Adopt-a-School Development Project

HBI’s Adopt-a-School Project focuses on the total improvement of impoverished rural Philippine public schools and the improvement of the schooling children’s parents’ capacity to earn a more sufficient income.

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Haligi ng Bata, Inc. (Pillars for the Children)

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Market of Implementation

  • Philippines

Problem

The project addresses the problem of underserved and underequipped public elementary schools in rural Philippines areas of La Union, Pampanga, and Bulacan who cannot improve their facilities on their own due to lack of funds and the inability of impoverished parents to donate or contribute to the schools. HBI believes that education is one of the components towards breaking free from poverty, thus, the Adopt-a-School Project wants to provide a sustainable solution to ensuring that even the most remote and impoverished rural communities would have access to quality basic education.

Solution

The Adopt-a-School Project focuses on the improvement of the school – its facilities, materials, amenities and teaching practices – during the first half of its implementation. On the second half of its implementation, the project will focus on empowering and providing livelihood aid to parents. Livelihood projects implemented through the Adopt-a-School Program not only benefits the family-beneficiary but also the school since the school has a share in the livelihood’s income. The school’s income can be used to fund improvement projects once HBI exits the project area. The family-beneficiaries, represented by an organized and empowered HBI Area Leaders, have the final say as to how project income will be used by the school. The project also rehabilitates all sanitation and hygiene facilities of a public school and it’s community. It also builds natural water filtration facilities so that the school can have safe and clean drinking water. In addition to this, the project also implements a health and sanitation program that trains children and parents along the lines of zero waste management, proper toilet and latrine use, and good grooming and proper hygiene for children.

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