PEACE GIFTS PROJECT: Inspiring children through back to school dream kits
Educate a child and you’ll transform a generation. Education plays an integral role in a child’s life.
More than just making every Filipino child and youth a peace builder, the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement (TPBPM) Inc. also encourages the young generation to value their education and continue striving for their dreams. Through programs that bring hope and inspiration, TPBPM provides children from conflict areas a safe space to continue dreaming. One of these programs is the “Peace Gifts Project” where school supplies are distributed to various Kapatiran schools. Kapatiran Schools are the model schools of Peace Heroes. It is also a fun-filled day for both the volunteers and school-community, featuring interactive activities with music, movement, and a lot of peace-based values games!
Last March 201, TPBPM launched the Peace Gifts Project. With the support from different individuals, groups, and members of the Kapatiran Support Circle we were able to collect more than 4,000 hope kits – surpassing the initial target of 3,000.
More than just dream kits
“We have been a recipient of the Peace Gifts Project for four years now, and almost all of my children of studied in Hadji Salik ES has been receiving supplies every year. It’s a big help for us because the money we use to buy school supplies, we were able to buy food for our table. We are always excited whenever TPBPM is here because aside from the school supplies, you also bring joy to the lives of our kids. Shukran (Thank you) to everyone who is supporting this mission” according to a parent from HSKES. TPBPM knows the realities on the ground which makes the Peace Gifts Project even more real and relevant. As we build a sense of family-kind relationship with our Kapatiran Schools, it is with a fervent hope that by supporting their education through giving them school supplies, they will continue to go to school and be more inspired to turn their dreams into reality.
Soteya Trasadas is a graduate of International Studies Major in International Politics Minor in Peace Studies from Miriam College. She is currently a member of Teach Peace Build Peace Movement’s (TPBPM) Management Team as a Program Associate and one of the organization’s Lead Trainers. She is also a part of TPBPM’s Core Team particularly in the field of Secretariat, Communications and Assessment, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting.