Nice to see you again Maria
Once upon a time a little girl named Maria has been gone out of school for weeks. We learned that she got sick and was not able to come back soon. She had flu and a bad cold, that's what they said, but I think it was more than that.
Today, Maria gained back her strength and is back to school. She doesn't know why she is sickly compared to the rest of the other children in her class. Her eyes have dark circles around them, her sun-kissed skin seemed to be pale and lost its glow and her uniform seemed to be very loose that you could tell she lost a few pounds. She always come to school with her freshly washed uniform, clean fingernails and beautifully long and ponytailed hair. She is my only friend in school. I think she is kind and industrious. Her mother always make her lunchbox with "pandesal" and eggs, ham or hotdogs or peanut butter in it. Her canteen is filled with fresh water. Sometimes I drink from her canteen and it is so generous of her to share it with me. We sit beside each other in the classroom and walk together after school. Sometimes we play "sipa" and "chinese garter".
Maria is good at making friends as well and participates actively in the class discussion. We are actually among the top ten in the class. Her mother is a housewife, while her father is a construction worker. Maria has two siblings. I learned that she is the eldest and the only one who goes to school. It could be that they are too young to go to school yet. Although we live in the same little town, we live a few kilometers from each other and only see each other at school.
One bright day, came a group of people to visit the school and started building a handwashing facility. The facility gave the 850 students the access to clean water and the school thought them the right handwashing habits. Although the facility could only accommodate a few students to wash their hands at the same time, it is a good start for them to learn that washing hands regularly helps in preventing sickness and diseases. In a ratio of 1 faucet to 85 students, it might be that there is a cue in the handwashing facility every 2-3 minutes.
Rotary Club of Angeles Skytown together with the support of 12 jewels of Alpha Phi Omega in the Philippines made this project possible before the end of 2018. The project is targetting to build another handwashing facility in the same school this year.
Francisco Henson Elementary School is located in Santa Cruz, Porac, Pampanga headed by the school Principal Ms. Lyn Deang.
To protect and promote every Filipino to quality, equitable, culture-based and complete basic education.
We dream of FIlipinos who passionately love their country and whose competencies and values enable them to realize their full potential and contribute meaningfully to building the nation.
We are learner centered public institution that continuously improves itself to pursue its mission.
In every school in the Philippines, whether or not are located in the rural areas provides quality and complete basic education which is recognized by the Department of Education in the Philippines. Every teacher has completed his/her education which enables him/her to impart knowledge to the students.
The environment of some depressed areas in the Philippines affects the daily performance of every student and of the teachers in the school. Therefore, a lot of these schools need the support of the community. Every student needs a chair and a writing table and it is the same with books and other learning materials that helps them in their further development as a student and as a citizen.
Dr. Carina David has been my point of contact in writing this blog. For queries, you may send her an e-mail at email@example.com or you may coordinate directly with me if you are in Denmark.
You may also visit the facebook page of the school for more information.
Department of Education, Philippines
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