The Philippines team held several initiatives to support the children at Tabontabon Central School in Tacloban, a city badly wrecked by Typhoon Haiyan. Ascott staff volunteers helped to rebuild the school by repairing and repainting classrooms, replacing furniture and raising funds for reconstruction work. They also organised various activities such as classes in arts and crafts, music and English to support the children’s learning.
Ascott partnered with The Storytelling Project (TSP), a non-profit organisation that supports the love for reading in children. TSP’s Rey Bufi visited the school, where he gave lively enactments of children’s stories to the students. Books and materials were also donated to the school.
The Philippines team organised a Hope Poster Making Contest in which 30 students at Tabontabon Central School took part. Optimistic messages in the artworks helped to raise the spirit of the community. The posters were auctioned off and sold to residents at Ascott’s properties in Philippines and a total of PHP 59,440 was raised. The money was divided among the 30 participants for their schooling needs. The winner of the contest and his family enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to Manila.
The Philippines team organised various activities to raise funds for World Vision’s Typhoon Haiyan relief and rebuilding operations. As part of its relief response, World Vision distributed food, water and emergency supplies to nearly 400,000 typhoon victims. The team donated over PHP100,000 to support the overall program of the child-focused development agency.