy for the support they received from the GlobalGiving donors. We hope you can help more daycare centers like us in the near future.

Exceeding Funding Goals Means Reaching More Public Daycare Centers and Students in Need

As we have mentioned in our previous report, the Daycare Improvement Project has already exceeded its initial funding requirement of US$ 5,000 and is now nearing the US$ 7,500 mark in donations. Exceeding funding goals through the support of our donors means that we can now reach more needy public daycare centers and students in the La Union Province.

One of the new daycare centers that the project has supported is the Cabalitocan Daycare Center in Luna, La Union. Through your continued support, the daycare center has been provided with additional instructional and learning materials, while its 30 learners were provided with school supplies and hygiene kits. In the coming months, we are planning on extending support to another daycare center: the Pitpitac Daycare Center in Luna, La Union which has approximately 31 students.  

Apart from monetary donations, the Daycare Improvement Project also recently received gifts in kind from SM North Edsa - a popular local shopping mall. After seeing our website and reading about the Daycare Improvement Project in our GlobalGiving Page, they decided to donate 900 toys that can be distributed to the target daycare centers and to other needy schools and daycares. HBI is going to be distributing these toys in the coming months as well. You will read all about this in our next report!

Our Most Heartfelt Thanks to Our Donors and Advocates

As always, we cannot thank our project's donors and advocates enough for the continued support they have extended to the Daycare Improvement Project. Your help matters to the children and we are going to continue doing our very best work so that we can help and improve more daycare centers in the future. 

Before the Project: Basig Daycare Center
Before the Project: Basig Daycare Center
After the Project: The Basig Daycare Center
After the Project: The Basig Daycare Center
Extending Help to the Cabalitocan Daycare Center
Extending Help to the Cabalitocan Daycare Center
Gifts In Kind for the Daycare Project
Gifts In Kind for the Daycare Project
Tubaday daycare learners with hygiene kits & toys
Tubaday daycare learners with hygiene kits & toys

On October 16, 2018, the HBI Team visited three (3) daycare centers to personally hand educational materials and supplies to the daycare learners and their teachers. These daycare centers are the Tubaday Daycare Center and Bay-O Daycare Center - both in Santol, La Union Province, and the San Antonino Daycare Center in Balaoan, La Union.

It was an adventure just getting there

While the San Antonino Daycare Center is easily accessible from the main provincial highway, it was a different story altogether for the Tubaday and Bay-O Daycare Centers. It was an adventure just to reach these daycare centers. Located in the heart of the Cordillera Mountain Range, the HBI Team - with the help of the Santol Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office - traversed the largely unpaved and narrow mountain roads leading to Tubaday and Bay-O by foot, car, and motorcycle. Our journey was made even trickier by the number of roads that were unpassable due to the effects of Typhoon Mangkhut.

Traversing one mountain road after another, we had to take especially good care of the important cargo that your donations made possible: the kids' hygiene kits, new toys, story books & coloring/activity books, and school supplies; and daycare equipment and materials such as bookshelves, LED televisions, and other needs like educational videos, puzzle mats, and kitchen utensils & equipment.

Seeing the smiles and enthusiasm of the daycare kids made the trip heartwarming

The first mountain daycare center we reached was the Bay-O Daycare Center. When we got there, the students were having their late breakfast. Though they were shy at first, the kids could not contain their curiousity about the things we brought with us. Before long, they have warmed up as they play with their new building block sets and flip through their new books. Parents were happy that their children are very excited to try their new toys and learn with audio-visual equipment. The daycare teacher, Mrs. Lita Bogtong, teared up a little as she shared a short message of thanks. This is the first time that private donors were able to help their humble daycare center.

The second mountain community, the Tubaday Daycare Center, was located inside a small public primary school. Students and the teacher welcomed the HBI Team, while the parents and community leaders profusely thanked the project's donors for making sure that the Tubaday kids will have access to engaging learning materials and toys.

The HBI Team came down from the hinterlands of Santol, La Union to reach the San Antonino Daycare Center in Balaoan, La Union. Kids here were already excited to greet us and were already using and playing with their new classroom materials even before a short getting-to-know-you program ended.

In total, approximately 150 indigent children between the ages of 3 to 5 years old were reached by the project as they are now going to better-equipped public daycare centers which now offers a variety of learning activities from story-telling, play and socialization time, and audio-video learning.  

The mountain roads we drove and walked on may have made the trip quite memorable, but seeing the smiles and enthusiasm of the Bay-O, Tubaday, and San Antonino kids, daycare teachers, and parents as they receive and open their new books and daycare materials really warmed our hearts and brought a few tears to our eyes. The project may be small in the grand scheme of things, but seeing the project in action reinforces the feeling that what you helped fund is an important and valuable set of support that has the potential to change a child's life for the better.

There's More to Come - The Basig Daycare Center in Sudipen, La Union

Currently, education & learning materials are being delivered to Basig Daycare Center in Sudipen, La Union. On top of these, the daycare center - which was damaged by Typhoon Mangkhut - is also receiving infrastructure repair support from the Daycare Improvement Project. The delay in reaching the Basig Daycare Center was caused by logistical issues stemming from the effects of Typhoon Mangkhut and the untimely demise of the town's mayor. We expect to complete the project in Basig Daycare Center before 2018 ends.

Exceeding the Initial Fundraising Goal and Our Fervent Thanks

As of December 6, 2018, we have exceeded the initial US$ 5,000 fundraising goal and have raised a total of US$ 6,096. The excess amount will be used to provide additional materials for the four daycare centers, while at the same trying to reach and help learners in other public daycare centers in the Province of La Union. We will of course keep you updated with any further developments about the Daycare Improvement Project through the reports in GlobalGiving and through our social media channels. We also urge donors to contact us for any questions they may have about the project and beneficiaries.

We cannot thank you enough, our dear donors. You believed in the Daycare Improvement Project's potential and shared your resources with the children we aim to help. Like before, we will continue doing our very best work to make this project a success.

For now, in behalf of the daycare learners, teachers, and parents, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May your holiday season be filled with love, kindness, and gratitude. 

Provided Daycare Materials & Equipment
Provided Daycare Materials & Equipment
Santol, La Union
Santol, La Union's Mountain Roads
Tubaday: Photos of Daycare Materials Distribution
Tubaday: Photos of Daycare Materials Distribution
Bay-O: Provided Daycare Materials and Equipment
Bay-O: Provided Daycare Materials and Equipment
San Antonino: Provided daycare needs
San Antonino: Provided daycare needs
A daycare learner; photo by Exposure PH for HBI
A daycare learner; photo by Exposure PH for HBI

Every little bit helps.

In May 2018, we at Haligi ng Bata, Inc. (HBI) sat down to conceptualize our first crowdfunding initiative. As we explored potential development projects, we realized it should be something that embodies our organization’s core values.

At our very core, we believe that there are no “small” projects. Every development project – regardless of size, budget, and scope – has the potential to make a valuable difference in a poor child’s life.

Public Daycare Centers: Underfunded and "Just a Play School"

In the Philippines, local community governments (or barangays) fund public daycare centers. Richer communities are more likely to have good daycare facilities.

In the poor and far-flung communities of Sudipen, Santol, and Balaoan where at least 80% of the population live below the poverty line, public daycare centers are easy to overlook and thus, are underfunded. The La Union parents shared with us their personal stories of public community daycare centers that their children had to make do with.

Annabelle Flores, an HBI community leader with five children, shared that the public daycare center in their barangay "was so poorly ventilated, children usually escape from class to go home." Melvin Mingaracal, another HBI volunteer, recalled how her two sons went to a "daycare center that can be mistaken for a stockroom instead of a classroom."

Mary Jane Apulog, a farmer and a single mother to two children, confessed that the daycare center her kids went to was so poorly equipped that they "cannot read or write that well when they started elementary school."

It also doesn't help that public daycares are usually regarded as more of a play school, instead of institutions that provide early childhood education and development.

According to Mrs. Lita Bogtong, the daycare teacher at Bay-o Daycare Center, "Sometimes, parents ask me if they can also leave their babies and toddlers in the daycare center. They think we're baby-sitters or 'yayas'. I don't think they know or see the importance of daycare learning – but I can't blame them for thinking that way because we can't really offer a lot of stimulating activities for their children."

HBI has been active in the La Union province since 1996. In over 20 years, we and our donors have supported approximately 10,000 of La Union's most indigent children with their education and health needs. Along with this, we also implemented capacity building, livelihood, and skills programs to help the children’s families.

 Our programs cover four key areas:

  • School support for students - providing students with all their needed school supplies & needs
  • Health – implementing supplemental feeding programs, providing hygiene training and supplies for the children and the schools’ clinics
  • School Improvement – providing new classrooms, books, and multimedia learning materials
  • Livelihood – establishing joint livelihood projects with the students' parents so that they can sustain the positive changes in their schools with minimal state and nonprofit support.

But to be really honest, due to the high number of poor students and public elementary schools in La Union and our other project areas, we are also guilty of not prioritizing daycare centers. After all, we are just a small nonprofit grappling with limited resources. We cannot help everybody even if we want to.

Then it hit us – what we are about – and we realized that daycares may be small and easy to disregard, but the service they provide makes a lasting impact in the lives of their students, in the sense that a child's daycare experiences can affect how he or she feels about future schooling and further education. Viewed from this perspective, making public daycare centers better cannot and should not be considered a small project.

Status of the Daycare Center Improvement Project in Sudipen, Balaoan, and Santol, La Union

Months after the June 2018 GlobalGiving Accelerator Program, HBI has now finished re-validating the identified needs of the Tubaday Daycare Center, the Bay-O Daycare Center, the Basig Daycare Center, and the San Antonino Daycare Center.

The most common needs are drawing books, story books, and educational toys. Children are also in need of hygiene kits which they use in their daycare good grooming classes and school supplies for daily classroom activities such as practicing how to write and draw. These daycare centers also need audio-visual equipment like televisions and educational videos.

Mrs. Dominga Rimando, the daycare teacher at Tubaday Daycare Center, shares that the biggest challenge that public daycare centers face is the lack of materials and equipment to capture the attention of daycare learners. "Kids have very short attention spans," Dominga says. "Since we do not have toys that they can play with or videos to show them, I feel like most of the kids are not really happy to be in our daycare center. I can see it in their eyes – they’re bored and can't wait to go home."

While HBI is currently busy purchasing all the identified needed daycare materials and equipment, our La Union Community Worker and Foreman are now coordinating with volunteer parents to build bookshelves and/or children's tables for the four daycare centers. We have attached a short timeline and implementation schedule of the Daycare Improvement Project that you helped fund so that you know where we currently stand. We expect to deliver all needed materials and equipment for the four daycare centers by the second week of October 2018.  

A Thank You for Your Support and For Helping in Carrying the Load

The Daycare Improvement Project is a big responsibility and we thank you for choosing to support these remote daycare centers and their poor students. Through your help, four daycare centers are now on their way at having a fighting chance at imparting better daycare learning and experiences to 200 currently enrolled students and future children who would use their facilities.

We hope to reach more daycare centers in need and we welcome not only your continued support but also your suggestions and comments about what more can be done to improve public daycares in the Philippines.

For now though, there are books, toys, and art materials to be purchased, and there are bookshelves and tables to be made. We cannot wait to share with you on our next report the happy faces of the daycare students enjoying their new learning materials in their better daycare centers. Every little bit helps.

Daycare Students of the Bay-o Daycare Center
Daycare Students of the Bay-o Daycare Center
The Tubaday Daycare Center and its students
The Tubaday Daycare Center and its students
San Antonino Daycare Center in Balaoan, La  Union
San Antonino Daycare Center in Balaoan, La Union
Basig (Sudipen) & Bay-O (Santol) Daycare Centers
Basig (Sudipen) & Bay-O (Santol) Daycare Centers
Meeting with some of the Basig, Sudipen Parents
Meeting with some of the Basig, Sudipen Parents

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