Non-profit organization Pinoys in Pursuit of Learning (PIPOL) based in Silicon Valley, California is raising funds to support the distance learning needs of public school students in the Philippines.
PIPOL was founded in 2019 by Filipino immigrants and working professionals in biotech, hi-tech, software development, manufacturing, and research industries. The charity group hopes to inspire Philippine youth, especially those in public high schools, to take up technology career paths through outreach activities and seminars.
The non-profit learned of the current challenges and difficulties faced by teachers and disadvantaged students without the resources for the new normal schooling adopted by the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) to keep children safe amid the pandemic. To help them, PIPOL has organized a few fundraising projects:
PIPOL Pinoy Trivia Night
October 2, 2020, 7 PM Pacific time
The event is a fun and exciting game of trivia questions about the Philippines: history, culture, and other fun facts, to be held on October 2, 2020, 7 PM Pacific time. For a minimum donation of $20, one gets to have fun and a chance to win gift card prizes while helping PIPOL’s beneficiaries. Proceeds of the event will go towards the printing and delivery costs of learning modules for students without gadgets and/or internet and subsidizing of students’ internet fees for those who already have laptops and pocket WiFi devices. Registration for the event ended on September 27, 2020.
The shirts and hoodies are designed by PIPOL core officer, Klaire Young. PIPOL merchandise will be put up for sale in the Bonfire Fundraising project slated to begin in late September/October.
Distance Learning Support
You can donate your used laptops and tablets to PIPOL’s struggling distance learners. Donations for pocket WiFi internet subscriptions are also encouraged to support teachers, students, and schools in the Philippines under the new normal of schooling.
The advocacy group has been able to reach seven hundred students of Buting Senior High School in Pasig last year with their “PIPOL Speaker Series” which lined up speakers to talk about various topics in career and technology.
After the pandemic’s quarantine measures began, PIPOL decided to take their Speaker Series online to continue motivating Filipino youth towards becoming future leaders in technology-driven fields.
The organization successfully held its first online talk on September 18, 2020, which also discussed mental health to help students prepare for the coming school year.
You can get in touch with PIPOL’s website or official Facebook page to donate and learn more about their advocacy.
Local initiatives have also gone the extra mile to ensure no Filipino learner is left behind in the new normal of schooling.
Palawan non-profit Ink2Link is donating printing materials for the learning modules of disadvantaged students in the province. Non-profit organizations Peace Kamp, Bangketa Eskwela Foundation, and other charity groups have banded together to provide the online learning needs of the Aeta indigenous people in Porac, Pampanga.
Kind-hearted Filipinos like nurse Aldrin Licayan raised funds for tablet computers to be donated to Pinoy kids back home. Computer programmer Mark Anthony Perez is offering his laptop repair services for free to students in Tarlac.
SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Pinoys in Pursuit of Learning for raising funds to benefit public schools in the Philippines.
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