4-classroom new Yellow School of Hope for the students of Labney Elementary School in Tarlac! Paddles up to our lead implementor Tarlac Funds for Little Kids, uncle Mon Corpuz of Black Pencil Project and our partner the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) who undertook the construction.
It was a very challenging project logistically but when everyone is willing to sacrifice for the future of the kids anything is possible!
Labney Valley community in upper Camiling River in Brgy. Labney, Mayantoc, Tarlac.
Repost from Mon Corpuz: Yesterday, a 4-classroom school building was turned over to the village led by Anton Mari H. Lim and General Romeo Tanalgo; symbolically coinciding the graduation day of the elementary school. Dubbed as “Yellow School of Hope”, it’s shows how civil society groups, private sector and government partnership can do to help augment classroom shortages in the peripheries.
Labney Valley is home to the remaining surviving Abeling Tribe of eastern Zambales. It is also the remotest barrio in Tarlac province and becomes isolated during monsoon months when river water rises to the highest level, causing landslides. Poverty drives families to farm in the hinterlands leaving their children behind or miss school. At least 50% of elementary graduates don’t pursue higher education due to economic factors. This year’s valedictorian is a 17-year old Jaime Rino, an Aeta. He’s said while he’s happy, he’s sad that this is perhaps his last day as a student. He dreams to become a forester someday but can’t afford to go to high school in town, 16 kilometres away from the barrio. While studying, he moonlights as charcoal gatherer to help his family.
Yellow School of Hope is a bayanihan classroom project spearheaded by Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, BlackPencilProject, Northern Luzon Command, AFP in partnership with KlasrumsNgPagasa, GoShare, SuperGuardian, National Book Store Foundation and Mayantoc LGU.
Special thanks to 548th Engineering and Construction Battalion and 3rd Mechanized Battalion for the amazing work.
Aerial Photo courtesy of Noli C. Gabilo.