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The Adopt-a-School Project in Rissing Elementary School (2008-2012)

  • Hot and nutritious meals for malnourished Rissing Children
    Hot and nutritious meals for malnourished Rissing Children was also part of the Adopt-a-School Project

    Existing records of the Rissing Elementary School Malnourished and Undernourished students will help future feeding programs in the school (that could be funded by the Department of Education) in the sense that the school already identified those who need supplemental meals and those who do not need them, thus lessening the risk of double and/or moot implementation.

  • Through the feeding program, children and parents became more aware as to the right height and weight of properly-nourished children. Due to this knowledge, the parents can easily determine if their child is undernourished or malnourished.
  • Through the feeding program, a group of volunteer mothers became a united health committee that not only implemented the project by preparing the children’s meals but also monitored the children’s height and weight and provided advise on meal preparation to the participants’ parents
  • Through the feeding program, the teachers and canteen personnel of the Rissing Elementary School developed ways of preparing nutritious food that are both affordable and delicious. Once HBI, CO-OPERAID and Ylenia Foundation leaves the project area, the school’s canteen will still be able to prepare the nutritious, delicious and affordable meals to the children enrolled in the school.
  • Through the school-based medical and dental check-ups, the Rissing Elementary School was able to create valuable linkages with other groups like the Department of Health Medical Office, the local Red Cross and various municipal nurses and health workers. These linkages can be tapped by the school for needed medical and dental check-ups even after HBI, CO-OPERAID and the Ylenia Foundation leave the project area at the end of project implementation.
  • Through the school-based medical and dental check-ups, the Rissing Elementary School teachers, specifically the teachers who serve in the school clinic, became aware as to who among the children have current illnesses and in need of continued guidance while in school. The result is that the children’s health was monitored not only by their parents but also by their teachers and needed medicines and medical attention were requested from HBI or purchased by their parents.
  • Through the provision of contraceptives to Rissing mothers, HBI became aware that the Rissing Community’s Community Health Office already advocates and spreads awareness on Family Planning Methods and Responsible Parenting- hence there is no need for HBI to implement these seminars to the Rissing Elementary School parents and families. The need to provide the appropriate supplies for the parents’ chosen family-planning methods was answered by HBI through the said provisions as advised by the HBI Area Leaders.
  • Through the various seminars on proper nutrition and food preparation, empowered parents and families were made aware of different cooking and preparation methods that will yield more nutritious meals for their children at affordable costs. In other words, the seminars broke the notion and common belief of the parents that meals need to be expensive just so they can be nutritious and healthy for children. With this knowledge at hand, family budgeting improved since empowered parents are implementing seminar teachings in their daily lives.
  • Through the health seminars for the feeding program, a volunteer group of mothers was organized and empowered. These volunteer mothers not only function in the school but in the local community health center as nutrition volunteers. The increased number of capable and knowledgeable volunteers thereby improved the services provided by the health center to the community members.
  • Through the seminars and workshops on Children’s Rights, the Rissing Elementary School was able to properly implement a Child’s Rights Awareness class that is taught at all grade levels in the school. The school was also able to reach out to the children’s parents through providing child’s rights awareness meetings during their monthly meetings with the parents.
  • The mechanics, scheduling and modules used for HBI Enrichment Classes and HBI Computer Class cum Values Formation in the Rissing Elementary School continue to be used by the school’s teachers in their on-going tutorial sessions and computer classes with their students.
  • Through the seminars on first aid, both parents and teachers have become aware of how to treat wounds, gashes and bruises sustained by children during their time in school and when they are home.
  • Leadership trainings, business management seminars, and team building seminars solidified and empowered the organized HBI Area Leaders and these positively affected their implementation and monitoring of livelihood projects in the sense that all records are properly kept and monitoring visits are properly scheduled and conducted as planned and scheduled.
  • Seminars on Zero Waste Management positively affected the school’s outlook in recycling and they now value it more compared to before because they now know that recycling and garbage segregation is easy and could yield additional income for the school while at the same time keeping the school clean and helping the environment.
  • The enhancement of the Rissing beneficiaries’ knowledge on organic vegetable gardening made the parents and school personnels realize that organic gardening is easy to implement; produces healthier crops and is cheaper to maintain/implement compared to vegetable gardening with fertilizers. Not only are there healthier vegetables at hand for the school and family-beneficiaries, a more environmentally-friendly way of gardening which does not contribute to soil pollution was introduced and continues to be practiced in the community.
  • The seminar on haircutting, manicure and pedicure provided mothers and out-of-school youths with additional life skills that they can use to earn additional income for their families.
  • Through the Rice Bank Project implemented in the Rissing school and community, both beneficiaries and interested community members were made aware that there are other sources of rice grains apart from local rice retailers/loaners who imposes higher interest rates. The 113 family-beneficiaries of the Rice Bank Project have now stopped loaning from local rice retailers/loaners since a more affordable community rice bank project was implemented.
  • Through the Rice Bank Project, poor local farmers were provided with an additional means of selling their rice grains which not only yields income for them but also helps their community’s Rice Bank.
  • Because of the “group-based” mechanics of the Rice Bank Project (e.g. if all rice bank project loans are paid on time with the right interests, there would be more rice grains that could be loaned to other families), the 113 current rice bank beneficiaries/loanees are more pressured to pay their rice grain loans on time and with interest since they know that other families in-need can benefit from their timely payment and that these other families know that additional loanees would only be possible if interests are paid on time.
  • Through the Rice Bank Project, the Rissing Elementary School and Community were made aware that technical support for rice grain storage and planting is on-hand at the Municipal Agriculture Office
  • Through the Livestock Raising Project, beneficiaries were made aware that technical and veterinary services can be availed in their local veterinarian’s office and that livelihood income can be used to get medicines for ailing livestock supplies.
  • Because of the “group-based” mechanics of the Livestock Raising Project (e.g. more families can join the project once a goat or hog bear kids/piglets), the 49 current livestock raising beneficiaries/loanees are more responsible in taking care of their livestock since all possible beneficiaries (waitlisted beneficiaries) are aware of the project’s mechanics.

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