Balete, Batangas: continuous development

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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.

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 – 20th 2017, sixteen volunteers made their way to Balete where they participated in a service project. Volunteers carried out the following activities: visited a nursing home and orphanage in the local community, visited the public hospital in Cebu city, worked with the cancer warriors foundation to provide support to fifty local children suffering from cancer, provided first aid training to the students of Balete Family Farm School, taught children Australian art and culture, assisted in the refurbishment of the Cesar Ovona Elementary School by painting the exterior of the school and its basketball court. Volunteers also visited disadvantaged families in the nearby area, taking them food and relief items. The project was highly successful and the volunteers worked hard to achieve its outcomes.

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. 

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