Angat Buhay Press Release
25 October 2016
Children from remote areas in Mindanao do not need to walk for hours just to go to school.
During the Office of the Vice President’s Angat Buhay: Partnerships Against Poverty Summit last October 10, the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation (YBH) pledged to build two Yellow Dorms of Hope in Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte and Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Yellow Dorms of Hope are dormitories that aim to provide temporary shelter and bring students from remote villages closer to the school.
“Education is key. We believe that it is the greatest social equalizer. If we design communities with this in mind, I am positive that everyone will benefit, ” Vice President Leni Robredo said.
To date, the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation is at 95% completion of its Yellow Dorm of Hope project in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.
YBH’s mission “to help bridge the existing gap between poverty and education” runs parallel with the OVP’s main objective of poverty alleviation. Through five key advocacy areas that include education and collaborators like the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, there’s finally hope to reach the last, the least, and the lost.
“Our goal is to ensure that every child in the Philippines can experience quality education through the provision of solutions that allow them to access schools daily,” YBH co-founder Dr. Anton Mari Lim said.
More than 700 pledges like this were made during the Office of the Vice President’s Angat Buhay: Partnerships Against Poverty Summit last October 10.
The event was held after Vice President Leni Robredo’s first 100 days in office, most days of which she spent traveling to the farthest and poorest provinces to meet with the communities there and see how government and private partners could help solve their problems.
The Partnerships Against Poverty Summit was an event that brought all stakeholders to one venue, and the event itself was described as a “marketplace” where the supply and demand met in the middle. 51 Local Government Unit representatives, and more than a hundred 100 private partners were present during the event.
The Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation was one of the participating organizations who initiated partnerships with LGUs in need of assistance. Known formerly as the Philippine Funds for Little Kids, the organization initially focused on helping children in Layag-Layag, Zamboanga City who had to swim to get to school. Soon after, the Foundation moved on to helping more children across the country.
Back in 2013, then Congresswoman Leni Robredo worked with the Yellow Boat of Hope, Pilipinas Shell Foundation and Negros Volunteers for Change in providing boats for fishing communities which were hit by Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Samar.
“Ang pangarap natin ay mabigyan natin nang magandang kinabukasan ang ating mga anak. Kailangan natin silang buhusan nang atensyon,” Robredo emphasized.
Before becoming vice president, Robredo was a long-time alternative lawyer that worked with farmers, fisherfolk, laborers, IPs, PWDs and abused women.