A fresh start for destroyed school

The children of San Roque Elementary School celebrated the completion of a new classroom last month thanks to VFV ‘s Build-A-School project. The new classroom — funded by multiple members of the VFV community — provides grades three and four students with a cool, clean and distraction-free space to learn. “We are grateful and relieved

Typhoon-damaged school set to be rebuilt

Rebuilding typhoon-damaged Cangumbang Primary School is set to begin shortly. Builders at the site have almost completed erecting temporary classrooms where the school’s 117 pupils will be housed while reconstruction of the main building takes place. The workmen say they hope to complete the temporary classrooms, which have been funded by UNICEF, within the next

Volunteers to the rescue: At Barangay Planza

A group of seven VFV volunteers packed their bags to go for an overnight trip to a lovely village on a little island just north of Leyte, Brgy. Planza in Babatngon.

The Filipino military had a massive truck available for us, which we needed to load up all the supplies. The fun part was to load all our supplies onto the Filipino ‘Bangkas’ boats to get everything to Planza, but with a few times going back and forth we managed to get everything across the water. The principal of Planza Elementary school and a whole bunch of kids gave us a very warm welcome. And of course the Filipino hospitality made sure we had lunch before we started working.

During typhoon Yolanda gladly most of the school got spared except for one classroom. A massive tree got blown over by the strong winds and fell straight down onto the roof of the room. We brought new supplies to rebuild the classroom but first we had to get rid of this big tree. The boys started with the chainsaw, cutting down piece by piece. Straight away the local guys came out to help and naturally they seemed much more comfortable on the roof with their ‘monkey-skills’.

The girls helped around cleaning up and being a safety barrier to keep the kids at a distance.

A lot of the village boys came to help us and seemed very happy to make themselves useful. Like the principal said, “they need fresh motivation from volunteers like you to keep us going.” So together with the local people we worked very hard and by the end of the day we had the tree down!

VFV’s new home?

Could this dilapidated three room building within the limits of San Roque Elementary School in Tanauan, Leyte be the next location for a Volunteer for the Visayans (VFV) Community Center? With over ninety regular program recipients in the area, VFV strongly believes that Tanauan, Leyte could and should be the next location for its community center expansion and with a little bit of help from Department of Education officials, could be made possible by as early as the first quarter of 2012.