Support Education in Tacloban

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
Kids and teachers send their thanks
Kids and teachers send their thanks

As the end of the year approaches we want a say big thank you for continuing to support education after typhoon Haiyan.

Although our international volunteers have now left the affected areas we’re continuing work through our local Project Manager, Siggy, who also looks after our vehicle in Tacloban.

While a lot of our work is in Tacloban itself our vehicle also allows us to support education in the surrounding areas of Leyte province as well. For example we recently worked with our partner Balangiga Without Borders (BWB) to help provide almost 10,000 books to school children.

The typhoon destroyed over 2,500 schools and in addition to classrooms countless tens of thousands of school books were also lost. Without books it’s hard for kids to learn, even when classrooms have been rebuilt, so replacing them remains a high priority.

So we were delighted to recently help BWB transport and distribute books to some of the affected children. We talk more about BWB in another project report but in summary they’re a grassroots organisation who use social media to coordinate their work.

Although they’re supported by donors in many countries 75% of their members are survivor-volunteers from the affected areas. As a result they are well placed to understand local needs and help meet them.

However, as survivors they lack resources and this is where international donors and IDV can help.

BWB’s supporters recently donated almost 10,000 books in Manila. BWB were also able to arrange transport of these books to Tacloban but a condition of this was that they would be collected directly from a C-295 cargo plane on arrival.

This type of thing can be tough for BWB’s volunteers to do themselves, so when we found out about the books we immediately offered the help of Siggy and our truck. The day the books arrived Siggy was there to meet the plane, and with the help of BWB volunteers all the books were collected ready for repacking and onward distribution.

Once this was done Siggy was on hand to help once again. While the rest of the books went on their way Siggy took personal responsibility for delivering and distributing almost 700 books to schools in Leyte. 338 went to the Damulaan National High School in Albeura and another 300 were distributed at the Macalpi-ay National High School too.

These books alone are helping hundreds of kids receive a better education and thousands more have also benefitted from the overall distribution of almost 10,000.

And, while BWB organised the book donation it was your generous support that allowed us to meet the costs of transport and Siggy’s help. Thanks so much for making this teamwork possible.

We’re hoping we can work with BWB more often in the future. So, as Christmas approaches, and 2015 draws to a close, we hope you’ll please consider donating once again to support education in Tacloban and the surrounding areas.

It’s a particularly great time to give because donations to this project are currently being matched by incredible 100% on both the US and UK GlobalGiving websites. This means your gifts will literally go twice as far!

You can also donate as a gift to a loved one and send them a lovely card in the process.

Finally there’s also match funding available for any new recurring donations set up during the month. On the US GlobalGiving site your initial donation will receive a 100% match after four months (a limit of $200 applies).  On the UK site the terms are the same but the matching limit is £100.

If you ever have any questions about this project, or the above donation offers, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Some of the kids using their books in class
Some of the kids using their books in class
Siggy delivering some of the books
Siggy delivering some of the books
Until the new year your donations will go further!
Until the new year your donations will go further!
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This grade 5 classroom now has a new roof
This grade 5 classroom now has a new roof

Thanks to your amazing generosity our team in Tacloban recently finished work repairing yet another school affected by typhoon Haiyan.

The Pitogo Elementary school is attended by 129 kids from the municipality of Jaro, which is about 40 miles from Tacloban.

The school was devastated by typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines) leaving the kids learning in appalling and dangerous conditions.

Other NGO’s fixed several buildings but the grade 5 classroom was left with only tarps for a roof.

During rains the water poured in, and the classroom’s internal ceiling was in danger of collapsing and injuring a child.

So, our amazing team worked at the school to completely replace the classroom’s roof and ceiling. We also repainted the inside and outside of the building to give it a fresh, welcoming feel.

Finally, we made repairs to another building’s badly damaged roof. This building is scheduled for demolition but our work made sure that no kids will be hurt before this happens.

Our work has transformed the education of the grade 5 children, giving them back the opportunities the typhoon took away from them. It’s also given all the kids at the school a much safer environment in which to learn.

In total this means we’ve now helped to repair and reopen 14 schools since the typhoon. This has directly supported the education of over 5,000 kids!

This incredible impact has only been possible because of your support. And this October 7 we’re hoping you’ll help us continue our work by making a donation on the last ever Microsoft Youthspark Matching Day.

There is a total of $75,000 in match funds available, and all donations made between noon and midnight Eastern US time (5pm until 5am the following day in the UK) will be matched on a prorated basis.

So, if our project raises $10,000, and a total of $100,000 is donated during the event, then we’ll receive 10% of the available matching, or $7,500 in total.  Donations up to $1,000, or around £660, will be matched on both the US and UK GlobalGiving sites.

If you have any questions about the event, or about this project, then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Prior to our work the roof was just tarps
Prior to our work the roof was just tarps
The kids are excited for the new classroom
The kids are excited for the new classroom
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You've helped these kids at Anibongon School
You've helped these kids at Anibongon School

We’re delighted to report that our work at the Anibongon Elementary School is now complete.

This small rural school is located in the municipality of Jaro, about 40 miles from Tacloban. 76 kids attend school here. The school was devastated by typhoon Haiyan and when we first visited in early April we found them in desperate need of help.

Although the school isn’t far from the main road the only bridge to the community was also washed away by the typhoon. As a result no-one had been willing to provide help for over 17 months due to the logistical challenges involved.

But these challenges didn’t put us off and at the end of April we began work to repair and refurbish the school’s four classrooms.

This work was urgently needed as although the classrooms were in a very dangerous condition, the kids were still using the buildings as they had literally no-where else to go!

We were also keen to complete the work as soon as possible as summer holidays in the Philippines run from late March to late June, and we didn’t want to disrupt classes any more than we had to.

As a result our team decided to camp out at the school so that they could work around the clock and not lose time travelling back and forth.

As soon as their camp was established our team got to work on completely replacing the roofs and internal ceilings on two of the classrooms. We also replaced the broken doors and windows to make the rooms secure and watertight. Finally we repainted the classrooms to make them beautiful and bright.

With this work complete we turned our attention to the two remaining classrooms. Before starting work at the school we’d met with the Philippine Department of Education. They’d told us that these other two classrooms were going to be demolished at some point in the future.

There was no timescale given for this demolition however and we wanted to be sure that the kids had somewhere safe and dry to learn in the meanwhile. So, we reinforced and repaired the damaged roof sections to make sure that they wouldn’t collapse or leak.

As a result of all this work the school has now been completely transformed and all the kids and teachers are overjoyed with their new classrooms.

This transformation was only possible because of your incredible generosity and on behalf of the community of Anibongon we want to say thank you so much!

You’ve already given so much to help support education in Tacloban but this July 15 we’re asking you please consider helping even more kids. This is because on July 15 GlobalGiving will be matching donations to this cause by an amazing 50%.

Matching will start at 9am Eastern Time (or 1pm in the UK) and donations up to $1,000 (or £600 in the UK) will be matched per donor while funds remain. So, please consider making a gift on July 15, and please also spread the word about this incredible opportunity.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Anibongon School before we started work
Anibongon School before we started work
Anibongon School now and the team who fixed it
Anibongon School now and the team who fixed it
It's a great day to help more kids like Rose
It's a great day to help more kids like Rose
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One of Guintigian classrooms we've repaired
One of Guintigian classrooms we've repaired

Thanks to your amazing support our work supporting education in Tacloban has progressed in leaps and bounds over the last few months.

Since our last report we’ve repaired typhoon damage at two further schools and one Day Care centre. Taken together, this work has changed the lives of 400 children by giving them back the education they need to build bright futures.

One of these schools is the Guintigian Elementary School, which is located about 40 minutes drive from Tacloban. While not far from the city it’s more rural location means that its 147 kids are often poorer and more neglected than those in the city centre.

When we first visited the school it was in a terrible state! Two of the school’s classrooms were in makeshift buildings which were badly exposed to the elements. The roofs leaked and during rains classes had to be suspended. School supplies were often also damaged. Overall the kids’ education was really suffering as a result of missed classes and inadequate learning materials.

But thanks to your incredible generosity we’ve changed all that.

We’ve renovated and extended one of the classrooms, and completely rebuilt the other from the ground up. We’ve also added a second bathroom, provided furniture and supplied the school with new books and sports equipment. The transformation has been amazing and the kids and teachers are thrilled with the results. Thanks so much!

We’ve also had similar successes recently at the nearby Planza Island school, and the San Agustin Day Care centre. Our repair and renovation of those faciltities has supported the education of 253 kids. However, much work remains to be done, especially in other rural locations.

For example we recently visited Jaro, which is about 40 miles from Tacloban, and found several schools in desperate need of help. The most urgent of these is the Anibongon Elementary school which is responsible for the education of 76 kids.

The only bridge to the community was washed away by typhoon Haiyan and, as a result, the school hasn’t received any help at all since November 2013!

The school’s four classrooms were severely damaged by the typhoon, but with nowhere else to go the kids are still using the buildings. This is not only destroying any chance of a decent education, it’s also extremely dangerous. One of the kids could be seriously hurt, or worse, just by trying to learn.

We’re really keen to help Anibongon school and we’re making it one of our highest priorities moving forward. However, we need more funds to finish all the work we have planned, including supplying the school with learning materials once the repair is complete. So, please consider donating today to help children who have been incredibly neglected to date.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

The classroom above before we started work
The classroom above before we started work
Help us repair Ruth's classroom at Anibongon
Help us repair Ruth's classroom at Anibongon
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The kindergarten class has a new classroom
The kindergarten class has a new classroom

We’re delighted to announce that, thanks to your amazing support, our work at the San Agustin school is complete!

With your help we began supporting the education of San Agustin’s 256 kids following typhoon Haiyan.  We started by repairing and refurbishing all the school’s existing classrooms and we also built a kitchen.  We then built handwashing stations and concrete walkways to keep kids clean and out of the mud. We also made school fun by painting beautiful, educational murals.

But one more big improvement was also recently finished thanks to your fantastic generosity.

This was a brand new 30’ x 23’ classroom for the school’s kindergarten class.

Following the typhoon the kids in this class were learning in a tent, which was unbearably hot in the sun.  Over time the tent also became incredibly moldy.  Overall it was vital that we move the kids into a proper classroom.

The new classroom’s foundations and walls were completed last fall, but there was still a lot of work left to be done.  Since then, the classroom’s roof has been built, and the windows have also been installed.  This made the building watertight and we could then turn our focus to the interior.

We think the end result is stunning, and this is all thanks to you!

We wanted to provide the kids with the most enriching environment possible and each of the classroom’s different “areas” contributes to an amazing overall outcome.

The first is a library area, which is a comfortable and beautiful place for the kids to learn from the many books and puzzles we’ve provided.

The walls of the teaching area are decorated with amazing murals, including a “measuring tree” so that the kids can see how they’ve grown!

Finally, there’s also an “E-learning” area which has been equipped with computers and a printer.  The computers have been installed with educational software for maths and languages.  This E-Lab area is now being used by all of the school’s other classes, not just the youngest, and so all of the teachers have received training on how to use the equipment.

The San Agustin school is not far from Tacloban but it’s more rural location means that its kids are often poorer and were more neglected than those in the center of the city.  But now their education, and their futures, have been given a huge boost!

We wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without donors like you. So on behalf of IDV, and the kids and teachers of San Agustin - thank you so much!

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

The kids LOVE the classroom's library area!
The kids LOVE the classroom's library area!
The E-Lab area with the teaching area behind it
The E-Lab area with the teaching area behind it
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Andy Chaggar
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