The Philippines just elected a new president, President P-Noy (Noynoy Aquino). The current polls show that approximately 84 percent of the Filipino people trust the new president. I pray and hope that he maintains to walk the “straight path” as opposed to the “crooked path”.
We can build more classrooms, and we will fund service contracting under the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education Program (GASTPE). Conditional cash transfers that aim to lessen the burden of education on parents will also be funded if this partnership becomes a reality.”
I pray that P-Noy will get the support, guidance and strength that he needs to overcome the obstacles.
The children need his help!
I always believe that education is important in solving poverty. Most of the children from poor families are not motivated to go to school because even though public education is free, the transportation cost is a burden to them, too. The SISBA program encourages the kids and their mothers (since mothers play an important role in a child’s development) to continue to be in school from Pre-K to college. (My cousin’s initial vision was to turn these kids to lawyers – but mine is for them to pick a career or profession that they are happy with!)
Since then every year, we donate $100 to each child to help with their transportation. It’s not much but it’s hard work and commitment for the kid-sponsors who donated the monies. SISBA fund is kids helping children by putting aside a part of the kids-sponsor’s allowances or income every week. It’s putting aside twenty-eight cents a day for 52 weeks! It’s less than $2 a week! And then every few years, if we get extra funds, we try to give the kids and their mothers a little treat to make them feel special and loved.
This week, I was able to take them to Manila Ocean Park (MOP). First of all, I was so happy to see how much the kids have grown since the last time I saw them three years ago. The children and their “nanays: were so happy to see me as much as I was happy to see them. Taking a trip to the park, even to a nearby public park, Luneta Park, is a luxury for them. The SISBA program covered for the transportation, meals and entrance fee to Manila Ocean Park. Thanks to the staff of MOP, we were given a group discount.
After we got past the first hellos and hugs, we all toured together hand-in-hand the different fish tanks in MOP. I wish you could have heard their “oohhs” and “aahhhs”. I wish you could have seen the twinkle in their eyes.
We tried to make the trip a little educational by reading some of the information posted at every tank.
Funny thing, most of the kids commented on how the fish will taste good as stew, broiled or fried fish.
They even laughed on how much longer it will take to consume such enormity!
If you’re interested in sponsoring a child or donating to the SISBA fund, please email me at email@example.com.
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Hugs and kisses and keep smiling :-)