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Nueva Vizcaya women’s organization provides school supplies to grade school pupils
By Merlinda P. Calubaquib and Ronald Allan Barnacha

From the grant funds it received, the Carolotan Women Sector Society for Development, Inc. (CWSSDI), based in Barangay Carolotan, Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya, provided basic school supplies such as notebooks, pad papers, ballpens, pencils and erasers to 71 pupils selected from the Kalanguya and Isinay families in the community. The event, witnessed by the Punong Barangay, the teachers of Carolotan Elementary School, and the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), was held last June 1, prior to the opening of classes for the school year 2014-2015.

How was CWSSDI able to do this? CWSSDI, through facilitation by PRRM, received last year a total grant fund of Php225,000 from the Indigenous People’s Solidarity Micro-Lending (IP-SMILE) project. The IP-SMILE was a project in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) Division through the Philippines Response to Indigenous Peoples and Muslim Education (PRIME) funded by AusAID. The grant fund was utilized for micro-lending operations that financed the members’ livelihood activities to augment their limited income. The organization aimed to contribute to improving the school participation and enrolment rates of children in the locality by implementing small projects that can motivate the pupils to regularly attend school classes and activities.

With the future income expected to be even greater, the organization plans to implement another project which is the procurement and distribution of protective gear such as rain coats, rain boats and school t-shirts for both pupils and teachers. This project is expected to be realized this August.

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The recipient pupil signing the acknowledgement receipt, assisted by the elementary grade teacher

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The Punong Barangay, Hon. William Cayat and PRRM Chapter Chair,
Mr. Ronald Allan Barnacha observing the systematic distribution of school supplies to beneficiary pupils

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