This June, Volunteer for the Visayans (VFV) Needs YOU to help assist in the construction of a community center for children enrolled on our Dumpsite Project.
For the last six years the Dumpsite Project has been rehabilitating children from working inside Tacloban City Dump by giving them the means to pursue mainstream education – however up until now the project has been burdened with the harsh reality of having no physical home. Over the years, our staff and children have squatted in and between borrowed spaces or beneath a bus shelter to hold regular meetings and distribute social welfare supplies.
Our vision is to construct a fully concrete structure in the community where the majority of the children on our project reside. The Community Center will not only act as a safe and comfortable environment for our staff to conduct meetings, but will also double up as a classroom whereby the children on the project can receive scheduled classes to help enhance their education. Aside from this, the introduction of a small kitchen area will not only offer VFV the opportunity to provide meals, but will provide the facilities to launch a future Supplementary Feeding Project for some of the local undernourished pre-school children.
Just like the Community Center in Bliss, we’re hoping that our new community center will be able to open up further projects and services for families residing in northern Tacloban, an area which is considered to be one of the poorest areas within the city limits. By volunteering on this project, you will be able to get your hands dirty and witness some immediately visible results.
By using volunteers, the prices of builds and renovations are significantly reduced due to the free labour source that each individual provides; without this intervention we would simply not be able to move forward with a project of this nature. Volunteers also provide much welcomed energy as well as their own skills; people with trades skills such as builders, plumbers and electricians are extremely useful, but no official training, qualifications or experience are required. Aside from the immediate physical results, this project will also provide local employment amongst local carpenters and tradesman, thus helping the local community.
If you want to find out more about participating on this special project, please contact us and help us truly make a difference to disadvantaged communities in Northern Tacloban. If you don’t have the time, but would like to pledge financial support, you can do so by supporting our Facebook Cause or by donating through our 501(c)(3) U.S. based tax-deductible sister organization the Goabroad Foundation.