Opportunities for schooling taken for granted elsewhere are not always available to children in remote rural areas in the Philippines. FPVI enables high school-age children who have been abandoned or are in extreme need, in the town of Tunga, in Leyte province, Philippines, to continue their education through assistance with school fees, school lunches, transportation, homework and project support, as well as counselling and monitoring of the children's general well-being.
One of the little known consequences of the super typhoon Haiyan that struck the mainly agricultural province of Leyte, Philippines in 2013 was the mass movement of adults, usually heads of families, to the major city centers to look for work after the total loss of viable farming. In some cases, one or both parents left their family home, resulting in abandonment of children, leaving them vulnerable. Many dropped out of school, or experienced serious threat of discontinuing their schooling.
FPVI complements local government and community efforts. It re-enrolled the children in school and established weekly supplemental study sessions and additional instructions from volunteer teachers. It nurtured and helped children support each other to foster a sustained sense of belonging. FPVI acts to ensure that the child overlooked, or neglected, or discarded, is brought back into a context in which he or she may thrive, and become productive young adults and citizens.
In affording them the opportunity to study and complete high school education, children in this program can pursue college education or train for a vocational skill in trade schools. Education and training will increase their chances of earning a good livelihood or getting a job, and will make of them productive members of the community and, potentially, act in a support capacity to other children who may need the assistance that they themselves received.
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