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from Tambo to University - news 1

In the Philippines: from “Tambo to University” is an incredible social development programme that helps young people apply for scholarships for their primary, secondary or university-level studies. Here's a report on the latest news from the programme....

'From Tambo to University' is an educational program whose aim is to create a 'community' in a very impoverished neighbourhood on the outskirts of Cagayan de Oro.

It is designed to help local families in a variety of ways:

- Local families apply for scholarships for their children and, in return, agree to participate in a number of different educational modules offered by the programme.

- The coordinating group (one person representing each zone) visits the families most in need and picks up their scholarship applications along with any documents to support their request.

- After examining the family's situation, one of the members of the coordinating group will approve their application. A contract is then drawn up between both parties (the family and the Centre), setting out all relevant obligations: the Centre and the programme agree to fund the child's education, monitor their progress and facilitate their access to financial aid while the family commits to carrying out their end of the bargain by participating in the educational modules designed to develop the skills needed to find work.

- The scholarship recipients agree to attend additional tutoring classes and all planned activities.

- University students then monitor the educational progress made by the younger siblings of the family whose child received a scholarship.

- An adult is ultimately responsible for communicating with the teaching centres to follow up more closely on their efforts.

The current number of children and young adults receiving assistance is:

- 7 in primary school
- 15 in secondary school
- 16 at the university level.

The centre currently offers the following professional training courses:

- Hairstyling and cosmetology with an optional specialisation in 'magic cosmetics’. Eleven women currently attend the training courses. They intend to find work in a hair salon or offer home visits for manicures or pedicures, allowing them to make contacts among the local population.
- Craftsmanship. Twelve women are learning how to use sewing machines to produce household products commonly used in the Philippines.
- Advanced courses for adults allow them to obtain a primary school or secondary school diploma. Twelve individuals participate in this programme, including several young people who are too old to attend regular schools.
- Production workshop: after Tropical Storm Washi wreaked havoc on the area, the diocese decided to donate sewing and finishing machines. We set up a sewing workshop to teach women tailoring and sewing skills. 


Some of the women who participate in these workshops (and who no longer have school-age children) have begun to produce simple items like pillows, curtains, sandals and handbags. In June, they sew uniforms for children in nurseries and other schools. They have also agreed to produce t-shirts and dresses using material we've purchased for them through the programme. Each person receives a certain income corresponding to the number of items they've produced. The sales price includes the material, labour and estimated cost of keeping the workshop up and running.


The major challenge is to find a guaranteed market for their products. So far, sales have been irregular. That is why we're looking for commissioned projects!

We can't help but admire everything the residents of this neighbourhood have done to meet our expectations and develop their full potential.




I live in a very poor neighbourhood and I really want to go to school....

Can you support this program?