Send A Filipino Child to School

2015-08-27 16:30

We want to take charity-giving beyond feeding programs and look at building a stable future for Filipino children.  As Confucius said, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.  Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

A child that is given an education can start a career after he gets his degree.  With a stable income, he can support his family.  He can invest in the future of his children and send them to school too.  His actions and choices will begin to influence his community.  The impact of educating one child leads to all these ripples!

So what is the current state of the Philippine education system and how do we close the gap for underprivileged Filipino children?

Current State of Public Education in the Philippines

  • Classes are usually conducted under the shade of fruit trees or in dilapidated school buildings in rural areas in the Philippines.
  • Majority of schools in rural areas do not have electricity, running water, or toilets.  They also lack tables and chairs.
  • Although public elementary education is free, school-related expenses like transportation fare, snacks, lunch, school supplies and other learning materials are often beyond the financial capabilities of poor parents.
  • To meet the growing population of children, the education department has resorted to three-class shifts in urban areas, which has resulted in shorter learning hours.
  • This has also led to the multi-grade system (where pupils from different grades are combined) in sparsely-populated areas.
  • There is malnutrition among Filipino schoolchildren which hampers their ability to learn.

A public high school graduate can get a menial job that is below minimum wage (minimum wage is currently below $10 per 8-hour day).  If he wants to earn minimum wage and beyond, he needs a college or university degree.

Our Action Plan

Obviously, we can’t pay for quality education for majority of the Filipino children.  But we can start with one, then two, then three, and just keep growing from there.  We want to work with public schools, identify the children with the most promise, and prioritize them for education sponsorship.  We want to send them to a quality school, where they can get an education that will be worth something in the workplace.

We are not simply looking for the brightest students.  We want to sponsor those who are hungry for education, those who want to study, those who are driven to have a better future.

What We Need

We already have our network in place.  The outreach program to various public schools is already mapped out.  What we need now are education sponsors - donors who want to contribute to sending these children to a good school, give them a better chance at a degree, and the best chance at a brighter future.

Here are the donation options we currently have:

  • Support Elementary Education - your donation will be used to sponsor a Filipino child’s elementary education and cover all education-related expenses for one year.
  • Support High School Education - your donation will be used to sponsor a Filipino child’s high school education and cover all education-related expenses for one year.
  • Support College Education - your donation will be used to sponsor a Filipino child’s college education and cover all education-related expenses for one year.
  • Fund Literacy Programs - your donation will support special literacy programs in rural areas of the Philippines.

If you have other suggestions on how to best help these children and help make our vision a reality, please feel free to write your comments below.  Thank you for your interest, your time, and your care!