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

 c.       Health, Nutrition and Medical Care

  • For every year of the Adopt-a-School Project in the Rissing Elementary School, a 6-month supplemental feeding program with de-worming and provision of vitamins was implemented. In total 273 children benefitted from the feeding program. All students were also provided with health kits (772 total health kit sets given) and multi-vitamins. Three school-based medical and dental check-ups were implemented and 25 mothers were provided with contraceptive pills.
    • The malnourishment rate is down to 10% as of July 2012 compared to the 58% malnourishment rate recorded in July 2008. It is important to note that the 10% or 22 malnourished children are all new students who have not participated in the supplemental feeding program implemented by HBI and the Ylenia Foundation.
    • The supplemental feeding program has a 100% success rate in Rissing Elementary School in the sense that all feeding program beneficiaries have gained their proper weight proportional to their heights and ages after benefitting from the supplemental meals provided.
    • Among mothers provided with contraceptive pills, none got pregnant during the 10-month duration of supply provision. The reason for this is because the mothers both have the needed contraceptive supplies that can help them practice their chosen family planning method.
    • According to records during medical and dental check-ups, only 20% of the program beneficiaries needed additional medical attention after the implementation of the check-ups and provision of needed medicines. All those in need of additional medical support were provided with recommendations by HBI so as they can avail of more affordable medical services from hospitals and clinics.
    • None of the Rissing Elementary School children are suffering from intestinal worms in 2011-2012 giving the Deworming Program of the Supplemental Feeding Program a 100% success rate.

d.      Capacity Building and Livelihood

  • Tutorials for underperforming Rissing Elementary School students
    Tutorials for underperforming Rissing Elementary School students were also part of the concluded Adopt-a-School Project

    For the duration of the Adopt-a-School Project, there have been a total of 14 capacity building programs implemented for parents, teachers and schooling children. 11 of the 14 capacity building programs are geared towards either preparing the school and teachers in implementing, monitoring and sustaining the various Adopt-a-School programs that would be under their care once HBI, the Ylenia Foundation and CO-OPERAID.

    • Now that the Adopt-a-School Project has concluded, there are 40 teachers and area leaders (7 teachers and 33 area leaders) who are continuously implementing and monitoring the projects left to their care. This was more than the expected number of 30 teachers and area leaders who will be in charge of implementing and monitoring the projects.
    •  220 children are currently benefitting from a child’s rights awareness subject integrated in their school’s curriculum through various seminars and workshops about children’s rights implemented for their teachers and their parents.
    • There are no reported children’s rights cases in the Rissing Elementary School from 2008 to 2012.
    • Among the 30 participants of the haircutting, manicure and pedicure, all 30 participants are practicing what they learned in their daily lives – be it for personal reasons or for financial reasons.
  • Rice grain support for poor farmers in the Rissing, La Union community
    Rice grain support for poor farmers in the Rissing, La Union community

    On the other hand, the major livelihood activities implemented by the Adopt-a-School Project for the Rissing Elementary School parents are the Livestock Raising Project (189 goats and hogs for 49 families) and the Rice Bank Project (13,020 kilos of rice grains for 113 families). Other livelihood projects started are the Organic Home Gardening Project (30 families) and the provision of haircutting, manicure and pedicure tools to seminars participants (30 participants).

    • An increase of 159 livestock supply from the initial supply of 30 livestock supply, with the project now having a total of 189 livestock supply (34 goats and 155 hogs).
    • An increase of 19 families benefitting from the livestock supply project from the initial 30 family-beneficiaries.
    • Existence of a school-community fund totaling Php 31,063 as of July 2012 coming from the contributions of family-beneficiaries who sold some of their livestock supply and the direct selling of project officers of livestock supply who are not bearing any kids or hogs.
    • An increase of Php 1,000 income among the beneficiaries of the livestock raising project as they can easily sell livestock supplies when the family faces a financial need
    • 34 Rissing families who currently have working organic gardens that produces vegetables that can be consumed by all family-members
    • 100% repayment rate of Rice Bank loans as of August 2012. The first batch of rice grain loans was a total of 4,200 kilos for 60 initial family-beneficiaries. Each family loaned 70 kilos of rice grains and paid on time with 10% interest (or 7 kilos of rice grains).
    • 420 kilos of rice grain interests culled from the first cycle of rice grain loans of the Rice Bank Project represents the 7 kilos of rice grains paid by the 60 initial Rice Bank beneficiaries. The 420 kilos of rice grains amount to 8,400 pesos (one kilo of rice grains = Php 20).
    • A decrease of 113 Rissing families who depend on loan sharks for rice grain loans during lean farming months thereby weakening the unfair practices of loan sharks who ask for at least a 50% loan interest
    • 115 kilos of rice grains now provided to 113 Rissing Families after the provision of an additional 8,400 kilos of rice grains for their Rice Bank – 45 kilos more than the initial 70 kilos provided per family.
    • 14,319.5 kilos of expected rice grains to be stored in the Rissing Rice Bank by December 2012 – January 2013 if a 100% repayment rate is achieved again.

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