Opportunities for schooling taken for granted elsewhere are not always available to children in remote rural areas in the Philippines. FPVI enables vulnerable high school-age children in Tunga, the smallest town in Leyte, to continue with their schooling by helping with school-related costs, plus mentoring & monitoring of their general well-being. In this pandemic time, FPVI provides them with tools for online group tutorials & activities, & projects in aid of mental & emotional wellness.
A major consequence of super typhoon Haiyan that struck Leyte, Philippines in 2013 & caused total loss of viable farming was the mass movement of adults to the cities to look for work. Children were abandoned; many dropped out of school. Seven years later, families reliant on farming & daily wage labor continue to struggle, making the children's education a low priority in the family's economy. Under the pandemic, a new set of tough challenges has presented itself to already struggling families.
In pre-pandemic time, FPVI provided its Fellows with weekly mentoring sessions from volunteer teachers. FPVI also nurtured & helped them support each other to foster a sustained sense of belonging. During pandemic time, FPVI provides them not only with academic support but also & more importantly support for their emotional & mental well-being. The FPVI Program aims to ensure that children in its care thrive even in challenging situations & become productive young adults & citizens.
By receiving the opportunity to finish high school, FPVI Fellows can pursue college education or train for a vocational skill. Education & training will increase their chances of earning a good livelihood or getting a job that will make them productive members of the community. Living in adverse times & situations also develops their resiliency for what FPVI helps them to be in the future - to act in a support capacity to other children who may need the assistance they themselves have received.