"We built the foundation of what would be someone's future school. Five stacks of bricks will soon mean a child's education, his hope, her freedom, and their dreams," reflects a MicroSourcing volunteer after joining the Children's Hour Donors' Build.
In Calauan, Laguna, 11 MicroSourcing volunteers joined Children's Hour, Habitat for Humanity, and other donors in laying the foundation of a daycare structure in a Habitat village. They stacked bricks with representatives from the Angelo King Foundation, Integrated Microelectronics, Heads of Mission, and other student volunteers. The Philippine Navy, Globe TM, and True Value sponsored transportation, gloves, and other build materials.
Once built, the Children's Hour's Daycare Complex will provide preparation for formal schooling to 2,000 children of Habitat villages in Calauan. All 10 classrooms will make a learning sanctuary where children can develop cognitive and motor skills, as well as their emotional intelligence and Filipino identity.
The daycare complex will utilize a special curriculum called Eskuwelaryo, developed by the Raya School, "a progressive school dedicated to helping children discover themselves, their roots and the world around them." The special program will combine traditional subjects and lessons on citizenship, cultural diversity, environmental stewardship, child safety, and health, nutrition, and hygiene.
All sponsors, donors, and organizations involved in the project are looking forward to building the school after three years of preparation and planning.