“What do children, poverty and natural disasters have in common?” asks the readers this article published by Rappler; the answer is: “far too much”. The report “Education Disrupted” (2016), recently released by Save the Children, agrees with it and points out how in the Philippines, like in the whole Asia-Pacific region, children are often denied their right to education because of natural disasters: schools get damaged, even destroyed and used as evacuation centers, and not always DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) policies are as much financed and supported as necessary. Still, protecting children’s right to education is essential because it benefits not only children themselves, for instance by defending them from exploitation, but communities as a whole, also from an economic point of view.
Supporting the population by paying particular attention to children and their right to education is what Kito Onlus intends to do in Pinamalayan Town, municipality located in Oriental Mindoro (Philippines) and affected by typhoon Nona in December 2015 (we talked about it in our articles here and here). Last March Kito’s President, Paola Vecchiato, was present in the Barangay Banilad in order to evaluate the project of reconstruction of 3 classrooms of the Banilad school, destroyed by the typhoon, in order to fasten the restart of school activities and to guarantee educational continuity to 275 children attending the kindergarten and the primary school. Considering that the building is located at about 15 km of dirt road from the city, a distance that prevents local aids to reach the school, Kito’s support is particularly welcome. Moreover, this project is a Cash for Work one, offering a temporary job to the members of a community hit by natural disasters in order to permit them to earn money and be in the meantime active part of the the reconstruction phase that follows a calamity.