The City of Bogo honours Projects Abroad volunteers in the Philippines
The City of Bogo and the Department of Education in Bogo City organised a dinner party for Projects Abroad volunteers in April 2014 at the City of Bogo Science of Arts and Academics (CBSAA). The event, dubbed as “Mga Pungpong sa Bulak” (Wreath of Flowers), was to acknowledge the volunteers’ dedication to help rebuild classrooms in public elementary schools in the city through Projects Abroad’s Disaster Relief project.
The two-part event started off with a buffet dinner, as guests were serenaded by CBSAA Rondalla Ensemble and City of Bogo Employees Chorale. Dr Nimfa Bongo, from the Department of Education, gave the welcome address while the Mayor of Bogo City gave very heart-warming words of gratitude to all those who helped rebuild the classrooms, saying how ‘the city of Bogo is a place of grateful people’.
Projects Abroad’s Operations Manager, Ligaya Basalo, also spoke and recalled the time when she first arrived in the country to set up the project after the typhoon. She felt that this project could strongly impact the community. In retrospection, she spoke, especially to the students who were present during the event, of how important education is. By helping these schools, she said, education is given a priority.
All of the volunteers who were involved in the Disaster Relief project since its inception were given certificates of appreciation. Volunteer William Hicks gave words of gratitude as well. He thanked everyone who made their stay worthwhile and for the hospitality and generosity of the city’s people.
The Disaster Relief project started in late November 2013 after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). At present, the project built a total of 15 classrooms in three elementary schools (Don Pedro, Taytayan, Bung-aw) and are now being used by the children. The project currently runs in two schools (Anonang Norte Elementary School and Dakit Elementary School), involving five totally and partially damaged classrooms.