PDC is actively involved in projects that benefit the lives of children in various municipalities around the globe. These projects are aimed at helping local communities at a grass roots level.
PDC has partnered with Philippines-based community group Gawad Kalinga to take part in the annual Bayani Challenges. Together with local leaders in more than 200 municipalities across the Philippines, the Bayani Challenge sees funding partners and volunteers work to bring concrete hope and help end poverty in villages across the country. The challenge includes activities like youth conferences, house builds, repairing schools, health missions, sports programs and clean-up drives.
As part of the Bayani Challenge 2014, PDC provided volunteers and funding to help rebuild a school in Palo, Leyte – a very poor region in the Philippines. Following the ground breaking in May 2014, PDC staff volunteered their time to re-build the kindergarten school for 3 to 6 year olds. The previous Sibol School had been destroyed by typhoon.
June this year, PDC volunteers together with Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation headed back to the typhoon stricken province of Leyte. They led the formal turnover of the PDC Sibol Learning Centre. Volunteers conducted several outreach activities such as distribution of school supplies to the children of Brgy San Agustin Palo. They also hosted livelihood programs for mothers such as basic entrepreneurial marketing and accounting session, cooking and awarded basic livelihood starter kits and held a father’s day barber treat for the fathers.
For the participants it was a totally unforgettable experience. The team completely immersed themselves in living with the locals in an area and felt that they were the ones who benefited from the experience.