EMBRACE has been giving school materials to impoverished students in the Philippines to help them in their schooling. It is their aim to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals particularly #4 Access to Education. Thus, on November 8, 2018, they provided school bags to the students of Delfin M. Geraldez Elementary School which they could use for this school year and the coming school years. Various stakeholders were present during the distribution.
Furthermore, OPLAN BES was conducted wherein SPO2 Nora G. Bimmao of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) 5 discussed to the children the negative effects of smoking and drugs. She also discussed the VAWC (Violence Against Women and Children) law for them to know their rights when faced with abuse. She demostrated simple scenarios of sexual and physical abuses for the children to know if they are already being abused by someone. SPO2 Bimmao emphasized that they should not be afraid to report any abuse to the authorities.
After the discussion, the children excitedly received their school bags as can be seen in their wide smiles. Some children transferred the contents of their old bags to the newly given EMBRACE bags, showing how pleased they were with the bags. Afterwards, the deed of donation and acceptance was signed by the school principal and witnessed by the police and the local officials.
The activity was indeed another manifestation that partnerships with various stakeholders could bring better results in achieving the objective of providing better access to education for all.