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
Siggy delivering some of the books
Until the new year your donations will go further!