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HAGNAYA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Baranggay Hagnaya, San Remigio, Cebu

Structure built:
One storey classroom

Structure completion:
9 July 2015

One classroom serves:
90 pupils

Existing classroom still in use during our inspection in March 2015. Built during the Marcos era.
Our very enthusiastic and warm Hagnaya welcoming committee during the inspection with Karen Bergan
The Hagnaya school children fondly referred to Karen as ‘Princess Diana’
New Classroom
School is in session
Student Beneficiaries
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Background:
The school was among those badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan last 2013. It received limited support both from the government and private sector due to the remote location of the school.

SAB-A ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Antonio Y. De Pio Highway San Remigio, Cebu

Structure built:
One storey classroom

Structure completion:
9 July 2015

One classroom serves:
90 pupils

Welcome to Sab-A Elementary
Classes in Session
New Classroom
Classes in Session
Student Beneficiaries
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Background:
The school was among those badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan last 2013. It received limited support both from the government and private sector due to the remote location of the school. This school is even more remote than Hagnaya Elementary, with no paved roads leading to the school. Construction was more challenging and a bit more costly due to the logistics involved in the project.

ANCILLAE CHRISTI SCHOOL

Dangayon, Camayaan, Loboc, Bohol

Structure built:
One storey, 2 classroom structure *

Structure completion:
24 May 2015

One classroom serves:
180 pupils

During inauguration of TBGF classroom building with Voluntourism kiddie volunteers.
Classes in Session
School Assembly
Friends & family from HK & Manila volunteer for the Brigada Eskwela activity.
Volunteers at the Bohol Beach club
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Background:

*Note: (elevated to a two-storey height to protect the building from excessive flooding from Loboc River during rainy season)

Established in 1995, Ancillae Christi School of Loboc (formerly known as Christ the King Cathechetical Centre) is the only catholic preschool in the municipality which caters to marginalized children by providing them with quality Christian education. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the entire province of Bohol last 15 October 2013. Ancillae Christi School of Loboc & Sevilla centers were badly affected by this disaster. The congregation already secured a lot of 800 sq meters prior to the earthquake but due to financial constraints, the construction of new buildings could not proceed. The amount of PHP185K was previously solicited as a seed money to start the landfill. This school caters to 300+ indigent students within their community. All students are scholars of the school’s foundation and receive free education. The classrooms donated by TBGF was the first infrastructure received by the school and have helped increase enrolment.

GENERAL SANTOS NATIONAL SCHOOL OF ARTS AND TRADE

Tiongson Street, Lagao, General Santos City

Structure built:
One storey classroom structure

Structure completion:
May 2017

One classroom serves:
90 pupils

Big ‘Thank You’ from the students
Classroom inauguration with the school principal and school district officials.
Classroom in Session
Hard at work in Sewing class
Cultural presentation at the inauguration
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Background:

GenSan Trade School is a public school that has been authorized by the Department of Education (DepEd) to operate for the secondary level, to help address the large volume of students at the only other secondary school in the area, Notre Dame University. However, depend was not able to provide the school with a budget to build classrooms, as protocol requires 2 to 3 years of operation for the school to first prove that their academic performance meets DepEd standards. To minimize the number of drop-outs – mostly those who cannot afford to go to nearby Notre Dame — the school opted to build 2 “makeshift” classrooms in order to accommodate its increasing number of enrollees.

The two classrooms were barely furnished. Students and teachers have to bring their own chairs (and desks). The classrooms are divided only by a makeshift wooden wall and some freestanding shelves. The walls are so thin that teachers can hear each other’s lessons from their sides of the room. The open windows are covered with tarpaulin when it rains and opens when the weather is hot. Since there is no flooring – in the summer months, the teachers and students wet the ground so that they do not cough from all the dust. When it rains, however, their classroom turns muddy.

The school has received some help from one non-profit organization which has just finished building two classrooms to the left of the existing makeshift ones. With just that development, however, enrollment for Grades 7 to 10 has already ballooned from just 150+ last year to 500+ students this school year. Because the teachers also conduct trade classes.

BASCO CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Basco, Batanes 

Structure built:
2 One storey classrooms

Structure completion:
July 2017

One classroom serves:
180 pupils

Arrival at Basco Central School
Unveiling of classroom donation plaque
Giving away school shoes donation
Gardening activity
Games activity with SPED students
Classroom in use
Class is in session
Voluntourism activity at the Batanes lighthouse
Happy volunteers enjoying the stunning Batanes
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Background:

Batanes is like nowhere else in Southeast Asia. Its people, the Ivatan, have endured such conditions for some 4,000 years, mostly alone in their own part of the world. Innovation and resilience have been fundamental to a life in isolation, and in the path of many of the region’s typhoons. The school has been badly hit by typhoon Ferdie in 2016. Despite pleas to their local government units and Department of Education, limited funds were provided and getting resources proved to be very difficult. The classrooms built in this school can withstand 350 kph of wind strokes, surpassing the Department of Education standards of 300 kph. Total enrollees as of 2017 is 300 including 19 Special Education students. 

BALASIG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Cabagan, Isabela 

Structure built:
2 One storey classrooms

Structure completion:

One classroom serves:
180 pupils

Makeshift classroom
2 new classrooms
Ribbon cutting ceremony at the inauguration
Smiling girl presents a gift
Balasig schoolkids at the inauguration
Classroom in use
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Background:

Cabagan, Isabela is located in the tip of Northern Luzon, north Philippines. This municipality is considered the business center of 3 nearby towns and the main source of income is agriculture. Their people are called Ybanags who are mostly well-educated. This school, on the other hand, has suffered badly due to neglect and lack of funding from the government. It has 316 students from Grades 1-6, 53 students in kindergarten and 15 teachers. The school is comprised of 7 classrooms with 4 makeshift or temporary classrooms. 

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