Badjao Outreach Ministries
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Literacy rates among the Badjao in the Philippines are below 10%. And, fewer than 20% of all Badjao children are enrolled in school.
Our learning center targets these marginalized children who otherwise would be found begging in the streets of Davao City.
As funding becomes available, children who attend our learning center are eligible to become a part of the Child Sponsorship Program to attend a local elementary school.
What’s needed is a concerted effort across all sectors to improve opportunities and create better life chances for the Badjao.
Our long-term commitment is to provide access to school for all Badjao children, so that each one may have a chance to realize their educational goals.
We incorporate livelihood programs into this process because families that thrive are less likely to send their children to beg in the streets and this in turn allows them to be free to pursue an education.
While our learning center provides children with the basic building blocks of reading, writing and math, this is only a stepping stone which prepares the them for further schooling. We eventually hope to enroll every Badjao children the Davao region in the public school system.
Most of the children do not have records of birth and an affidavit in lieu of birth certificate is required before enrolling in public school. We assist the children in acquiring the necessary paperwork and assign them a birth date based on interviews with the parents.
Once enrolled in public school the initial cost of uniforms and school supplies often runs about $30. This covers the cost of uniforms, shoes, books, paper and pencils. It then cost around $20 a month thereafter to keep a child in school. This amount provides a daily lunch, transportation, and additional items needed throughout the school year.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please go to our contact page and request more information.
education, poverty, charity, badjao, bajau,