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Eye Examinations and Treatment

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Vietnam

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Beneficiaries:  501 children living in seven orphanages

Background: Vision plays an important role in children’s cognitive, social development and physical appearance. There are many different eye conditions and diseases that can affect a child’s vision. If an eye disease is not detected in time and cured properly, children will encounter many more serious problems. Visual functioning is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children, and childhood vision disorders may continue to affect health and well-being throughout the adult years. Therefore, early detection and treatment is important. Children in our orphanages are no exception. With the very limited funding provided by the government to cover 3 meals per day and many other expenses, eye examinations are considered “luxury goods” and therefore, the vast majority of our children have not received any eye exam and treatment. An eye examination and treatment project should be implemented to improve the children’s general health care.

Specific Objectives

  • Detect and cure eye-related problems properly and in time

  • Provide eye hygiene awareness and instructions

  • Provide orphans eye drops, glasses and medicine as necessary

  • Preserve and contribute to children’s confidence, appearance and academic performance through proper eye care

Project Goal Amount

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Providing School Supply Kits to Disadvantaged Orphans

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Vietnam

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Beneficiaries:  322 school-aged children living in seven orphanages

Background: School supply kits are absolutely essential for each child at the beginning of the academic year. For children, having adequate school supplies can drastically help them feel confident and enhance their academic performance. Many studies show that children having school supplies of their own can improve grades, creativity, attitudes towards learning, behavior, peer relationships and self-image. This is why having adequate school supply kits is so important because being prepared keeps children motivated and excited. If children are equipped with what they need, they will have a better learning experience.

Specific Objectives

  • Ensure the children have adequate supplies for all subject areas

  • Improve the orphans’ confidence and academic performance

  • Raise children’s and communities’ awareness of the importance of school supply kits at school

  • Encourage children to complete tasks and homework and have a positive attitude toward learning

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Sex Education for Young Teens

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Philippines

Location: Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines

Beneficiaries:  50 sponsored adolescents and youths

Background: One of the trends among the sponsored youth in the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Philippines is early engagement in physical relationships, which are resulting in teenage pregnancy. In this context, PSBP believes that proper sex education among its sponsored youth must be given time and importance. This is to help the teens and young adults understand, be aware of, and protect their sexuality and reproductive system. Easy access and exposure to sexual content on the Internet is also contributing to these members of Generation Z to the world of sex and even the sex trade, which is thriving in Angeles City.

Specific Objectives

  • To inform participants and help them understand and be aware of their sexuality and reproduction.

  • To let participants know how to protect their sexuality and reproductive health so they can make wise decisions when it comes to confronting sexual issues and situations.

  • To help participants understand the possible consequences of sex (health issues, pregnancy, having to drop out of school, etc.) and make good, informed decisions to ensure a better future for themselves.

Project Goal Amount

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“Magic Boxes” Home Learning Activities, Toys, and Games

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Thailand

Location: Phitsanulok Province, Thailand

Beneficiaries:  50 families with children aged 8 and younger

Background:  Because schools in this region have been forced to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic, young children in the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Thailand program have had their mental health and learning capabilities affected by having their education interrupted and being stuck at home—4 out of 10 mothers and 7 out of 10 fathers are unable to make time to join in activities with their children that promote learning, and only 3 out of 10 children have more than 3 books in their house. The circumstances are worse for poor families who have very few resources to help their children’s minds stay in engaged while schools are closed. Children and their families suffer from Covid-related stress and anxiety. PSBFT has closely collaborated with te educational sector, health care service center, as well as community leaders to ensure that the most disadvantaged children and families, those with limited access to learning materials and social services, receive the critical supplies and support they need. Prolonged school closure has affected children’s ability to learn and poses long-term consequences for children’s mental well-being, especially for young children from the most excluded and vulnerable groups.

Specific Objectives

  • Build up and continue children’s learning development while schools are closed due to Covid-19.

  • Promote children’s physical development and learning skills while schools are closed.

  • Support children and families to be able to better manage stress and anxiety related to the Covid-19 pandemic through mental exercises and activities.

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Backyard Gardening Project

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Philippines

Location: Olongapo and Subic, Zambales

Beneficiaries:  30 sponsored families

Background: The Covid-19 pandemic has brought massive unemployment and food shortages to the Philippines. Millions have lost their jobs and food and financial support from the Philippines government have been unequally and unfairly distributed among Filipino people. Therefore, many Filipino people are taking their survival and well-being into their own hands. It is in this context that Pearl S. Buck Foundation Philippines hopes to continue a third phase of the Backyard Gardening Project. In Olongapo and Subic, sponsored families are enjoying the success of the previous two projects, and more and more sponsored families are requesting the opportunity to grow their own nutritious food instead of relying on the local government.

Specific Objectives

  • Provide basic training to families on how to plant, grow, and sustain a backyard garden.

  • Provide high-quality vegetable seeds to be planted, grown, and harvested when ready.

  • Ensure there is enough grown to sustain each family and have enough vegetables left over to share with neighboring families in times of crisis.

Project Goal Amount

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“Let Me Climb!” Playground Project

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Thailand

Location: Ban Nong Luang village, Mae Ramard District, Tak province, Thailand

Beneficiaries:  200 children

Background:  The children living in this remote community have never had an opportunity to climb, jump, move around or experience playing in a playground. In addition, the closing of child development centers and schools for many months due to the Covid-19 pandemic has forced children to stay home,  where they have no activities to keep them busy and active while their parent go to work on the farm. They become vulnerable to becoming unhealthy and sick because of a lack of exercise. For fun, the children play and exercise together by running for fun,  jumping run, playing jumping games with a chain made from rubber bands, and playing with toys made from materials found easily in the local area such as banana tree stems and leaves. But these are not durable, they lack interest and excitement, and cannot enrich and develop good health & immunity in the children.

Specific Objectives

  • Raise funds to build a safe, clean, and stimulating playground

  • Promote interaction and socialization through play to benefit the mental and emotional well-being of the children

  • Promote physical health, stronger bodies, and better immunity through play and exercise.

Project Goal Amount

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Pig Farming for Extra Family Income

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Thailand

Location: Ban Nong Luang village, Mae Ramard District, Tak province, Thailand

Beneficiaries: 154 children and their families

Background: The average annual household income in Ban Nong Luang is around $1,000. By raising local black pigs, villagers can earn more money to support themselves through the sale of the livestock or the meat. This project will also provide food security during the Covid-19 pandemic for these families by cutting down on the expense of buying food and ensuring they have enough protein to eat. This pilot program will select families to participate where they will not only receive pigs to raise but will learn the occupational knowledge necessary to sustain this extra income. The project is an activity that will help children and families to become self-reliant, provide food security, and raise their standard of living.

Specific Objectives

  • Support long-term income generation for families during the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Ensure children and families have enough protein (pigs) to eat

  • Reduce the expense of buying food during the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Promote the community-wide learning and practice of raising local black pigs

Project Goal Amount

$0
This project has been fully funded by generous donors like you!

COVID-19 Pandemic Peer Counseling Training Program

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Philippines

Location: Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, and Leyte, Philippines

Beneficiaries:550 sponsored children and youths

Background: For many children and youth in the Philippines nowadays, this unexpected global pandemic crisis has been silently changing their psychological well-being. In family letters written by sponsored children, there have been direct and indirect expressions of fear, confusion, and worry that has been leading to anxiety and stress among many of the children. Pearl S. Buck Foundation Philippines staff have observed behavioral changes in some sponsored children in these trying times.

Specific Objectives

  • Create a Peer Counseling Project Training Module

  • Train peer counselors from among Pearl S. Buck Foundation Philippines sponsored children/youth who can listen and speak with their co-sponsored children

  • Equip PSBP’s peer counselors with basic knowledge on coping and psychological first aid in times of crisis, such as a pandemic

  • Provide a specific avenue for sponsored children to express and share their thoughts, concerns, and fears about the current pandemic crisis

  • Help sponsored children/youth understand the current situation (Covid-19 pandemic) and its possible effects and impact on their psychological wellbeing

  • Help sponsored children/youth cope with the challenges of the new norms in our society and world in general brought about by pandemic

  • Regain self-confidence among sponsored children and youth as they prepare to go back to school with the different mode of learning they will encounter there

Project Goal Amount

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This project has been fully funded by generous donors like you!

Cyber Sexual Abuse Awareness & Prevention Seminar

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Philippines

Location: Pabahay 2000, Brgy Muzon, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

Beneficiaries: 150 sponsored children and young adults

Background: Pabahay 2000 (or Housing 2000) was established in 1997 as a government-initiated housing project for the victims of squatters’ demolition from different poor communities in the Manila metro area. Currently, there are 150 sponsored children in this area—47 in elementary school, 85 in high school, and 18 in college. They are required to use the Internet for school assignments and term papers in order to do well academically. This Internet use exposes the children and young adults to online predators.

Specific Objectives

  • Impart basic and important knowledge on how to spot and identify possible cyber sexual abuse

  • Provide significant information on how to battle and counter actual cyber sexual abuse

  • Present programs and resolutions of the government on how to proceed and report the experience of cyber sexual abuse

  • Develop camaraderie and self-confidence among Pearl S. Buck Foundation Philippines sponsored children and youth through team building activities during the seminar

  • Develop courage among sponsored children and youth to fight and report cyber sexual abuse to proper local government and private agencies for the protection of children

Project Goal Amount

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This project has been fully funded by generous donors like you!

Help a Child Prepare for Disaster

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Philippines

Location: Lao, Linao, and Ipal, Philippines (Ormac City, Philippines relocation sites)

Beneficiaries: 110 sponsored children and their families living in Lao, Linao, and Ipal

Background: For the past five years, the Philippines has experienced many natural disasters, such as earthquakes and typhoons. Ormoc City, due to its location in the Philippines, is particularly vulnerable to these natural disasters. Recently the city was hit by two earthquakes and a major storm, which led to the destruction of homes, excessive flooding, flashfloods, landslides, and claimed thousands of lives and buildings. Because of this, it has been deemed urgent to teach the residents disaster preparedness.

Specific Objectives

  • To increase knowledge on self-protection during and after any disaster

  • To provide information on disaster preparedness to the sponsored children and their families

  • To decrease the absenteeism numbers among sponsored children due to flooding and water-borne diseases

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