Public Elementary and Primary Schools and Public High Schools are free in the Philippines, but what prevents the ultra poor from sending their child to school is the mandatory school uniform, the sports uniform, school shoes, rubber shoes, books, stationary, school bag, the school excursion fee, extras needed for special projects, and (most important) transport to get them from their obscure shanty villages to the nearest school. $330 covers all these necessary costs and supplementary costs for the year.
For the younger Elementary and Primary School students, $200 is sufficient to cover the immediate school associated costs - but we need $130 towards either a solar panel and lights installation for their "house" so they can study, or towards day-care to look after student's younger siblings (to free the student to attend school) or towards the extra transport costs for other students living long distances from their schools.
Public Colleges are not free. Basic College fees are typically $1500 a year. But $330/ year is a handy start. We hope we can find 2 or more donors per college student.
The local manager dispenses these funds month by month on receipt of school attendance reports and passing grades.
In dump-site ares, the local manager dispenses the funds directly to where the funds are needed, removing the temptation faced by parents to use these sponsorship funds for other purposes.
OTHER THAN MANDATORY GOV'T REQUIRED ADMIN, NO OTHER ADMIN COSTS EAT AWAY AT YOUR DONATION.
Any preferences - age group, boy/girl, depth of need, disabled, single parent/no parent child . . .
Or are you happy for us to chose a child/young person for you?
Many times, kids don't make it through school because the parents have to choose day by day between buying food or the expense of sending their child to school. Other times, kids are pulled out of school by their parents to help look after their younger siblings. If dad isn't making enough money from scavenging, mum will also have to join him, and the older kids will need to play parents to the younger ones for the family to survive. Many times the whole family scavenge together.
We want to make a difference here, and give these teenagers/young adults a second chance. $300/year can make the difference between going to classes or not. And if they graduate High School, they have a much stronger chance of getting a job.
Poverty No More is a partner for Project J1006N Transforming Dump-Site Communities with Australian Government required administrators - Global Development Group
(ABN57 102 400 993)