The city of Tagaytay, where the Pinagpala Children’s Center is located, is on the island of Luzon, where many Filipino families suffer from extreme poverty. To help support the community, in 2000, members of a local church in the community established the Pinagpala — meaning “Blessed” in Tagalog — Children’s Center to provide educational assistance to local children and their families.
The Pinagpala Children’s Center recognizes that providing for the educational needs of children is an important step in giving them the tools they require to break the cycle of poverty.
The Pinagpala Children’s Center recognizes that providing for the educational needs of children is an important step in giving them the tools they require to break the cycle of poverty, and thanks to support from Children Incorporated, the center not only supports children with basic needs, but it also helps families through various skills training programs and educational activities.
Our Hope In Action Fund in action
Initially just a one-story structure, the Pinagpala Children’s Center received support from Children Incorporated’s Hope In Action Fund to construct a second story. As a result, the centers’ programs were expanded to further support children, families, and the community beyond our sponsorship program. On a recent visit to the Philippines, our Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, visited the center to see the completed second floor of the building. He also spoke with our volunteer coordinator, Nilo, about how the new floor is being utilized.
During the visit, Nilo explained to Luis that the new addition is being used for feeding children in mornings and afternoons, for after-school tutoring in the evenings, and for hosting a small daycare center for parents who work during the day. The center’s work with Children Incorporated has been instrumental in not only educating our sponsored and unsponsored children, but also in helping to progress the overall development of the community in which they live.
Plenty of achievements
What Luis found on his visit greatly exceeded his expectations. As he continued to talk with Nilo, he was informed that the administrators at the Pinagpala Children’s Center have also started income-generating programs for the parents of children enrolled in our program. One such program teaches parents how to recycle old materials to make garments to sell. There is also ann income-generating project near the property where pigs are being raised to later be sold.
The center also recognizes the need for a community-based rehabilitation and drug addiction program to help young addicts break their drug habits. Nilo and the local police chief in the area have become involved with the program, teaching workshops and hosting seminars to emphasize to the community the importance of not getting involved in drugs.
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