Unfortunately, many children living in the Philippines are unable to attend school because they don’t have basic school supplies. A few pencils, some paper, a backpack, and a uniform are all they need.
Yet, because of the economic conditions of the Philippines, over sixty percent of all children there don’t even finish elementary school.
Educate: Bohol has taken on the challenge of helping these children return to school or stay in school. Working primarily in the province of Bohol, we have provided school supplies for over 250 children. But there are hundreds more who need support.
Some of these children are living in isolated locations throughout the islands, and getting from one location to another is a challenge. Our staff travels to these places regularly to identify those children who have the greatest needs. For some, the shoes they receive through Educate: Bohol are the first they will have ever had.
As we visit villages throughout Bohol, we see so many children who are in need. Instead of being in school, they are sitting along side the roadways, outside their homes, or perhaps helping their parents with fishing or working in the rice fields. It’s a hard life. Children who are eight or nine years of age should be in school, not out working as a subsistence farmer. Yet, that is what many of them are doing.
Out goals for 2014 include providing school supplies, backpacks, shoes, and uniforms for at least 800 students! We are also sponsoring several college students, providing tuition, room, and board. For many of these students, being sponsored for college is a tremendous blessing. Without someone’s help, they would probably never have the means to attend college.