Zamboanga del Sur is a province South of the Philippines. Its population is 1,010,674 to which 24.8% is considered poor (Philippine Statistics Authority, 2015). Main source of livelihood in the area are farming, fishing, and other forms of agriculture.
In total, there are about 800 public schools in the area. As with other public schools in the Philippines, issues on poor education services, malnutrition, and insufficient school facilities have been affecting children.
CheckMySchool initiative, has monitored 89 schools in Zamboanga del Sur covering the municipalities of Labangan, Aurora, and Tukuran. We helped local communities to systematically report the school issues and pushed the government to respond. CheckMySchool is a non-profit initiative that addresses public school issues by empowering communities to mobilize and engage their government through transparency and social accountability method.
Here are some stories that we have from our work in Zamboanga del Sur:
1. Serious malnutrition (click on link http://www.checkmyschool.org/love-overflows-in-glab-after-kids-death/ )
Local governments are continuing work to combat child malnutrition, particularly in remote areas of the rovince (see: http://www.checkmyschool.org/local-govt-addresses-malnutrition-in-remote-public-school/ )
2. Difficult Transport access to schools leading to high rate of student absenteeism.
There are also success stories that we managed to achieve with the community:
1. Barangay augments support for pavement rehabilitation in Combo, Zamboanga del Sur
2. Mayor taps CMS leader to address school issues
3. Volunteering brings out-of-school youth back to school
AMOUNT REQUESTED. We will focus our work in 30 most needy schools in the second half of 2018. We budget at total requirement of P600,000 (30 schools at P20,000 per school). Per past experience, the expenses are broken down into training for volunteers (P3,000), school stakeholders' meetings & feedback exercises (P6,000), follow-up on government actions ($8,000), and mobilizing private support ($3,000). We hope to mobilize the needed amount by 30 November 2018.
HOW DO WE WORK--HIGH IMPACT ASSISTANCE. Our method--known as the social accountability (SAc) approach--focuses on helping and empowering communities, parents, and other concerned citizens to monitor school conditions (including teaching quality), demand actions for identified problems, and support the government to resolve school-related issues. SAc also involve encouragement and appreciation of government leaders for progress achieved.
Our CheckMySchool experience had shown that SAc has a higher multiplier impact compared to tradtional charity giving. Small amounts spent on a school about $400-600 had generated large budgetary response by the governments as well as from private donors. Examples or responses are classroom repairs (valued at $10,000 -50,000 per school), toilet & running water (at $20,000/school), new textbooks, fence & security protection. Aside from multiplied funding, the SAc exercise to mobilize communities has helped prodded government authorities to perform public education services better. As a result SAc impact is longer lasting.
OFFLINE DONATION. You can make off-line Donation (Cash, Checks, ATM transfer, Wire Transfer, Phone Load (Pasaload / G Cash), please contact us through the registered e-mail address. Your offline donations will be recorded transparently on GoGetFunding.
Kindly see our CMS website and e-mail us for more information.