Stella Abrera wrote -
Thank you for visiting Steps Forward for the Philippines.
People in the Philippines still need our help!
Super Typhoon Haiyan—the most powerful storm in recorded history ever to make landfall—ripped through central Philippines on November 8, 2013, trailing massive devastation in its wake.
Steps Forward for the Philippines, in alliance with the disaster relief organization OPERATION USA (opusa.org), is working towards the goal of building and supplying a school in Guiuan—a coastal municipality hit first and hardest by Haiyan.
At the moment, conditions for education in the region are verging on hazardous. Classes are held in overcrowded, makeshift schoolhouses (most of which are leaky tents). School supplies are scarce.
OPERATION USA has drawn up plans to build, according to international safety codes, a new school in Guiuan. This small complex of structures would facilitate the education of roughly 300 students. Local construction crews have been contacted and are standing by, ready to break ground. Simply stated, all that is needed for this project to step forward is more funding.
This September, I will appear as a guest artist with Ballet Philippines in Manila, dancing the title role in the classic ballet, Giselle. For me, the occasion will be a homecoming of sorts, as it will mark the first time I dance in the country of my heritage. Following the performance, I will travel to Guiuan to meet the kids of the region and survey the construction of their new school. I am honored and excited to dance in the Philippines, but I am most grateful for the opportunity to help these young victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Let's do this! Let’s build a school!
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From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
*note: All donations will go directly to this project and are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.