I’ve had some questions asking more about what we do. Yesterday, I told you about the children’s home. The other part of the operation, and the most important part, is the school.
The school – We started the first classes 2 years ago. The initial classes were in general studies because we do not have the funding yet for some of the asset intensive classes in the vocational and technical studies that are planned. Currently the classes are meeting in an open-air shelter that is being loaned for that use.
The local pastors and leaders that we have been working with compiled a list of jobs that could be had in the local area that would support a family. The challenge was that most of these took some additional training. The people in the village don’t have the money to support their family and go to school for training.
The Philippine government has some free training for a number of courses. The problem is that the cost to get online to study at the internet café is about 20%-33% of the daily wages of most of the people. So, part of the school structure is to set up things to provide access to these training courses.
There are additional vocational and technical training classes planned as well as general studies and business classes. The reasoning by the leaders was that in addition to the new skills, business skills would help them run their own businesses. If they chose to work in a call center or an office environment, some of the general studies classes would make them a more valuable employee.
The school is being set up as a work study system to allow them to work so they can afford to go to school. It will also give them a demonstrated work history in the field that they are wanting to study.
As the school begins to provide training for living wage jobs in the area at home, we are looking forward to the need for the children’s home to decrease. By keeping the family unit intact many of the problems associated with the broken families can be minimized. Additionally, the attraction of the sexual trafficking that is becoming noticeable in the area, can be minimized when there are other options such as jobs that pay enough to support a family.
So please, remember us in prayer as we continue to move forward and any donations toward the school will be appreciated.
In closing, I would like to share a video that shows the life of an overseas foreign worker and the sacrifices that they make.
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If you would like to hear more about the children’s home, I am available to speak to your church, missions group, or other organization.