Building a Daycare Center for the Young Lumad's in Bukidnon for a Better Future
Nacabuklad, San Fernando, Bukidnon
Barangay Nacabuklad is a community surrounded by mountains. It is rich in natural beauty as it’s also located near the Tigua River Contributory to the Davao River and Pulangi River. It used to be only accessible by foot, but because of the infrastructure projects by the government, this community is more accessible now.
Because of their location and availability of natural resources, most of the 60 households residing here rely on farming as a source of living. The local leaders and volunteers have established the “Kapitbahayan Small Farmers Association” to empower the farmers as one community. However, it is through this association where it was relayed that the children here prioritized farming to help their families, instead of attending school, which is 3.5 kilometers away. Out of the 200 children, only a handful is able to gain access to proper education.
There have already been efforts to help these children by transforming an existing structure within the community to a daycare center with a volunteer teacher being paid PHP 1,000 pesos per month to help. Because of this, the daycare center has grown from catering to 40 students in 2019 to 78 students in 2020 (pre-pandemic). The number of classes per day also increased to two (2) sessions - morning and afternoon.
The community is in need of PHP 295,000 pesos in order to construct and proper facility for the daycare center. Currently, the structure is made of scrap wood which will definitely not hold especially when typhoon season comes.
Members of the community will work together towards building this facility, minimizing the costs to cover for materials.
Tags: Education, Zero Exclusion
Let us help the lumad children in Bukidnon, who at an early age chose to work due to the lack of a nearby school in their area, gain access to basic education through a Daycare Center