We work hard for the children who come to our care to have their own family, however, the chance of adoption drops dramatically once they turn 5 years old. They then move to our Village of Hope where they stay with us until their adulthood.
Because of this, we give great attention to provide proper, formal and informal education to the children under our care to prepare and enable them for a successful, self-efficient and independent life ahead.
As many children have been victims of severe physical, mental, sexual and substance abuse, individual care is of uttermost importance. Over the years, we have seen this individual care to be crucial also in the area of education. This has been especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Consequently, we decided to build a learning center in our own locality where we can provide more individual and concentrated educational assistance for up to 150 children under our care.
We have focused for many years on community projects among indigenous tribes such as the Aetas community of Apayao. In partnership with the local government, we were able to provide various training regarding agricultural development, healthcare, family planning and environmental issues such as waste management and the preservation of the forest.
This is to help the indigenous communities to enhance their economic and healthcare situation while at the same time being sensitive to their culture, believes and practices. Commonly, the Aeta communities feel neglected, looked down upon, and often not receiving equal opportunities in education and community development. So we committed to lift up such indigenous communities by enhancing their educational and economic skills.
In 2017, we established the “Indigenous Elementary and Adult Educational Learning Center” directly within the vicinity of the tribe. This center, through the funding, organization and supervision of the foundation, seeks to provide particularly education to children and adults alike, assisting in the government’s effort of “Education for All.”
The number of students increased and we had it eventually turned over to the local government so they may manage the whole operation.
This educational project led us now to bringing students from Apayao to our Village of Hope where they can live and study higher education. As of 2021, we have 12 teenagers from the tribe who are doing their best to move up to college and finish their studies.
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