New DREAM Hubs for Marikina and Rizal

With our goal to reach out to more Filipino children, KIDS Club Philippines and Silid Aralan (SAI) welcome new learners to our hubs in Marikina and Rizal last 4 November 2017. The two hubs are our new addition under our DREAM Hub Project. Each hub shall cater to about 100 low-performing students from Grades 1 and 2.  Through the hub and SAI Programme, we hope that  the learners will develop their passion for learning; have the motivation to pursue their life goals; and be an inspiration to others.

Despite the rainy weather last Saturday, the SAI KIDS Team visited San Isidro Labrador Elementary School in Rodriguez, Rizal and Nangka Elemetary School in Marikina City to set-up and officially open the DREAM Hubs. But all the challenges paid off when they saw the excitement of the learners.

Barangay San Isidro in Rodriguez, Rizal is known because of Avilon Zoo and Noah’s Park. Two recreational facilities which are popular for school trips and group tours. But outside these facilities is a community that is struggling with a lot of urban challenges – poverty, unemployment, high risk from natural disasters, to name a few. And  like other urban cities, Marikina is not an exemption to  the increasing population concern due to its proximity to bigger cities like Quezon City, Makati, and Manila. Along the Marikina River especially in Barangay Nangka, the number of slum dwellers increases every year. And with jobs getting more difficult to secure, most of these families have difficulties providing for their basic needs. These circumstances greatly influence the ability of the family, the community, and the local government to provide a safe and balanced learning environment for the children.

 

SAI KIDS DREAM Hub – San Isidro Labrador, Rodriguez, Rizal

 

To help provide a safe place for children to learn and enjoy life as kids, KIDS Club and SAI partnered with the local authorities and school board for us to be able to open a DREAM Hub at San Isidro Labrador Elementary School.

 

DREAM Hub Marikina
The SAI KIDS team with San Isidro Labrador Elementary School Principal, Mr. Ruel Vergel de Dios during the DREAM Hub Opening

 

We were honored to have Mr. Ruel Vergel de Dios, the school principal, during the Opening Ceremony and Ribbon-Cutting.  Similar to the other hubs, there are three areas where the learners can enjoy reading books; play with different toys; and create some arts and crafts.

 

A comfortable space for reading at SAI KIDS DREAM Hub – San Isidro Labrador Elementary School

 

After that, the team helped the learners do their activities for their regular learning session. They also had some fun time exploring the toys and books.

 

Learners drawing their favorite food on the plate

 

Learners presenting their activity ouputs

 

SAI KIDS DREAM Hub – Nangka Elementary School, Marikina City

 

After the San Isidro Launch, the team headed to Marikina City for the opening of the DREAM Hub at Nangka Elementary School. The team was welcomed by the School Principal Maribeth Rosario who also lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

 

Nangka Elementary School Principal, Ms. Maribeth Rosario with the SAI KIDS Team during the official launch of SAI KIDS DREAM Hub – Nangka Elementary School

 

A safe place to play and enjoy at SAI KIDS DREAM Hub – Nangka Elementary School

 

After that, they had some fun time with the learners during their learning activities and play time. They also shared some snacks before the learners went home.

 

Group activity with the learners on how to stay health and clean

 

Excited learners exploring the Creativity Area

 

Treats for Happy Kids

 

KIDS Club and SAI are thankful to our partners, sponsors, families, and friends who never get tired of helping us create safe  and balanced learning space for the Filipino children. We hope that you continue supporting us as we try to reach out to more learners in the coming years! To know more about the DREAM Hub Project and how to be involved, please click here.

 

 

 

 

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