Tangara School for Girls has been running service projects to the Philippines since 2012. In 2015 Reledev signed an agreement with Tangara, and the project is now run in collaboration between Tangara and Reledev. Service projects provide young Australian women with the opportunity to get involved in poverty alleviation activities.
As of 2015 21.6% of the Filipino population lived below the national poverty line with 12.1% of these living in extreme poverty. The total income of the wealthiest 20% of Filipino’s is more than 8 times greater than the total income of the poorest 20%. 39.4% of poverty occurs in rural areas. The small village of Balete is located in the province of Batangas on the island of Luzon, approximately 92 kilometres south of Manila. In Balete 17.2% of people live in poverty with 66.5% living below the poverty threshold. Children and the youth in particular face challenges in education on a daily basis.
From December 9th – 21st 2016, seventeen volunteers made their way to Balete where they participated in a service project. Volunteers carried out the following activities: taught first aid as well as computer based training in resume writing and graphic design to girls from disadvantaged families who study at the Balete Family Farm School; continued the repainting of the exterior of the school building; visited disadvantaged families in the nearby area to support the local community, taking them food and relief items; visited an orphanage and nursing home as well as the paediatric ward at the public hospital in the city. Volunteers also worked with the Cancer Warriors Foundation to provide food, clothing and toys to 50 children from the local area suffering from cancer. It was a highly successful project and the volunteers worked hard to achieve what the project set out to do. They also found the time to teach the school children about Australia and its culture.
We need your support as so many others can benefit from Reledev’s projects. You can also volunteer overseas on a service project locally or overeseas. You can help by donating to the Reledev cause. A little goes a long way.