When Typhoon Yolanda smashed the roofs off twelve (12) out of fifteen (15) classrooms at the Tanza Elementary School, eleven (11) blackboards were left either damaged or completely destroyed. For the last seven (7) months teachers have been getting by using makeshift boards.
Thanks to money from Roly Newton, Kristina Harej and Ross and Margaret Digman of South Mission Beach, Australia eleven (11) new blackboards are being constructed and installed.
The video below features Ma’am Frecie De Angel, Principal and Head Advisor of the Tanza Elementary School. Ms De Angel, who is a caring and experienced lady, explains some of the issues faced by the school teachers and students since the Typhoon.
I was at the school to take collection of the materials s they were delivered. Local tradesman will construct the boards onsite and then install in each of the classrooms.
Once the boards are completed we hope to build a gym and shade area. Keep checking this blog regularly for progress on this project.
Again, thanks so much to the generosity of four (4) people who have made a significant difference to the education of over 600 children, many of whom are living in deep poverty.
Seven months after Typhoon Yolanda, the school has still received no government assistance. Below, Grade 5 Advisor Ma’am Jing leads her class despite significant portions of the roof of her classroom are still missing.
The video below shows the active support of parents at the school.
I was very proud to be invited to the opening ceremony of the Tanza Elementary School. Principal Frecie De Angel delivers the opening message. It may not look like much but it was hot hot hot for the kids and parents.
© 2014 Melinda Irvine