‘Help a child go to school’

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

WORLD Vision Philippines yesterday appealed to Cebuanos to sponsor the education of children in northern Cebu and other areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda.

World Vision sponsorship associate Michelle Mecija said during the 888 News Forum at Marco Polo Plaza that sending a child to school is one way to help a family recover from the calamity.

Combined with the help of other sponsors, she said, the sponsorship program provides a long-term assistance to the community.


She said child sponsorship is about building relationships because it links the sponsor and the child.


“You will receive letters and updates from your sponsored child and community. At the same time, you can write, send gifts and visit your sponsored child by coordinating with us,” Mecija said.

To sponsor a child through World Vision only entails a donation of P7,200 for one year, which can be paid quarterly at P1,800 per quarter or monthly at P600 a month.

The sponsor may also make a lump-sum deposit.

“For an equivalent of P20 a day, you can already help a child whose parents have difficulties in providing for the needs of their family,” Mecija said.

She said the P600 a month can provide a child education; good health and nutrition;

values formation; rights protection; and skills and leadership training.

Give back

Mecija said those who want to sponsor can visit the World Vision office at Sugbotel on Sergio Osmeña Ave., Cebu City or www.worldvision.org.ph.

Joanne Sharmane Obispo, also of World Vision, said the program is called “One Vision for Children: Cebu Gives Back” to involve Cebuanos who were spared from the typhoon’s devastation and want to give back.

In another development, Gawad Kalinga Cebu said yesterday they need about 18,000 volunteers to conduct various activities from April 9 to May 30, 2014 in 11 municipalities in northern Cebu which were badly hit by Yolanda.

Toby Florendo, Gawad Kalinga officer in Cebu, said volunteers will help target communities rebuild houses, clean up, plant trees and conduct health missions.

“It's an opportunity to be heroes for five days,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 05, 2014.

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