Dizza, James and JR

Dizza, James and JR Venancio are orphans from Sibuyan Island, Romblon. The kids were left by their mother when JR was just one year old. Their father passed away in February 2015, leaving the three kids to fend for themselves.

Dizza is 13 years old and acts as the mother and father to her siblings. Due to poverty, her father did not send her to school when she was younger. Dizza was only able to go to school when she decided to work in the forest and earn enough money to send herself to school.

Dizza and her siblings used to work in the forest twice a week getting tree sap or "balau" in the local dialect. Dizza was paid 20 pesos for every day of service. When they don't have enough money for food, Dizza and her siblings go to the ocean to dive for shells. They sell these to the market for a small price.

Dizza is now in Grade 4. Despite their hardships in life, she remains at the top percentile of her class. JR is in Grade 3 while James is Grade 2 in Espana Elementary School Sibuyan. Currently, the kids are being taken care of by a distant relative. Their teachers are also doing their share in looking after the kids' welfare. But they can only do so much.

With your help and compassion, we can support the kids' school expenses so they don't have to work in the forest.

Dizza, James and JR Venancio were recently featured in the Iwitness documentary "Batang Balau" aired last June 2015 on GMA7

Salamat sa inyong malasakit!

 

Watch the FULL EPISODE: 'Batang Balau,' dokumentaryo ni Kara David | I-Witness




A copy of Kara's message of Thanks for the donors of the orphans:

Magandang araw!
Nais po naming ipaabot ang aming taus pusong pasasalamat sa inyong malasakit sa magkakapatid na Dizza, James at JR Venancio. Sila po ang mga batang na-feature namin noong Hulyo sa dokumentaryong "Batang Balau" sa Iwitness GMA7. Simula po nang lumabas ang naturang dokumentaryo ay binaha na kami ng mga tawag at mensahe para tulungan ang mga bata. Inipon po namin ang inyong mga donasyon at makalipas po ang isang buwan, umabot na sa P140,000 ang total donation para sa mga bata. Ang mga bata ay ulilang lubos. Meron silang tiyahin na nakatira malapit sa kanila pero unfortunately hindi siya lubusang pinagkakatiwalaan ni Dizza pagdating sa pera. Ayaw rin ng mga bata na mailagay sila sa pangangalaga ng DSWD. Pero nakakakuha naman sila ng buwanang financial assistance mula sa DSWD Pantawid Pamilya Program.

Kinonsulta namin ang mga teachers nina Dizza kung paano pinaka epektibong matutulungan ang mga bata. Kinausap din namin ang brgy at ilang kapitbahay. At syempre kinausap din namin ang mga bata. Ang mga teacher ang pinagkakatiwalaan ng mga bata. Kaso lang tumanggi sila na humawak ng pera. Umiiwas sila sa intriga na madalas kaakibat kapag sila ang napagbibigyan ng pera. Pero pumayag silang tumulong sa pagmomonitor ng progress ng mga bata at pag make sure na maganda ang kalagayan nila.

Napag desisyunan ng lahat na magbukas isang savings account sa bangko para sa mga bata. Ilalagak sa naturang savings account ang 120,000 pesos. Pinirmahan na ni Dizza ang mga papeles ng bangko and hopefully lumabas na ang kanyang passbook by next week. 100,000 pesos lang po muna ang ilalagay doon. Time deposit po ito. Ang perang ito po ay iipunin para magamit ng mga bata in the future

Ang matitirang 40,000 pesos naman ay gagamitin para sa pang araw-araw na gastusin ng mga bata. Kada buwan, magpapadala kami ng 2,000 pesos sa tindahan ni Aling Fely Royo -- ito po ang sari-sari store na pinakamalapit sa bahay nina Dizza. Nagbebenta sila ng tinapay, canned goods, gulay, bigas at isda pati school supplies. Sa tindahang ito kukuha araw-araw ng pagkain ang mga bata. Tutulong din ang mga guro sa pagbili ng iba pang mga putahe at sangkap para sa mga bata. Lahat din ng expenses ng mga bata sa eskwelahan ay isho-shoulder ng Project Malasakit.

Umaasa kami na patuloy nyong isama sa inyong mga panalangin ang mga bata. At sana magtagumpay ang stratehiyang ito ng pagtulong sa kanila.



The kids in photo

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Despite their hardships in life, Dizza remains at the top percentile of her class.
Dizza and her siblings work in the forest twice a week getting tree sap or 'balau' in the local dialect. 
 Dizza is paid 20 pesos for every day of service. The orphans enjoy a box of donuts from their donor.
Dizza is 13 years old and acts as the mother and father to her siblings. 
 Due to poverty, her father did not send her to school when she was younger. 
 Dizza was only able to go to school when she decided to work in the forest and earn enough money to send herself to school. JR is in Grade 3. James is Grade 2


Dizza's dance number for her school program.

She can now enjoy being a part of extracurricular activities because she no longer needs to work. Salamat sa malasakit!



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How can you help?

 

With just 1,000 pesos ($20) per month, you can help send a poor Filipino child to school, change their lives and give them a decent future  

 

Elementary and High School

P1,000 per month to cover transportation, food, and school projects

 

P1,500 per year for tuition, uniform, student “ID”, PTA, etc.  

 

College

Tuition varies widely P500-1,000 monthly allowance for food, transportation, etc.  

 

Project Malasakit is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered foundation with Reg No. CN 201013987 and TIN: 007-861-739.