Sunday, March 15, 2009

Port Barton Distribution

Port Barton is located on the island of Palawan, on the western border of the Philippines. Palawan is very close to Malaysian Borneo and is known for its wildlife, beautiful natural features and UNESCO world heritage site. The population of the entire island (280 miles long) is about 900,000 people. Port Barton, on the other hand, has just a few thousand people, and nearly 500 children from the town and surrounding areas attending schools. School supplies generally make their way from Manila to Puerto Princessa, the largest city on the island and the location of the airport. Most people make their living from the sea.

Help One Future brought two large boxes of children's books donated by Discovery College, a semi-private elementary school in Hong Kong. In Puerto Princessa we purchased notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, water paints, chalkboards, rulers, clay, and other school supplies for distribution. All of these items had been highlighted by the principal of the school as supplies that were in very short supply in Port Barton. Once these supplies were obtained, we had to transport them over the central mountain range in a four-wheel drive van that could navigate the local roads for the three hour trip.

We would like to thank all of generous donors who made it possible for the kids in Port Barton to enjoy much-needed school supplies that will allow them to maximize their educational experiences at school. We would also like to thank our volunteer families who spent a lot of their own money and time to facilitate everything. Below are some selected photographs of the students and their new supplies.