I'd like all of you to take a look at this project in the Philippines. This is really a fine example of a program dedicated to giving back to the community.
"Salamat Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla,
looking forward to your visit in Bataan."
"Hello Andover Phillips Academy South East Asian Group""Hello Abbot Grant Board", "Hello Catholic Fellowship Group""Hello Dr. Mary Kantor""Salamat Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla, looking forward to your visit in Bataan".
First of all, who are the Aeta people?
"The Aetas is an indigenous mountain tribe in the Philippines - one of the few remaining "hunter-gatherer" societies in the world today. Due to their physical features, nomadic way of life and traditional religious beliefs, the Aetas have long been marginalized, exploited and discriminated by the majority “low-land,” Christianized communities. Majority of these Aetas are uneducated and do not have the skills needed to get employed and survive in modern societies. With their frail and malnourished bodies, Aeta children typically walk 14 kilometers from their mountain encampments to the nearest public school in the lowland communities just to get an education. Trekking along treacherous mountain terrains, slippery roads and empty stomach takes a toll on these children: 10 out of 50 school children who enter elementary school actually graduate and enter high school. Only a small handful has a chance of graduating from high school."
What's been done?
Through Values Education and Skills Training (VEST) Foundation, Inc., non-profit organization, the Aeta children of Barangay Bayan-Bayanan, Dinalupihan, Bataan will be provided a Half Way Home and Feeding Program. The primary goal of the program is to encourage more Aeta School children to finish elementary school and high school education by providing a halfway home and food during school days.
What will we be doing in Bataan?
The principal and teachers also requested to have 8 sets of TV and DVDs for the classrooms. The new teaching approach now in elementary schools is through e-learning/e-knowledge with a lot of educational videos, so we will try to donate for their cause.
It enlightens me that IP Rondalla will be taking the time to visit these kids who have been deprived of these basic necessities we Americans sometimes disregard. I'm glad we can make a difference in these people's lives. So let's see these kids graduate!
For more information, visit the VEST Foundation website at: http://vestfoundation.yolasite.com.