Universally, students across the globe look forward to the start of their new academic year- new classrooms, new stationery and meeting their classmates and teachers on the day they get back to school. However as much as going ‘back to school’ is an exciting time in a child’s life, it could be equally daunting for parents because of the expenses involved in sending children back to school. For most parents, allocating a substantial part of their income towards purchasing school supplies over and above the burgeoning costs of school fees and other expenses severely impacts their household budget.
Parents in Talubin, a close-knit community in Bontoc, located at the Mountain Province region of the Philippines are faced with immense financial pressure when it is time for their children to go back to school. Majority of the population in Talubin consists of construction workers who rely on meagre salaries to meet their family’s basic needs. With their low earnings, at best, they could afford basic second-hand supplies leaving no hope for children to begin their new school year with new school supplies.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope” and our CSR platform, H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People & Environment) works towards promoting ‘growth’. H.O.P.E has clearly identified its focus areas as Education, Financial inclusion & Literacy, Relief work & Philanthropy. H.O.P.E. initiatives aim to promote financial and social inclusion for thousands of people across the globe, supporting families and communities as well as individuals.
Education being the main pillar of H.O.P.E. we joined hands with the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong to mobilise an initiative to help school going children in Talubin. Our team journeyed to the higher altitudes of Talubin, met the children of Talubin Elementary School to distribute school kits which included bags, water bottles, notebooks, paper pads, pencils and crayons. The excitement on the faces of the children at Talubin Elementary School as they received the school supply kits for the academic year, spoke volumes about their innate happiness.
Through this initiative we could contribute towards shaping young minds for a brighter future and ease the burden for their parents who struggle to give them the basic amenities of everyday life. Our intent and initiative for the impressionable young minds at Talubin is as rooted in prosperity as it is empowering and encouraging. Our H.O.P.E initiatives, aligned to our core values are largely directed towards adding value to people’s lives across the globe. After all, the most effective way to help people is to focus on what we do best and make a difference wherever possible.