Yakap-Eskwela: A Spring well of Hope for Yolanda Survivors
Five (5) months passed since super typhoon Yolanda wrought destruction in Central Visayas. SSC-Manila relief operations have now turned to rehabilitation and recovery efforts. Mindful of the urgent call to respond towards normalization of life of the poor in Tacloban after the November disaster, Sr. Mary Thomas, OSB, SSC-Manila President, initiated an adopt-a-school program aimed at assisting public school children and teachers get back to their classrooms and start their regular teaching-learning interactions.
Hence, on January 19-21, 2014, the 5th Oplanyolly@st.scho team led by S. Tammy accompanied by S. Regina David, OSB, Dean Becky Marquez and Prof. Aurora Lumibao distributed relief goods and at the same time conducted initial consultations with the school principal of Tanauan II Central Elementary School, Palo, Leyte and the parish priest of the community to assess their needs where assistance can be extended. Seeking for financial and moral support, Sr. Tammy invited the Benedictine community to generously provide support to this project Yakap-Eskwela which has become a project of the consortium of Benedictine Colleges in Metro Manila – SSC-Manila, San Beda College- Alabang, San Beda College-Mendiola and San Beda College-Tanay.
Having solicited sufficient benefactors and donors for the project, the 6th team composed of a huge contingent with of 24 administrators, faculty, staff, and alumnae headed by Sr. Tammy and S. Celine Saplala, OSB flew to Tacloban for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the Yakap-Eskwela project of the Benedictine consortium. Signatories of the MOA were Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB, SSC-Manila President, Sr. Celine Saplala, OSB, Yakap-Eskwela Project manager, Ms. Elena Latoza, Principal, Tanauan II Central, Fr. Ronel Taboso, Parish Priest of Tanauan, and Mr. Wilbert Namoc, representative, San Beda College, Alabang. The group distributed teaching kits for teachers and school materials for students. Likewise, Tanauan school was given tables, basketball balls, stuffed toys among others for its use which were solicited by SSC-Manila and San Beda College, Alabang.
Rising from the ashes to a vision of hope for the teachers and children of Tacloban who lost so much from the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda, we have high hopes that Yakap-Eskwela will expand and widen its reach to other schools in Central Visayas who are in dire need of immediate rehabilitation and recovery. Let us invite others to embrace this adopt-a-school program, that in all things God may be glorified.
“Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement” (MOA) between the Manila Benedictine Consortium Schools (San Beda College Manila, San Beda College Alabang and St. Scholastica’s College Manila) and the Tanauan II Central Elementary School
By: Sr. Rosalina Fajardo, OSB
High School Principal