Group raising funds for continued education of marginalized students amid pandemic

A child rights group on Friday urged donors to support a fund-raising initiative to help children from low income families as well as those living in marginalized areas to continue their education through online and modular learning during the pandemic.

(Save the Children Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

Save the Children Philippines (SCP) is doing this through the second "Humanity as One, Protecting, Educating," or HOPE Online, set on Aug. 22, Saturday, with SCP Ambassador Katarina Rodriguez as host.

The two-hour event will feature celebrities led by Martin Nievera, Erik Santos, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Gian Magdangal, Chantal Videla, Princess Velasco, and Yam Concepcion.

Meanwhile, celebrity entrepreneurs RJ Ledesma of Mercato Centrale, Drea Zulueta Lorenzana of Piandre Salons, and Carol de Leon of Angkan World, will also share their insights on making businesses agile and adaptive.

Likewise, Christine “Tin” Dychiao, the first certified KonMari Consultant in the Philippines, will provide tips on how to organize homes, while Chef Jessie Sincioco will cook.

“Children are at the epicenter of the pandemic and suffer from unspeakable hunger and undernutrition due to the decline in family income, and continue to miss out on learning from school closures,” said SCP Chief Executive Officer Atty. Alberto Muyot.

HOPE Online seeks to raise funds for the benefit of Project ARAL to provide educational supplies, age-specific learning modules, and digital devices for some 7,300 learners from poor communities nationwide including the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and Eastern Samar.

“We aim to reach more children, particularly in marginalized areas in Visayas and Mindanao, and with our partner celebrities joining us in this shared advocacy, we hope more people can help us ensure that every child will have a future,” said Muyot, who is also a former Undersecretary of the Department of Education (DepEd).