It's Back to School in The Philippines and our child soldier and tribal community beneficiaries are excited to enroll in their new grade level. This is the fourth year of our child soldier scholars program. Funding support has enabled us to more than double the number of scholars since our inaugural class of 40 children. We have 100% re-enrollment and successful advancement to the next grade since inception; with nearly a quarter of our scholars moving up with honors, recognized in the top tier of class rankings. Our Just Education program for Indigenous People (IP) children takes compulsory classroom learning to the remote and mountainous areas of Agusan del Sur serving nearly 200 children up through grade 8.
We are now looking to supply rain gear for 285 children to help these special students learn and thrive, and arrive at school dry!