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
Two of the kids you've helped at Lun Tad school
Two of the kids you've helped at Lun Tad school

Thanks to your incredible generosity our work supporting education in Tacloban has made great progress over the last few months.

At the Lun Tad elementary school, just outside Tacloban, over 380 kids now have a safe, enriching learning environment once again.  Typhoon Haiyan damaged the school’s classrooms and destroyed important teaching materials, leaving the kids’ education in tatters.

But thanks to you, we’ve recently finished breathing new life into the school and given back the kids the education they deserve.

In late September we completed the repairing and repainting of fourteen classrooms at Lun Tad, which was two more than we originally planned for!  We were able to complete this work so quickly thanks to your donations and also thanks to the local community.

Family and friends of the school’s teachers and kids wanted to show you how much your donations meant.  So many of them lent hands to the project in return.  Over several weeks community volunteers of all ages came along to help scrape old paint off walls and repair furniture.  

This community mobilization culminated in a special “Paint Festival” which saw over fifty local volunteers turn-out in just one day.  Our goal for the paint festival was to paint the entire outside of the school.  While this goal was ambitious the day was an incredible success and Lun Tad was transformed in the process.

All the kids are delighted with the school’s beautiful new look and Mr Solomon, Lun Tad’s principal, had this to say about the results:

“We are grateful and honored for the help extended to us. We are very busy, in fact our school [is] always hosting activities in Palo; because of your help painting all the building now our regional director and superintendent [are] impressed for a big change of the school.....thank you thank you .....and more power”

Since the paint festival we’ve finished renovating the inside of the remaining classrooms.  We’ve also provided school, art and sports supplies to replace those lost in the typhoon.  

Thanks to you, Lun Tad school is now back on its feet again.  But it’s library and audio-visual room are still in need of repair.  There are also hundreds of other schools which still badly need help after typhoon Haiyan.  It’s a big job but happily GlobalGiving are here to help.

On November 8th, while funds last, GlobalGiving will be matching any donations to this project by 100%.  This is a great opportunity for you to double your impact.  So please, consider donating on November 8th and also sharing this chance with others.

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

Community volunteers helping to scrape the walls
Community volunteers helping to scrape the walls
This guy doesn't need a ladder!
This guy doesn't need a ladder!
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Some of the kids your donations are helping
Some of the kids your donations are helping

When typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last November it caused extensive damage to school buildings and equipment. In total over 2,500 schools were affected and this threatened the education of countless children.

Now, thanks to you, two of those schools in Tacloban are well on the road to recovery. Because of your donations over 600 kids who attend these schools will now receive a better education.

Since June we’ve been working with the San Agustin school in Palo, just outside of Tacloban. We’ve worked with the teachers and parents to clean and repaint 7 classrooms. We’ve also built and equipped a kitchen to provide school meals, and renovated toilets and bathrooms so the kids can wash their hands before eating!

We’ve also built a 40 ft footpath to keep kids out of the mud and repaired school furniture to keep them off the floor. All in all our work to date has allowed San Agustin’s 256 kids to start their school year this June in a safe, clean and beautiful environment.

But our work doesn’t stop there. For the last two months we’ve also been building a brand new 7m x 9m classroom for the school’s kindergarten class. The kids in this class are currently learning in a hot tent so they’re really keen to move into the new classroom which will be cooler and decorated with stimulating murals.

The classroom walls are already built and plastered and it's now just waiting for its roof. The walls of the attached bathroom are also nearly at head height so finishing this won’t be far behind either.

As these major works at San Agustin are nearing completion we’ve now also turned our attention to the nearby Lun Tad Elementary school, also in Palo. These two schools share a principal, Soloman, and when Soloman saw the results at San Agustin he quickly asked for our help with Lun Tad as well.

Over 380 kids attend Lun Tad and its 12 classrooms were badly damaged by typhoon Haiyan. We started work at Lun Tad on Monday 21st July and we will be repairing and repainting all 12 classrooms over the coming weeks. As of last week the walls of the first classroom had already been scraped and its ceiling had received a fresh coat of paint.

We wouldn’t be able to do any of this work supporting education in Tacloban without donors like you. So on behalf of IDV, and the kids of Tacloban - 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 Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

The walls of the San Agustin classroom are done!
The walls of the San Agustin classroom are done!
The first classroom at Lun Tad being scraped
The first classroom at Lun Tad being scraped
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She needs a place to attend school!
She needs a place to attend school!

Last November, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the city of Tacloban. Haiyan was the strongest typhoon ever recorded to make landfall, and it devastated the city. Haiyan destroyed nearly everything in its path, killing thousands and displacing millions. Our team has been on the ground supporting survivors since November 25th, and huge strides have been made. But today, many thousands are still homeless, and far too many children have yet to return to school.

Since day, one education has been one of our top priorities in Tacloban. To date, we’ve cleared schools of debris, delivered school meals, re-opened the Aram Learning studio, run a summer camp for Talcloban’s kids and begun reconstruction of the San Agustin school. 

Together, these projects have given 3,977 children the chance to get back to learning. That’s alot of kids – but it’s just the beginning.

We’re currently in the process of rebuilding the San Agustin school. When complete, this work will give 256 children a safe, enriching place to learn. There are dozens of schools in Tacloban which also need repairs or wholesale reconstruction before they can welcome children again.

With your support, we’ll rebuild as many of them as we can.

While repairing and rebuilding schools, we’ll also work with community leaders to identify other factors stopping children from returning to school and address them. Whether kids need school meals to ensure they aren’t too hungry to learn or schools supplies so that they can take notes and do their homework, your donations will ensure children have the capability to learn.

There’s a huge amount of work to do in Tacloban, but happily we don’t have to tackle it alone. In exactly a month, Microsoft will join the fight to return Tacloban’s children to school by doubling your donations.

One June 25th, if you give $50, Microsoft will double it to $100, and we’ll be able to invest in education in Tacloban. That makes June 25th a great day to give.

If you ever have any questions about our education work in Tacloban, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you! 

Thanks so much for your support, and very kind regards from our team at IDV!

Reconstruction begins!
Reconstruction begins!
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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

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Andy Chaggar
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom

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