World Vision, Nagdilaab Foundation formalize pact to boost Basilan children’s learning

WORLD Vision and Basilan-based nongovernment organization Nagdilaab Foundation Inc. (NFI) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will help families and the local government units in the province of Basilan provide better education and protection to children.

“World Vision is fortunate to sign an agreement with an experienced and…child-focused organization, NFI, in ensuring the well-being of children in Basilan,” said World Vision National Director Rommel Fuerte. “We are also excited to work with everyone here in the province: from the academe, families to government agencies, in giving children the conducive environment to learn and fulfill their dreams someday.”

“NFI is happy to have partnered with World Vision in assisting children in Basilan to have better access to education, and ensuring that their well-being is advocated,” Nagdilaab Foundation Executive Director Miriam Suacito said. “[We believe every Filipino child should be given equal opportunities in society to make their dreams come true, their lives better, and that] no child must be left behind.”

Fuerte and Suacito signed the MOU witnessed by World Vision, Amores Interfaith and Jabu-Jabu the Calling staff members.

The pact, under World Vision’s “Reaching Children in BaSulTa Island Provinces for Child Well-Being” project, will guarantee children and youth have improved access to education, and their families and communities can be prepared in times of disaster or emergencies. BaSulTa stands for the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, which are all in the southernmost part of the Philippines.

According to Project Coordinator Mark Sefuentes, many of the children in Basilan need assistance: “I’ve noticed…some children…go to school by boat on their own, which is quite risky. Some of [them] are without slippers.”

Aside from the MOU signing activity, the two organizations also provided around 100 children with new school bags that contain supplies such as crayons, a drawing book, hygiene items, a raincoat, a flashlight, and solar-powered radio. Three initial learning centers received printers, inks, and bond paper.

“The children and families were so happy to receive these items, especially the solar-powered radios. One of the communities still has no electricity. The radios will be useful to them as they listen to news and announcements,” Sefuentes shared.

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