World Vision is most known for its Sponsor A Child program where individuals can donate monthly to sponsor a child’s schooling and help their community overcome poverty. The Christian organization has already helped thousands of Filipino children go to school and finish their studies through this program and some beneficiaries are now successful artists, brave law enforcers, and inspiring teachers.
But because of COVID-19, World Vision’s sponsor children, along with millions of other students around the country, have not been going to school as it poses a health risk. This deprives children of learning and development, and with the uncertainty brought about by this pandemic, no one knows when it will be safe to go back to holding physical classes in the classroom. (Read: Student Achiever with Cleft Palate Has This Advice for Fellow Graduates)
To address this, the Department of Education (DepEd) is looking into holding online classes by August for students to continue school amid the pandemic. But a major problem is that not all students have access to the internet or to gadgets that can be used to attend online classes. Some local government units such as Pasig City are raising funds to purchase gadgets such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets to aid students in their online classes, but with millions of students facing this problem, it simply isn’t enough.
Partnership for a Cause
Luckily, non-government organizations (NGOs) are taking the initiative to help out students in times like this. And one of these organizations is World Vision. World Vision Development Foundation is set to launch the “Abutin Na10 — Para sa Sampung Milyong Mag-aaral, Sampung Piso, Sampung Araw, Sampung Milyong Pilipino” program next week.
The program aims to raise funds for students’ gadgets and self-printing of handouts and modules by encouraging its partners to donate P10 for 10 days. The organization’s partners, one of which is My Pope Philippines, will be present for the launch on June 30, 9 am via Zoom. Other attendees will be education and literacy champions from both the government and private sector, including World Vision chairperson Retired Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno.
In case you’re interested, you may join the launch by going to facebook.com/worldvisionph.