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San Augustin School

The San Augustin School was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines), leaving its 256 kids without a safe, enriching place to learn. 

In April 2014 IDV began working to breath new life into the school and the kids’ education.

We painted and refurbished six classrooms and also built a kitchen, handwashing stations and concrete walkways to keep kids clean and out of the mud.

We made school fun through beautiful murals, and by building an amazing playground.  IDV also ran a summer camp and provided hundreds of hot lunches to keep the kids fed and entertained during their holidays. We also provided school, art and sports supplies to replace those lost in the typhoon.

In late 2014 we completed the construction of a beautiful, brand new 9m x 7m classroom in memory of the late Helen Thompson. This classroom is now being used by the school’s kindergarten class who had been learning in a dirty, hot, uncomfortable tent since the typhoon.

Helen’s classroom also hosts a computer lab for the whole community’s use and is a fitting tribute to an amazing women who loved her job as a teacher.

Our work at the school was completed by us replacing the doors and windows on the six classrooms we had previously refurbished.

See pictures of this project.

We want to thank all the volunteers and donors who made this project possible. A special thanks go to Help Helen Help the Philippines and GlobalGiving.