West Fairview Elementary School
A project by Kym Bisnar & Samantha Dueñas
Bigay Puso sa Pasko (English translation: Give Your Heart on Christmas) is an annual Christmas party for indigent kids in the Philippines. It was founded in 2011 at Lupang Pangako Elementary School in Payatas by a teacher named Shirley E. Alambra. Built on a landfill, Payatas remains as the largest open dumpsite in the Philippines and is one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the Metro Manila area. The project began after Shirley saw that her students didn't have anything at their previous Christmas parties, some eating sardines as their only holiday meal. With the help of sponsors, she was able to start providing 100 kids with groceries, toys, and a meal from Jollibee each year at her annual Christmas party.
Thanks to the increasing support of donors over the years, Bigay Puso sa Pasko has grown to sponsor double the number of kids as when it originally started. Now in its 7th year, this year’s project will be expanding to also include more students at an additional school: West Fairview Elementary School in Quezon City. Both Lupang Pangako and West Fairview are considered depressed, disadvantaged, and underserved (DDU) schools and absenteeism and malnutrition are severe problems because many families in the area lack basic resources.
We will be sponsoring grocery packs for 100 kids at the second phase of this year’s Bigay Puso sa Pasko event at West Fairview Elementary School on Friday, December 8, 2017. Our goal for this is to fundraise $350 (approximately $3-4 will provide one grocery pack for one student and their family) and anything in excess of this goal will be donated towards gifts and meals for the kids at the party. Thank you in advance for your support and happy holidays!
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