Felicia Singson spearheads the Para! Sa Edukasyon initiative, supporting the training of the small children of jeepney motorists who ordinarily run routes on Katipunan

Felicia Singson

“I understand that as an incoming freshman, I am uncertain of university, what it would be like to consider an on-line program,” suggests Felicia Singson. An incoming freshman at Ateneo de Manila University, the 18-12 months-aged will be having up Improvement Scientific studies.

The transition concerning high faculty and university can be nerve-wracking and tense. This calendar year, learners also have to deal with on the web programs or asynchronous classes because of to the health and fitness crisis. But not all students have to deal with it similarly.

“I thought of millions of other pupils in the same problem as I was,” Felicia provides. “I recognize that most struggle with unstable Net, absence of tuition money, and lack of gizmos. I am grateful that these are not considerations in my home, but what about those people who are battling?”

Running in the relatives

In the commencing of July, Felicia’s cousin, Katrina Abenojar, arrived at out to her to support jeepney drivers who were out of a work all through this pandemic. A modern graduate of Ateneo, Katrina experienced interviewed several jeepney motorists for her thesis. She acquired to know them, to empathize, and to realize their day-to-working day struggles.

Together with Felicia, relatives and close friends pitched in to enable, which include Rafi, Dani, and Alex Abenojar, Patricia Singson, Anne Miguel, Sabrina Precilla, Javier Martinez, Meia Marasigan, Raven Umali, Wilbert Dela Cruz, and Choy Gutierrez.

By way of the Tip Sa Dyip initiative, they have lifted ₱450,000. The cash have absent to supply fundamental items and necessities to jeepney drivers and their people.

One driver, Kuya Reynaldo, requested help not for himself, but for his daughter. Not only was he unable to generate something during this pandemic, he suddenly located out that his daughter would want a gadget to assistance her college or university schooling that was now likely on the web.

The fundraising became so considerably a lot more personalized as Felicia decided to emphasis her efforts on the instructional requirements of the jeepney drivers’ family members. Para! Sa Edukasyon turned a spin-off of the unique initiative, collecting money and gathering next-hand gizmos to be offered to a lot less fortunate college little ones.

“Education is just as substantially of a primary requirement as other essential items,” provides Felicia. “With the start of lessons this coming August, it is essential that we do what we can to aid college students keep on their schooling. It is for their foreseeable future and for our upcoming.”

School’s out

With the faculty year quickly approaching, there are so numerous more folks that Felicia and the many others are hoping to assistance. Idea Sa Dyip and Para! Sa Edukasyon are in touch with 35 jeepney drivers who usually operate routes alongside Katipunan.

“The route of the Katipunan jeepney drivers is more affected than other routes for the reason that their passengers consist of college students from Ateneo, College of the Philippines (UP), Miriam, between other main schools,” provides Felicia. “Since on the web lessons will be the new typical for the foreseeable foreseeable future, a majority of their regular passengers will not be driving with them whenever soon.”

The dozens of students associated in the initiative and the other folks who have donated to the bring about have ridden with those people motorists and have thanked them for having them to university on time. They phone the drivers Kuya on a daily foundation. Extra than just a well mannered expression thrown close to, it is a sign of respect and an acknowledgment of the tireless function they do. Through the dual initiatives, they are ready to let the Kuyas know that even during this crisis they are even now remembered as an integral portion of the neighborhood, and that folks care.

Education and learning is the future

Sobrang thank you po talaga,” writes Kuya Reynaldo’s daughter to Felicia. With her 2nd-hand laptop computer, she is capable to proceed her reports to turn out to be a teacher. “Sana wag po kayong magsawang tumulong sa mga kagaya namin at kung sino po ang humihingi ng tulong (I hope you will be equipped to assistance those people like us and individuals who are asking for support).”

In a lot less than a month, Para! Sa Edukasyon has been given 4 next-hand laptops, and three second-hand mobile telephones as donations, with far more on the way. Past the devices, they have elevated around ₱50,000 that are heading towards the tuition service fees of some of the children.

With hope, Felicia and Para! Sa Edukasyon may possibly inspire other pupils to help their trigger. Whether or not it is by donating next-hand devices, supplying monetary assistance for tuition money, or obtaining other means to guidance instructional devices. The foreseeable future of every college student, no make any difference where by they are from or what indicates they have, feeds into our collective upcoming as a neighborhood and as a country.

“We just can’t provide schooling guidance and gizmos to just about every boy or girl who needs it, and there are lots of of individuals who absence the essential requirements for on the web mastering,” suggests Felicia.“We require to assistance techniques and infrastructure that aid and cater to the a variety of inequities of our present-day process so that all people may get the education and learning they should have. In Para! Sa Edukasyon, we are exhausting what we can do and give to assist whoever we can attain out to.”


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