Our Manila Slum Project in the Philippines has been monitoring the school attendance of children by working closely with their teachers since January. We are pleased to announce that 65 out of the 147 beneficiaries now have perfect attendance, and 74 have shown significant improvement in attendance by 81-95%. These are children who previously missed almost all school days and were forced to sell or beg on the streets. With the help of our Manila Slum Project, they are now back in school. One of these students is Angel.
Angel, one of the program’s beneficiaries, is 11 years old and still in Grade 5. At her age, she should be in Grade 7. This is due to her frequent absences, which led her to stop going to school altogether last year. As the eldest child, she had to take care of her three siblings because their mother was always away. To provide for her siblings and herself, Angel sold sampaguita flowers on the streets.
However, with the educational assistance program provided by the project, Angel has been able to return to school and continue her education this school year. By attending school, she hopes to be able to help her siblings more. The Manila Slum Project aims to instill the importance of education in children like Angel and encourage them to go to school instead of working on the streets.
We are grateful to our supportive donors who continuously believe in us in making sustainable changes in these children’s lives.
Outreach Initiatives and Partnerships for Manila Slum Program
Last May, Tim, a senior manager of Unionbank, initiated an outreach for the beneficiaries of our Manila Slum Program. His group helped us encourage the children to go to school. Tim’s influence in the company grows as more branches of Unionbank reach out to us because they also want to help.
Radha, 16 years old, is one of 5 children in her family. Unfortunately, all of them did not have the opportunity to attend school. The family does not own any land, and their house is built on someone else's property.
Radha's mother works as a wage laborer on other's...