Wednesday, April 29, 2009

GFI Mindnao Outreach Report: Kipalkuda Elementary School receives library fund from provincial government of Sarangani

Mindanao Outreach Report by Arjho C. Turner

The provincial government of Sarangani turned over a check amounting to PhP 180,000.00 on April 28, 2009 for the construction of Kipalkuda Elementary School library. Present during the turn-over were Board Member Limuel Gacula Sr. representing Gov. Migs Dominguez, Mayor Elsie Perrett, Vice Mayor Tito Balazon Sr., Barangay Captain Digs Movilla and a teacher from the school.

According to Dan Evans, the provincial government officials were amazed of the available books, school supplies and other educational resource materials at the school during their visit in March 6, 2009. The books are mainly from generous donors based in Atlanta, Georgia through Galing Foundation, Inc. shipped to the school thru the partnership with the Datu Wali Mission ( With the increased number of books and other educational resource materials, the school does not have their own space for a library. This pro-active response from the provincial and local government for the need to have a school library in the school is indeed a very good indicator of support to eradicate illiteracy. This school library is the first one for this predominantly Tboli tribal community.

Educational development thru increased reading and English literacy starting from early childhood is also the top priority of the leadership of the provincial government of Sarangani ( GFI’s intervention for the Kipalkuda Elementary School since 2007 has played vital role in supporting the local and provincial governments achieve a quality education in this predominantly Tboli tribal community.

GFI is grateful to the following supporters/partners for this school library initiative:

1.Datu Wali Mission c/o Dan and Aurea Evans

2.Mrs. Aura D. Mirayo – Kipalkuda Elementary School Principal

3.Provincial Government of Sarangani thru Governor Migs Dominguez and Vice Governor Steve C. Solon

4.Maitum Municipal Government thru Mayor Elsie R. Perrett

5.Atlanta, Georgia GFI donors for books, school supplies and other educational resource materials

6.Sarangani Provincial Information Office for the photos and news updates

7.Barangay New La Union local officials and the community

8.The Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Atlanta & the Community

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