It was a Friday and the weather was not so cooperative. So when we started distributing, the principal of our recipient school, Daganas Elementary School in Barangay Daganas in the town of Catarman, informed us that not all the 503 children went to school that afternoon. It was okay, we told her. Anyway, we have already prepared everything.
For each child from Kinder to Grade 2, we gave 10 pencils. For each child from Grades 3 to 6, we gave 3 ballpens and 2 pencils because according to the teachers they still need pencils in taking some exams and in doing art activities.
Here is the number of recipients per class: Kinder A-27; Kinder B-22; Grade 1(A)-46; Grade 1(B)-43; Grade 2(A)-33; Grade 2(B)-40; Grade 3(A)-30; Grade 3(B)-45; Grade 4(A)-; Grade 4(B)-; Grade 5(A)-39; Grade 5(B)-37; Grade 6-39.
Since not all children were present, we endorsed the share of the absentee children to the principal and the teachers who are in charge of each class.
Here, my dear friends, are the children you have made smile with your generosity. Thank you so very much!
Notice the pencils these two kids are holding. So short yet they were still being used. I asked for the pencils and told the two kids I’d keep the pencils as souvenirs. They happily gave them to me 🙂
In one of the rooms, these caught my attention:
These pose danger to the kids. Konting pagkakamali lang, masusugatan sila. While many politicians in the country sit on cushioned and comfy seats, these children make do with what they’ve got: old, rusty, and broken desks and chairs. When will we truly look after our children?
Again, I want to thank you all supporting Pens of Hope. Thank you for helping create ripples, for standing up for these children, and for showing them that there are people who still care. “Thank you” doesn’t even come close to conveying the gratitude I feel for you but these are the only words I can come up with.
(Come December, Pens of Hope will have a special project for the kids in Northern Samar. I’ll announce the details soon. Also, I hope you visit the blog of Pens of Hope in Davao. They have also had another successful distribution. Congratulations, Davao!)