Efren Peñaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year 2009, has built Ecodemya eco-friendly classrooms to teach environmental awareness to out-of- school youth while they get an education.
Peñaflorida’s Dynamic Teen Company (DTC) known worldwide for their “Kariton Klasrum” pushcart school project collaborated with QBE Foundation, Australia’s largest global insurer, to open Ecodemya – a two-storey building powered by renewable energy sources and located in Cavite, Peñaflorida’s home province.
“It has been my ambition to help as many children as I can and to change their lives for the better. Ecodemya is a step further for me and DTC in fulfilling this purpose,” the CNN hero said.
The building’s classrooms and laboratories will house Senior high school or Grade 11 students under the free schooling program of DTC.
EcoDemya aims to provide free education to out of schoolyouth who are economically disadvantaged but wish to continue their studies.