An Elementary School in Bulacan only has Five Classrooms

 

rsz_1mbp_pinkAs part of our Christmas traditions, we visited last year an elementary school for a Christmas gift-giving day. Banahaw Elementary School is a public school that has students in grades first through sixth in Norzagaray, Bulacan of Central Luzon (Region III). The school has 5 instructional rooms and 1 non-instructional rooms. Sadfully, none of the rooms has a dependable supply of electricity. With 138 students last year, class size is around 28 students. Lorie Floresca is principal of the school.

banahaw4It was more of a prayerful preparation we did, other than sourcing sponsors and connecting with people who would like to help. Our goal when we visited was to share about who God is and His blessings.

banahaw1It was so encouraging to see kids of all ages, parents and teachers have smiles on their faces when we staged a midget dance. It seemed such a simple dance number but to the eyes of the kids, it felt like they were watching the most beautiful kiddie show there is. We thank God for their positive outlook and great faith in a God who can answer their prayers. Kids from this school, when asked, dream of finishing their studies and helping their respective families.

Getting there was not actually easy. This makes it difficult for any other group to up the Norzagaray mountains and visit this school for any outreach activity. The way up means taking rough roads, be ready to catch all the dust your pores can handle. We armed ourselves with towelettes on our heads and faces as we went up. The climb up was steep, the jeepney had to slow down on some rough road patches or to wait for its turn on single lane rough roads. It is usual to see students in school without slippers, walking or taking horses to and from school.

We bought a Jesus cake and led everyone into prayer and singing the happy birthday song to Jesus. It was not a surprise to hear some of the kids say that it was their first time ever to have tasted a cake. They were all too happy to receive new pair of slippers, fruits, drinks, hygiene kits and toys.

If you have the heart to help Banawe Elementary school students this year, Team Deborah is prayerfully seeking help to prepare slippers, fruits, drinks, hygiene kits, toys, cakes/cupcakes, teachers’ gifts (pictured above) or any other items you would like to donate in time for December 17 visit. May God continue to be Your Rewarder as you seek ways to share your blessings this season.

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Telstra in the Philippines. The Real Deal.

rsz_1mbp_pinkChanced upon an FB page named Telstra Philippines and being a Telstra employee, this post definitely confirms that Telstra Philippines FB page is a scam and a fraudulent page (ridiculously offering free pre-paid kits). Be warned and think before you click. Telstra is an Australian Telco which partnered with three biggest BPOs here in the Philippines for offshore support needs. Thanking God for allowing me to be a Telstra hire and supporting contact centers on a daily basis. Working day-shift allows employees to work normal hours and strike a balance with family, hobbies, friendships, blogging and more! Other than this, I am happy for being a part of a socially-responsible company. It did not only offer job opportunities for the Philippines but it also provides support and assistance to the communities around them. And so, Telstra Foundation Philippines with the strong leadership of Teleperformance held Telstra Foundation Brigada Eskwela at Maligaya High School, right beside Ayala Fairview Terraces Teleperformance site. This public high school has a 3000 strong student population and as soon as I met my partner for the day, senior student Margarita, I know I will come out of this outreach activity encouraged more than I did to them.

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Most of the students come from families within or below poverty threshold and mostly come from a family of 6. It sounded like a simple activity for the day, to paint chairs and cover books but imagine the amount of chairs and books that will support all 3000 students day on day. It was encouraging to be welcomed by their student leader onset of the day and the rest of the interactions with the students tugged at everyone’s heart. In between painting the chairs, most meaningful for me was getting to know my partner student and finding ways to support her in any way. I am not new to the Maligaya community as our spiritual family, Victory Novaliches has always been covering Maligaya community through prayers and previous outreaches (gift giving, medical missions and community-based Victory groups). To see this school flourishing and growing as more and more people help them with their needs is surely an encouraging sight to see.

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It is our prayer that there will be more and more groups who will continue to support and empower Maligaya kids to share the vision and the responsibility of excellence and success.

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