Sponsor Education Program
YOU ALSO CAN HELP BY GIVING A CHILD AN EDUCATION.
Since 2008 we have been running a sponsorship program for education here in Cebu, Philippines. If you were here in the Philippines and looking around you seeing children begging on the streets, children working to help their parents carrying water, helping to watch their little siblings or literally working gathering plastics, metals etc. to help their family with a little income, then you would see that this country has an immense need for education for children.
Education is free, but parents have to supply uniforms, shoes, school bags and materials as well as pay fees toward the guard, school maintenance, floor wax, parent-teacher-association contribution etc. This is why the poor cannot afford to send their children to school.
Being moved by the hopelessness these families face on a daily basis, we started the education program, and at the moment we are receiving sponsoring and paying monthly for 68 children that are enrolled in the program.
Running the education program is a lot of work, so we had to ask help from a local teacher who has been assisting us in our projects for several years. Her job is multifaceted as she’s the one who visits families in the slums to interview them and find out if the parents are committed to help their children be good students if they would receive the sponsoring. She communicates with principals and teachers, follows up on the children’s progress and get their report cards at every semester break. If the children are performing poorly, she visits their parents again to inquire about their low grades and their tardiness. This process is important, because we have found that some parents will just send their children to school to avail of the lunch that is part of the program.
It is wonderful to give a child a sponsored education! To give an opportunity for change and progress – a way out of poverty – is one of the best gifts a poor child can receive.
The cost for an elementary school education for the school year 2011-2012 is US$ 25 per child in elementary school and US$ 28 for high school.
Bank of the Philippine Islands
RISE ABOVE FOUNDATION CEBU, INC.
SM Branch, 6000, Cebu City
Account No. 9131-0050-64
Thank you for your interest. Please write us if you have any inquiries regarding the education program or one of the other programs we are running.