"Back-to-School Campaign" by Habitat Philippines

Learning A, B, C's or A, BA, KA, DA. or 1, 2, 3, ... always start at home.  Our first teacher is our parent where each of us encourage to learn these things.  

Not only our parents teach us but, also the community where we live at can also influence us as part of our learning process as we grow up.  As we all know,  Education is the key to Success.  Without "U", you can't feel and spell the word "S CCESS".  Interesting is in it?

How can we achieve this if we don't have what you called "home" or place we could start the fundamentals of learning?

Children lack access to decent education when they lack access to decent home. Access to proper education has recently been hampered due to various socio-economic factors, such as lack of proper healthcare, job opportunities for parents and notably, adequate housing. 

 
So, last June 2015, Habitat for Humanity Philippines launched its Back-To-School Campaign program.  The objective is to generate funds for families, especially for their children, to have a conducive learning environment, which we believe a home can provide. There is a strong need for us to address this concern because we also believe that for a child to be able to live a dignified life with filled with hope, education is a fundamental building block for them. 

In our country, more than four million families live in unsafe, unsanitary and unhealthy places which they call ‘home’, hindering the learning environment of the children living in these conditions.  They are the "poor" families belongs to class D and E in our community.

“High-quality, affordable housing, located in safe neighbourhoods can go beyond providing basic shelter and stability, and can help provide a stable environment where children access high-performing schools, learn, and succeed academically.”, according to The Urban Institute (2012)

And, according to Rothstein (2013), a child who lives in inadequate housing, has limited ability to enrich themselves, stunting their growth and development in their crucial formative years. It takes a direct toll on the child’s capacity to develop and fully realize the skill sets and potential they possess.

Consequently, these children are more likely to become exposed to violence, crime and drug abuse, further postponing their development (Urban Institute, 2012).

The case of youth offenders has increased and continues to as the Philippine National Police found an 18% increase in juvenile crimes reported, in 2008.

“Children have the right to have a healthy home and neighbourhood which provides them a sound learning environment – where learning is easy, and cherished. If we focus on giving children the decent homes they not only deserve, but have the right to, our future will be prosperous,” says Charlie Ayco, Managing Director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

School provides our children the knowledge to equip the next generation, but without the environment to foster that knowledge, they are unable to apply these lessons to their lives.

A home is more than just four walls and a roof. It is where children develop into the best versions of themselves.  “Together, let’s build a world where every child has a decent place to live, and study,” says Ayco.

To be part of this program, you extend your help by giving a donation to Habitat Philippines at http://bit.ly/DonateToHabitat and click “Donate Now”

To know more, you can check these documents for your reference.

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/may13/vol70/num08/Why-Our-Schools-Are-Segregated.aspx
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20090210-188547/Juvenile-crimes-up-by-18----PNP
http://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/alfresco/publication-pdfs/412554-Housing-as-a-Platform-for-Improving-Education-Outcomes-among-Low-Income-Children.PDF 


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