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by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
Support Education in Tacloban
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We've recently distributed more school books

Thank you so much once again for supporting education in Tacloban.

In our last project report, we looked back on our work in Tacloban over the last three years, and described how your incredible support has enabled us to support the education of over 5,100 children. In that report, we also explained how we’d be retiring this project on GlobalGiving once we’d completed the distribution of another 20,000 books to typhoon-affected schools.

That work is now complete, and so we’re writing again today with this, our last project report from Tacloban. We asked our local project manager, Siggy, to describe the book distributions:

“After some months of waiting, finally the books arrived in Tacloban City airport through the aid of the Philippine Air force. IDV help in unloading and transporting the books to be sorted at a volunteer residence at Brgy Apitong, Tacloban City.

Upon sorting we travelled 18 km south of Tacloban, to a second class municipality where most of the jobs [are] in agriculture and fishery. This town is called Tanuan, and there were five sites for the book distribution identified through the effort of two local volunteers.

The IDV truck was loaded with books from Tacloban to be delivered in the following schools; Tanuan School of Art & Trade, Our Lady of Assumption, Tanuan School of Craftsman and Home Industries, Tanuan National High School, and Kiling National High School. Together these schools teach around 3,130 students.

After Tanuan deliveries we also did few drops in Tacloban City, one is Tacloban City Night School with the population of more or less 130 students. This school was established after typhoon Haiyan battered the city, due to the demand of some students who want help in rebuilding their lives after the disaster. These student work in [the] day time and go to school at night.

Books were also delivered to Macalpi-ay National High school in Pastrana, Leyte with the population of 121 students. Most of the books were math, physics and chemistry since the previous delivery, dated Nov. 2015, was more on English and history.

The other distributions were done in parts of Leyte, and the rest of the books were delivered by IDV to the town of Balangiga, in Eastern Samar.”

Overall these book distributions will help support the education of thousands of students after typhoon Haiyan, and we can’t thank you enough for making this final work possible.

With these distributions complete all that now remains to be done is the handover of our two trusty multi-cab trucks.

The first of these we’ve decided to donate to our amazing local partners in Manila, a people’s organisation called Buklod Tao. This group, which has over 600 members, have been fighting to make their community stronger and more disaster resistant since 1996.

We’ve worked with Buklod Tao since 2012, and we’ve seen first-hand what an incredible impact their projects make. From building flood rescue boats, to managing an evacuation centre and providing hot meals after typhoons, our truck will help Buklod Tao continue protecting hundreds of families from disaster.

The second truck will remain in Tacloban where it will be used by a local radio group called ACCESS (Alternative Channel Coordinating Emergency Support Services). Siggy is also a volunteer for this group and he explained their plans for the truck as follows:

About the truck, I'm planning to make it into Emergency Response Communication Van with ACCESS.

Members of this group comes from all walk of life, from farmers, community leaders, private/small businessmen, government employees/public servants, young professionals and even young students. All united for one reason, to serve the greater public in times of emergencies and calamities by means of providing safe effective and stable communication systems.

Many people rely on pre-paid cellphone, and when the towers are down [after disasters] it takes them days or weeks in feeding information about the situation in their areas. Now ACCESS will use the truck to set up a mobile repeater system or a relay station. Then we can boost the transmission/propagation of local radio club member so they can directly contact the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils”.

Overall we can’t think of two better groups to handover our trucks to than Buklod Tao and ACCESS through Siggy. Have worked with both for so many years we know that these vehicles will continue to be put to great use in times of disaster.

One last time, thank you so much for supporting education in Tacloban. Siggy also had this to say about our work there coming to an end.

I'm very thankful and feel bliss for the help and effort you guys spent here in Leyte, I experience things that I haven't done before, and it a great learning experience in my side. Everything has an end but what comes next is a new beginning, so Damo nga salamat Han eyo bulig :-) (Millions of thanks to everyone for helping us)”

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVExec on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list. Note that IDV is also fundraising on GlobalGiving to increase its overall capacity to help disaster survivors.

Siggy distributing school books
Siggy distributing school books
Books being unloaded from one of our trucks
Books being unloaded from one of our trucks
A delivery to Tacloban City night school
A delivery to Tacloban City night school
One of the many daycare centres you
One of the many daycare centres you've supported

Thank you so much for supporting education in Tacloban.

In November 2013 Tacloban and the surrounding areas were devastated by super typhoon Haiyan (locally called typhoon Yolanda). Over 6,000 people lost their lives across the Philippines, most of them from Tacloban.

Homes and families were literally torn apart by the ferocious wind, rain and storm surge that struck the city. The immediate suffering and trauma were terrible, and for affected children the disaster also threatened to cause permanent harm.

As well as shattering homes and lives, the typhoon also tore through the country’s classrooms. Over 2,500 schools were destroyed or severely damaged in total. This left hundreds of thousands of children without an education. Without an education these children could have been trapped in poverty for the rest of their lives.

So, we decided to make supporting education our priority and, thanks to your amazing generosity, we’ve been in Tacloban and helping kids return to school for the last three years.

One of our first projects was run in partnership with a local chef called Rey, and his Mobile Soup Kitchen for Kids (MSKK). With Rey we provided over 6,000 hot nutritious meals, often as school lunches that encouraged hundreds of kids from struggling families to return to school.

But, these kids needed safe schools to return to. So, in the early months our volunteers also cleared debris at several schools in and around the city. It was hard, dirty work, but with your incredible support we removed broken concrete, steel, glass and mud from Sagkahan, San Fernando, San Agustin and the Holy Virgin schools. This work gave almost 3,500 children safe schools to return to.

Yet, while this early work was vital in getting kids back to class quickly, it didn’t provide long-term solutions. Children still had to learn in tents or other temporary classrooms, all of which had limited life spans.

So, we then turned our attention to the long-term support of education.

We started at the Aram Learning Studio, one of Tacloban’s few schools for children with autism. We repaired their classrooms and also helped to pay their teachers salaries until they got back on their feet. Thanks to donors like you this enabled the school to keep supporting vulnerable children whose needs could easily have been overlooked.

With your support we next repaired and repainted seven damaged classrooms at the San Augustin school. We also built a new kitchen, and a brand new 9m x 7m classroom from the ground up. This enabled the school’s kindergarten class to move out of a mold-ridden tent and into a stunningly beautiful new classroom. We even built an amazing playground.

We then moved onto Lun Tad where we repaired and repainted yet another fourteen classrooms at this school for almost 400 kids. Over the following months we also worked on Planza island, and in the communities of Guintigian, Buri, Anibongon, Pitogo and recently also Matin-ao, to repair and rebuild almost thirty classrooms and daycare centres in total.

Everywhere we worked we provided not only safe, but also beautiful, bright classrooms to provide stimulating and fun learning environments. We also equipped classrooms with new furniture and school supplies as well. As a direct result thousands of children are now receiving a quality education instead of facing a life trapped in poverty.

Because of you we’ve made an incredible impact over the last three years, and in total our work has supported the education of over 5,100 children. Thank you so much!

Work still remains to be done, but Tacloban and the surrounding areas have been transformed since the typhoon. So, we’ve decided that we’ll soon be retiring this project on GlobalGiving.

However, we’re not quite done yet! Last December we worked with a local partner to distribute over 10,000 school books to typhoon affected schools. This year, we’re aiming to double that amount by distributing over 20,000 more!  

These books recently arrived in Tacloban from Manila, and they’ll be distributed over the coming weeks. Until then, we plan to keep this project open so that we can send one final project report with the details.

Once again, thank you for supporting education in Tacloban. If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVExec on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list. Note that IDV is also fundraising on GlobalGiving to increase its overall capacity to help disaster survivors.

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You've provided bright, beautiful classrooms
You
You've even provided an amazing playground
The latest shipment of books is now in Tacloban
The latest shipment of books is now in Tacloban
Three year old Erica lives in Matin-ao
Three year old Erica lives in Matin-ao

Over the last few months your amazing generosity has directly changed the life of three year old Erica.

Erica lives in the highland community of Matin-ao, in the municipality of Burauen, south west of Tacloban. She loves to sing and dance, and she wants to be a teacher when she grows up, so that she can take care of her grandparents.

These might like seem modest dreams to you or me, but typhoon Haiyan very nearly snatched them out of Erica’s reach when it struck in late 2013. The disaster only partially damaged Erica’s house, but it completely devastated the community’s daycare centre - the whole roof was ripped off, and the centre also lost all of its furniture and learning materials.

And, although over two and a half years have passed since the typhoon, the community's remote rural location meant they'd sadly received little help before our arrival.

Most of Matin-ao’s residents are poor, and struggle to survive by farming coconuts and root crops. Erica’s dad is luckier than most, and works as a carpenter, but even so he still only earns around $5 a day.

The ongoing loss of the daycare center meant that Erica and Matin-ao’s other children were being further disadvantaged from a young age. By providing opportunities for play and early learning, day care centres are critical to children’s early cognitive development. Without them kids can start school behind their peers and then struggle to keep pace.

Because of all this we were really keen to repair the building and give Erica back the opportunities that many others take for granted.

So, we’ve replaced the lost roof, and also all the doors and windows to make the building watertight again. We’ve also repainted the centre, and repaired and provided new furniture.

The newly refurbished daycare looks amazing - Erica herself said how “pretty” it’s looks, and we wholeheartedly agree! The newly painted building is bright and colorful, and provides a really child friendly and engaging space where Erica can now build the foundations of her ongoing education.

This incredible transformation has only been possible because of you. Thank you so much.

Of course, we’d also like to provide the daycare centre with toys and learning materials if we can. So, if you’re interested in supporting this additional work, then please consider making another donation today.

If you ever have any questions about our work, or how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVExec on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

Note that IDV is now also fundraising on GlobalGiving to increase its overall capacity to help disaster survivors.

Erica
Erica's daycare was devastated by typhoon Haiyan
An incredible transformation - thanks to you!
An incredible transformation - thanks to you!
The daycare is now bright and engaging
The daycare is now bright and engaging
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We're about to help kids like this, thanks to you

Thanks to your ongoing generosity we’re continuing our vital work supporting education following typhoon Haiyan.

For much of the last few months our local Project Manager Siggy, who we introduced in another project report, has been working with some of our amazing local partners in Tacloban.

However, following some generous donations earlier this year we’ve also been very keen to undertake more construction projects in some of the underserved rural areas outside the city.

We asked Siggy to provide some updates about these plans, and here’s what he had to say:

In the months of March to April I have been roaming around the region to see the updates of the rehabilitation on the affected community especially into the higher lands.

What I have seen makes me sad.

It has been over two years since typhoon haiyan pounded Visayas, but some areas in Leyte received less help. In general all the urban area were given Aid from different NGO’s and the National Government, but some of the rural barangay still had to suffer.

According to one local official they often apply for aid, but to be able to become beneficiary [it seems like] they have to win the raffle. The most who benefited are the community found in main town, much less in the interior/highlands community.

In the municipality of Burauen I have found a highland community, Barangay Matin-ao, which badly need help to repair its daycare center and reading center. The buildings need repair and they also need shelves, blackboard, learning material for pre-schooler, and tables and chairs.

This community is [very poor] - 99% engaged to coconut farm workers and root crops planting only. Therefore I recommend this Barangay center for rehabilitation”.

We’re definitely keen to help in this community. It’s rural location means that the kids there are often much more neglected than in Tacloban itself.  

Based on Siggy’s initial estimates repairing the daycare center will cost around $3,600, or about £2,500. This would provide important opportunities for early learning and really help the local kids get a good start in life.

The reading center project would be a little cheaper - around $2,400, or about £1,670, and would let kids of all ages, and even adults, improve their reading skills and learn more about the world.

We’d love to do both projects if we can, but at the moment we only have enough funds for one or the other.  So, any further donations towards helping this deprived community would certainly be very much appreciated!

We’ll keep you posted about developments on these projects, and thanks so much for all you’ve already given. Whatever happens at least one of these projects will definitely start soon thanks to your amazing support so far.

If you ever have any questions about our work, or how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVExec on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

 

Siggy
Siggy's a man with a plan
The outside of the next daycare center
The outside of the next daycare center
The inside of the next daycare center
The inside of the next daycare center
12 year old Marivic was rescued from the dumpsite
12 year old Marivic was rescued from the dumpsite

Thanks to your amazing generosity we’re continuing our vital work supporting education in Tacloban following typhoon Haiyan.

For example, during the past holiday season your donations flooded in to help vulnerable kids who were previously rescued from hard labor at the city’s dumpsite. These kids are now enrolled in an Alternative Learning System (ALS) at a nearby high school. The ALS allows them to re-integrate into a formal learning environment, at a pace adjusted to their previous level of education.

In a previous micro-project report we described how we planned to use your generous donations to provide these deserving kids with essential school supplies. And just last weekend, we were delighted to purchase and distribute those supplies as planned.

But, since that last report enrollment at the ALS has jumped from 38 to 50 and so we provided all of the kids, not just the stated 38, with notebooks, pens, crayons, scissors, glue and a whole lot more too.

This increase in numbers means that we’ll likely need to raise more funds for our plans to also buy school uniforms. However, it was important that all the kids received the school supplies as a priority so that they can learn effectively and escape poverty when they’re older.

One of the kids who received school supplies was twelve year old Marivic. Marivic sadly lost her parents when she was younger and she now lives with her grandmother, Rita. But Rita is old and unable to work and this meant that Marivic began scavenging on the dumpsite so that they could both survive after Haiyan.

Happily the family is now receiving other help to survive, and Marivic was rescued from the dumpsite, but she’d missed a lot of school and so the ALS is helping her to catch up. And, thanks to your incredible support, Marivic now also has school supplies so that she can record and remember the vital lessons she’s learning.

When asked about the school supplies you provided Marivic had this to say:

I want to become a teacher so that I could help other children who can’t afford to go to school and my grandmama. I feel happy because of the school supplies given to me because there is somebody helping us and giving me hope to help my grandmama”

Thank you so much for helping Marivic and the 49 other kids enrolled in the ALS.

Overall, we’re delighted to be supporting the ALS and not just because of the immediate impact on the kids’ education. We’re also delighted because our work has been conducted in partnership with a fantastic local organisation called Volunteer for the Visayans (VFV).

VFV originally started supporting dumpsite kids in 2005 and play a pivotal role in running the ALS itself and also in providing families, including Marivic’s, with other essential support such as food subsidies so that the kids can focus on their education rather than survival.

We’ve worked with VFV on a number of projects since our arrival in Tacloban, including one of our very first when we replaced their office roof which was swept away in the typhoon. This allowed VFV to restart their vital projects during those difficult days, and we’ve also collaborated on numerous projects since.

VFV Director Wimwim had this to say about our ongoing partnership.

As an organization we were not excuse from the damage caused by typhoon Haiyan, IDV was the first organization who aided us, sending two of their own volunteers to help us recover.

While we, the staff struggle to juggle recovering as an organization while thinking of how our respective families will recover, they lifted a good chunk of responsibilities from us so we could also take care of our family and community.

To date IDV still support us. [For example] transporting supplies and materials from one project to another. They have also purchased school materials for children who are enrolled with the Alternative Learning System”.

It’s now over two years since typhoon Haiyan and, while Tacloban is steadily recovering, much still remains to be done. So, we’re delighted to be able to keep supporting kids’ education while also continuing to build enduring long-term partnerships with important local actors.

This is all only possible because of you. Thank you so much once again.

If you ever have any questions about our work, or how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVExec on Twitter.

You gave Marivic and 49 other kids school supplies
You gave Marivic and 49 other kids school supplies
Marivic with her gran Rita and school supplies
Marivic with her gran Rita and school supplies
You also gave supplies to keep in the classroom
You also gave supplies to keep in the classroom
IDV and VFV working in partnership
IDV and VFV working in partnership
 

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