Rationale: Though education in the Philippines is tuition-free, pursuit of this education is not. There are costs, such as lunch and snacks, uniforms, and school supplies. There is often shame because of teasing from other children, because of clothes which are tattered and worn. Because of a wide array of variables, some children cannot go to school every day. She or he may have to walk one and a half miles to school, and arrive hungry and tired. Children often don’t want to go to school at all, and when they do, may sometimes come home with tears in the eyes.
School is not a fun experience for some children. I have heard of kids who despise school because of all these factors.
Parents often cannot afford these things, and sometimes give up on having their child finish high school at all. There are many children who, after elementary or junior high school, stay home to help their parents.
Girls often get pregnant early, becoming young mothers, and often the burden of another child can make the family sink into poverty more. Boys develop bad character and sometimes become drug dependent, and often end up working at a young age.
Now imagine that this child has money for snacks, uniform, and transportation. She isn’t hungry, isn’t teased, and not tired when she gets to school.
If a child can graduate from high school and college, that family will have a much greater opportunity to prosper – and a smaller risk of being taken advantage of. Add good morals and character, and a sense of civic duty to their education, and a child will really go far in the world.
In Kairos Children’s Fund, we desire to not only help with school needs, but also provide mentoring and discipleship to the scholar and information to the families.n