Since August 2021 IN-HOPE has adopted two vulnerable communities a few hours’ drive from Manila. The program is developing well. Initially we have supported 40 families. As from January 2023 we will increase our commitment to 70 families.
The two communities are in the province of Rizal in the east of the hustle bustle of Metro Manila and have been assessed as vulnerable. One is located near Antipolo, at the uttermost southern foothills of the Sierra Madre, the main mountain chain in Luzon. The other is a poor rural farming community in the hills of Montalban.
We make sure that children attend school and provide them with school materials and uniforms. We set in place strategies that children can access online classes and tuition.
Health and nutrition
Families are sensitized about issues related to health and nutrition. Children benefit from at least one medical or dental check-up a year. Groceries are provided three to four times a year, for example at Christmas.
Weekly care-growth meetings are organized for the children integrated in the program. They are encouraged to read and study. Volunteers do follow-up with the children who are struggling so no one is left behind.
Our committed and competent field workers live in these communities. They organize monthly coordination meeting with the parents and sensitize them on topics about parenting and financial management. A caring local support system is in place, so parents do not have to struggle alone.
In August 2022 we started the implementation of the backyard hog raising project. Four families have received their pigs or piglets. They are excited to have a new opportunity to augment their income. In 2023 we will monitor these projects and aim for multiplication.