Davao del Sur (Philippines) was struck twice by an earthquake swarm in a span of 2 weeks (October 16 & 29, with 6.3 & 6.4 magnitude) which led to damages in infrastructures. The Marcos D. Sarona Elementary School of San Miguel, Matanao was one of the schools affected.
The classroom buildings were destroyed, and the ones with cracks were deemed unfit for use by the local government engineers, it is just too dangerous for the school children to use, whose age ranges from age 5-13. The school has 3 buildings and only 1 building was safe to use and currently being used by grades 4 & 5. There are currently 5 classes having their lessons outside and under the mango trees (Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 and Grade 6).
On November 5, 2019, I heard from a friend that Marcos D. Sarona Elementary School urgently needs 2 more tents in order to provide more convenient learning space (protection from the rain and sun) for the kindergarten (from age 5-6) and Grade 6 (from age 12-13). Most of the families in the area are farmers and considered Indigenous Peoples. Being a mother myself and a firm believer of proper education, I immediately felt the urge to help specially when I saw that the community were all hands on and helping each other rebuild the school using and weaving coconut palms to use as the school’s temporary walls (as protection).
After getting all the information I needed from Mrs. Ma. Luisa Inoferio, the school’s President, Guidance Coordinator and kindergarden teacher, I found out that they still need 15,000 PHP in order to buy the second tent as the one they are currently using is needed somewhere else. I sent the remaining amount needed immediately out of my own pocket (306.81 CHF = 15,000 PHP) so when the school starts next week, the kids have something to use.
BUT..... that is just alleviating one of the basic things the school and the children need. The kids also need school supplies, as mentioned, most of the families in that area are farmers, and they too were affected….
Even if I feel that I’ve already done my share, I think that I can do more for them by sharing to you what they’ve been through, what they can do and have been doing with the least they have and hopefully to those of you who reads this can help provide some school supplies and maybe a meal or two for the volunteers helping rebuild the school. Your donation to them, will definitely make a difference and greatly appreciated. When you donate, you will receive a Deed of Donation from Department of Education.
If you need more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I can also connect you directly with Mrs. Ma. Luisa Inoferio and the school’s principal, Mrs. Rosita Mabaya.
FYI, I don’t know any of these amazing people and I’ve actually never been in that area, but I followed my intuition. My intuition was to help and that's all that matters.