Parents in Partnership
Parents believe that the survival of their families into the future depends on their children’s education, but in their poor situation, it’s difficult for them to achieve these wishes. We in the PEP program walk with them in their journey to let them feel that they are not alone. We have been providing lunches and school supplies to help the children stay in school. Edmund Rice Foundation Australia (ERFA) has challenged us to reduce this budget so we need to find ways to lessen the expenses. Parents are encourage to do the cooking or to supply vegetables or firewood as their counterpart.
Others did a Clean-up Drive in one area and Tree Planting in another as their response to the generosity of people who helped them.
Kabankalan Catholic College Edmund Rice Club joined the PEP beneficiaries in a Clean Up Drive in Hilamonan. This is one way to return the generosity of the Hilamonan officials who provided some school supplies. Br. John Moodie was there to help.
Another effort involved parents and children plant trees in Balisong to show that they care for the environment. We can’t deny the fact that one of the sources of income for the poor is cutting trees to produce charcoal or Kaingin in the local language. Replacing the trees that they had cut down has an environmental and an economic impact.
Some PEP Program students displaying. The medals won for achievement at the school awards presentation.