World Vision, Nagdilaab Foundation ink agreement to boost Basilan children’s education

World Vision and Basilan-based non-government organization Nagdilaab Foundation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will help families and the local government units in Basilan province provide better education and protection to children.

“World Vision is fortunate to sign an agreement with an experienced and another child-focused organization, Nagdilaab Foundation, in ensuring the wellbeing of children in Basilan. We are also excited to work with everyone here in the province, from the academe, families to government agencies, in giving children the conducive environment to learn and fulfill their dreams someday,” Rommel Fuerte, World Vision National Director, says.

“Nagdilaab Foundation is happy to have partnered with World Vision to assist children in Basilan to have better education access and ensure that their wellbeing is advocated. Nagdilaab believes that every Filipino child should be given equal opportunities in society to make their dreams come true and their lives better. We believe that no child must be left behind. We hope this partnership will,” Miriam Suacito, Nagdilaab Foundation Executive Director, says.

Fuerte and Suacito signed the MOU witnessed by World Vision, Amores Interfaith, and Jabu-Jabu, the Calling staff.

Under World Vision’s project Reaching Children in BaSulTa Island Provinces for Child Well-Being, the agreement will guarantee that children and youth have improved access to education, and their families and communities learn how to be prepared for disasters or emergencies. BaSulTa stands for Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi, all located in the southernmost part of the Philippines.

According to Mark Sefuentes, the project coordinator, many children in Basilan need assistance. “I’ve noticed some children would go to school by boat on their own, which is quite risky. Also, some of the children are without slippers.”

Aside from the MOU signing activity, World Vision and Nagdilaab Foundation also provided around 100 children with new school bags that contained supplies such as crayons, a drawing book, hygiene items, a raincoat, a flashlight, and solar-powered radio. In addition, three initial learning centers received printers, inks, and bond papers.

“The children and families were so happy to receive these items, especially the solar-powered radios. One of the communities still has no electricity. The radios will be useful to them as they listen to news and announcements,” Sefuentes adds.