Backpacks for Aeta students in Pampanga
Organized by: Ron Snyder
EVENT DATE Sep 07, 2015
UPDATE Aug. 28, 2015: We've recently been informed by the Camias Integrated School administrator, Mr. Buan, that there are other items that are more vital to their students. These include calculators and English-Tagalog dictionaries for HS students, and shirts and umbrellas for Elementary students. The organizers within HAU, NetAcad, and FPN all agreed to address the more essential needs of the students, and to purchase these items instead of backpacks and school supplies.
The Backpack fundraiser benefits Aeta students at the Camias School in the remote area of Porac Pampanga, Philippines. We are providing school supplies needed by these kids, and also to encourage them to stay in school since majority of them stop attending altogether after elementary school.
For as little as $10, you can help provide pencils, crayons, pad paper, art paper, and backpacks for students.
The actual date of the outreach event is September 14, 2015. The fundraiser end date is set for September 7 so that we have at least one week to purchase all the school supplies. Our goal is to give backpacks to 400 Aeta students at the Camias school.
How this outreach began
It all started with an idea; to participate in a community service activity with the few free days we have available in the Philippines before heading back to the U.S. After numerous emails to several NGOs and co-workers, a suggestion was made by our colleague in Makati to give backpacks to the Aeta children in Pampanga.
What's been done so far and next steps
With the logistics and coordination support of Cisco's Networking Academy - Philippines, Filipino Professional Network (FPN), Tactical Operations, and Holy Angel University in Pampanga, we were able to solve for the staging, movement, volunteers, and distribution of the supplies. The only hurdle to overcome is the purchase of school supplies, using your donations, which will be done locally to save on costs.
We currently do not have an NGO involved in this endeavor, it is just coworkers, friends, family, and a university organization that came together to help children that need the tools to make themselves better.