Serve On members are all set to deploy to the island of Cebu in the Philippines for a joint operation to help improve the lives of the disaster-struck population there.

We have partnered with Team Rubicon and Dentaid in a collaborative effort to try to build local resilience and to improve education facilities for the poorest children in the city of Mandaue.

Teams of volunteers from the three organisations will depart on the morning of Saturday 19 August to The Philippines.

Home to the 'Scavenger children'.

Home to the 'Scavenger children'.

The collaborative mission will be focused on Umapad Elementary School, a publicly-funded school that provides education to a group known as “scavenger children”. These children live by recycling other people’s waste into money.

Manduae is a large city of around 365,000 people but with little funding for schooling the poorest people within its population. Large areas of slum-condition housing border its city centre limits with little or no opportunities for the young people there to progress away from poverty and into employment.

Damaged classrooms make learning difficult. 

Damaged classrooms make learning difficult. 

Umapad Elementary School services a slum area that has been devastated by numerous incidents including earthquakes, large fires and damage from recent typhoon activity. The buildings are mainly constructed from scrap materials and easily fall victim to any bad weather conditions. The school is struggling to provide good opportunities for education and is groaning under the weight of students and lack of resources.

Storm-damaged school building.

Storm-damaged school building.

The three charities will together provide vital repairs to the school, support teachers with training and equipment, enhance delivery of education to the poorest children in the city and provide much needed dental care to the children.

Serve On's team will work with first responders and local support volunteers in order to establish a bridge of training and support for the future.

Serve On student members from the Salisbury Area will work with students of the University of Cebu to provide educational support and to offer resources to support learning

Ready to provide vital resilience training to local first responders.

Ready to provide vital resilience training to local first responders.

Team Rubicon, meanwhile, will deliver crucial support by working with people to rebuild classrooms and ensure they are ready to support a learning environment.

Dentaid is a Salisbury-based charity that provides dental equipment and treatment along with education and training on dental health to affected communities around the world, so while construction takes place, Dentaid will provide a Dental Treatment Centre for the children and their families.

The multi-layered project endeavours to combine our skills in order to provide support and resilience to the scavenger children and their families.

We wish them all the best on such a worthwhile venture. Watch out here for further updates.

Offering our support to the children of Manduae

Offering our support to the children of Manduae

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