By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
MARAWI CITY, May 17–Grade 5 student Amiladed Calil is thankful for the new school items that he received from World Vision Philippines, Monday.
He said he can use the school supplies especially the school bag in the next school year.
The 13-year old learner also expressed his excitement and appreciation saying it will help cut their budget for school supplies.
“Panalamat ako ka mala a myalebat sa gasto ami sa ipamasa sa bago a bag,” he said. (I am thankful as this will reduce our budget for purchasing a new school bag.
Jamirah Watamama cannot also hide her happiness for having received the school supplies.
“Panalamat kami sa (we want to thank the) World Vision,” conveyed the Grade 4 student adding that this will inspire her to do better in her studies.
Amiladed and Jamirah are just two of the school children supported by World Vision through its Urban Child Protection Project which aims to provide school kits to 1,679 learners of five schools in Marawi.
“We have five partner schools under this project, kabilang dito ang (this includes) Abdulazis Elementary School (ES) in Brgy. Cadayonan, Cadayonan ES in Brgy. Cadayonan 1, H. Hassan Memorial ES in Brgy. Malimono, Sikap ES in Brgy. Rapasun, and Tuca-Boganga ES in Brgy. Tuca-Ambolong,” said Cecile Cenas, Marawi project coordinator of World Vision Ph.
The World Vision already distributed school kits to 217 learners in H. Hassan Memorial ES.
The school materials include notebooks, pens, pencils, and a bag with IEC materials on child protection.
Learners from the four other schools are also set to receive the school kits on May 18 and 19.
Meanwhile, Cenas disclosed that the project also includes reading literacy and health interventions.
“We have provided health equipment to the City Health Office that will be used by our five partner barangays,” she said.
Handwashing facilities are also being constructed in the five schools.
“We are happy to share that one of our hand washing facilities is now ready for use. This is in Cadayonan Elementary School,” she added.
Aside from the distribution of school kits, World Vision also partnered with the Department of Education for mental health and psychosocial support services to internally displaced persons.
Moreover, World Vision in partnership with Marawi City Agriculture Office is set to distribute backyard vegetable gardening materials to encourage households on food production using the Natural Farming Technology System as support to promoting the nutrition of children. Philippine Information Agency