IT Tender empowers children in Metro Manila, Philippines to become educated and responsible leaders in their community. This is accomplished through educational programs and community-based initiatives which create lasting transformations in the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of each child. The result is sustainable health and wholeness in the community.
IT Tender provides education for “street children” and their families. IT Tender runs five projects: Smart Kids (early years education), Simula Learning Centre (pre-school), Sponsor-a-Child (scholarships for elementary and high school), Alternative Learning Systems (out of school youth), and Nightlife (drop-in for street involved children and youth with emphasis on literacy). Runaways and children addicted to solvents also find welcome and community here, along with wise counsel and mentoring. The goal is that children and families become Christ-centered, responsible, and self-sustaining.
When a large fire in Napacor and news of the impending demolition in Sucat occurred, IT Tender learned that the families in our communities are incredibly resilient and resourceful. We have been able to help them move forward by providing emergency relief kits and also long-term support through livelihood projects and housing. Cecille, an IT Tender preschool teacher, said “I learned how the communities are united in times of calamity, helping each other and working together to overcome the problems they are encountering.” This is a testament to the work that God has been doing to strengthen relationships in these communities.
Detailed Implementation Plan
Here are some highlights from our projects over the last six months:
- 40 sponsor children received school supplies in June and moved on to the next grade in their schooling through our Sponsor-A-Child program
- Night Life Youth is currently doing weekly English tutorials for 10 youth
- Many children are taking advantage of our Educational Media Center thanks to the used laptops that have been donated to IT Tender (this includes free use of internet and printing for school assignments)
- IT Tender staff led a discipleship training course for youth volunteers at IT Tender from May 23-27
- The following annual events had a positive impact on the community: family retreat on February 24-26, summer reading camp in April and May, youth discipleship camp on April 11-13 (in partnership with Jesus King of Kings Community Church), music workshop in April and May
- Progress has been made in pursuing the necessary licenses for our drop-in center and our organization to boost our reputation locally and also in preparation for us to eventually open a formal school; our SEC license (Securities and Exchange Commission) has been approved and we have also applied for our BIR license (Bureau of Internal Revenue) note: while we operate under the SEC and BIR licenses of International Philippines, it is required that IT Tender also has its own SEC and BIR licenses to establish a formal school
- Our staff continue to pursue college degrees in the field of education: Gabby is now in his third year, Cecille is in second year, and Jizza is in the first year of her master’s degree
- The IT Tender staff visited Under Thy Wings Christian Academy – a good model for our future school – as part of our research in school management and curriculum building
- Jam will also take up a Bachelors in Education under our “Send A Teacher To School” initiative; she can complete her degree in 2 years since she already has a 2-year degree in computer software programming
- New IT Tender youth volunteers are serious about their faith and are asking to be baptised; we are planning a baptism event in partnership with our church – Jesus King of Kings Community Church
- Teachers Gabby and Cecille will train youth who want to be volunteer teachers
Stories of Transformation
After the fire in Napacor, Rita and her husband found a simple home to rent near the elementary school of their two sons. However, they were nervous about how they could afford their daily expenses and rent with their small income. Her husband is in construction, and she has always stayed home to cook, clean, and handwash their laundry. Rita thus made a plan to build a simple convenience store out of the front of their new home. IT Tender supported them with purchasing materials for the store, a freezer for cold drinks, and other initial products to sell. Rita is now successfully managing the store and supporting the family through this business.
City Bible Church, down the street from IT Tender, is now reaching out to those families who have scattered from Napacor after the fire. There is also a new NGO called ACAP Philippines providing educational assistance in Sucat to children who are not already part of our sponsorship program.
A group living in Manila recently reached out to IT Tender and put together baby kits for 14 pregnant women and new mothers.
IT Tender also recently connected with a woman named Jane who makes beautiful dresses out of pillowcases for children in poverty across the world. She and her family brought over 100 pillowcase dresses, shorts, underwear, and handbags for the families in our communities.
We have begun our fundraising campaign to build the IT Tender school and have received a very generous donation from a partner church in Canada! In November and December, John and Jam will visit Canada to connect with churches and groups to share the vision of the IT Tender School.
|Total Income January-June 2017||$86,312|
|Total Expenses January-June 2017||$87,593|
|Overall 2017 Budget||$179,506|