With the end of the academic year, Honor 1000 recently concluded their Online Safety Campaign with elementary school students in the Philippines.
The team taught the kids not only how to protect themselves from the lurking dangers in the virtual world, but also how to be responsible with technology. The key learning points were how to protect themselves from cyber bullying, how to respond when they experience it, and how to promote respect and be responsible members of the online community.
The team is grateful with how receptive and involved the students were. The students are equally thankful for the lessons and information. One of the students shared, “As we cope with technology and use it every day, it is important that we are guided on how to be responsible and safe.” Because of the high prevalence of online child exploitation in the Philippines, cyber awareness programs like this, is vital for students and young people at risk of being exploited. When school starts again in August, this interactive and informative program will once again impact school children in the Philippines.
So far this year, 249 students across 5 primary schools have been part of this awareness program.
Microfinance Women and Staff Supporting Each Other
Because of the pandemic, most of the Philippines has been placed on lockdown since last year. This has challenged our program to adapt and comply with the health protocols that each municipality has set. We are grateful to have a dedicated team who diligently visits each area and client.
After several months of another strict lockdown in Manila, public schools are getting ready once again for module distribution. This allows us to reach out to more students despite schools being closed.
As young as 9 years old, Elaine (name changed for privacy) was pimped by her mom to customers along the street, and at 10 years old, Elaine started working in bars. She was finally rescued a year after and is now safe in shelter.
The journey to sustainability varies for each of the client moms of Honor 1000's Microfinance Program. There are various factors and conditions contributing to this, but one thing remains unchanged and that is the support provided to these moms.
The fight against OSAEC (online sexual abuse and exploitation of children) and human trafficking may be complex and long. But the increased involvement of leaders and advocates encourages us to continue pushing forward.