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Balik Sa Eskwela (Return to School) Project

Teodoro ‘Ted’ Alcuitas

Editor, Philippine Canadian news.Com

Three organizations in the U.S. and the Philippines have combined efforts to raise funds to help orphaned school children in the Philippines cope with the effects of the Covid lockdown.

The children in grade and high school all came from the urban districts of Manila all face challenges brought about by the pandemic, poverty and loss of face-to-face interaction with teachers.

Using the fundraising platform GoFundMe, the Los Angeles-based Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA), Bunyog (Pagkakaisa) and Pinole,California-based United Methodist Church are combining efforts to raise funds to purchase computer tablets/laptops, portable WiFi, internet load, and schools supplies.

“Despite challenges brought by pandemic, poverty, loss of face-to-face interaction with teachers, loss of mobility due to lockdowns, 15 orphan kids in grade and high school in this urban poor community of Manila, are still determined to learn and grow,” said the GoFundMe information.

“Remote learning is guided by modular education and definitely, said gadgets can vastly improve the quality and speed of learning of these kids. “

Also, helping these kids can significantly ease the burden of the widows who are preoccupied feeding and taking care of kids and their siblings  under extreme tough economic conditions.”

According to organizers, approximately $8,500 will provide all the gadgets including internet load and supply for five high school and 10 grade school children.

“These kids dream of becoming nurses, engineers, pilots, teachers, priests, and scientists someday. Build their morale, help realize their dreams,” says the appeal which ends on February 10, 2021.

The drive has raised $1,925 raised of $8,500 goal.

Here is the link for donations:

https://ca.gofundme.com/f/balik-sa-eskwela-return-to-school-project