Brigada Eskwela 2017: Bringing color to our South Cembo Elementary School student beneficiaries
Jun 5, 2017
MAKATI, PHILIPPINES, 3 JUNE 2017 – Children’s Hour gathered new and old friends for its Brigada Eskwela activity in South Cembo Elementary School in Makati last June 3, 2017.
Now on its second year, Children’s Hour once again participated in the nationwide Brigada Eskwela. This 2017, the foundation chose South Cembo Elementary School in Makati City as its beneficiary.
“South Cembo Elementary School is actually one of the most heavily populated schools in Makati, where most students enrolled here are from mid- to low- income families,” Ovy Javier, Children’s Hour Senior Resource Deployment Associate explained. “The overcrowding, in effect, wore out most of the school’s facilities easily,” she adds.
Together with the assistance and generosity of Clean Makers Construction & Services (CMCS), Children’s Hour gathered 61 volunteers who spent their Saturday repainting three classrooms with 150 chairs.
Popular radio jock and Children’s Hour Advocate, Sam Oh, was one with the volunteers in helping repaint the many chairs that students will use in the new school year. It was Oh’s first time to join the Brigada Eskwela and she commented on the timeliness of the activity.
“There have been some really crazy things happening around the world,” said Oh regarding current events worldwide. “I think one reaction to that is to feel kinda helpless because, really, what can you do short of stopping terrorism? I don’t really know how to do that. So I think maybe the answer would be to just go out and help and do something. This is just my way of doing that and I’m very happy to do that with Children’s Hour because it’s close to my heart.”
Brigada Eskwela volunteers not only gave their time and energy, they also gained new friends who shared the same passion of helping others in need.
“I feel happy and very fulfilled kasi in a little way we got to help little children get ready for school and we met new people in the program,” Maine Tomada said as she ate lunch with a friend after the activity.
The lingering summer heat did not stop the volunteers from giving back to their little brothers and sisters in need. They tirelessly painted the classroom walls and chairs of the students to give them newly painted and encouraging learning spaces.
“It was really nice to do something for children,” Danielle Solancho, a new Children’s Hour volunteer, said after the activity. “I feel accomplished. Sana ganito na lang every weekend ko [I wish my weekends would always be like this].”
Children’s Hour envisions a nation where Filipino children have access to their basic rights, such as the right to education, which will allow them to enjoy a happy, safe, and fulfilling future. With your continuous support, Children’s Hour can help more children like the students of South Cembo Elementary School to achieve their dreams.
Check out more photos of the activity by clicking on this link.