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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

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Transportation Support for Children with HIV

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Vietnam

Location: Center No. 2 (HIV Center), Hanoi, Vietnam

Beneficiaries: 13 children with HIV

Background: Center No.2 provides treatment, shelter, and care for abandoned orphan children with HIV and provides treatment, behavior and dignity education, vocational training and work for drug addicts in Hanoi. Currently, there are 73 orphans from a few months old to 18 years old. In the past, the children could not go to school due to severe discrimination from the community due to their HIV status, but now they have the chance to attend classes in the orphanage or schools in the community like other children. The distance from the orphanage to the schools, however, is at least 4 miles and as many as 11 miles, making it hard for the children to walk or ride their bikes to school, especially in very hot weather, on really cold days, or in heavy rain. The orphanage is in a mountainous area with curving roads and many big trucks, making the road unsafe for the children to walk.

Specific Objectives

  • Help the children to get to school safe and on time

  • Increase time to relax after school and decrease stress caused by walking along dangerous roads

  • Improve the children’s overall health and study results

  • Save travel expenses for the orphanage. The saved funds can be used to support the children in other ways, such as buying more food, clothes, school supplies, equipping deficient facilities, etc.

  • Enhance the quality of life for the children by giving them more time to do other things, such as studying and playing

  • Educate children about the consequences and effects of harmful insects

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Mosquito and Insect Control and Prevention

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Vietnam

Location: Tay Dang Orphanage, Birla Orphanage, Ha Nam Orphanage, Center No. 2, Center No. 3, Thuy An Orphanage, Dong Da Orphanage

Beneficiaries: More than 1,000 children

Background: These centers have the common mission of caring for the elderly and for children who are either abandoned, disabled, or living with HIV. The orphanages provide them shelter, a place to live and become educated. Most are located in poor rural areas with facilities and equipment that are inadequate and in poor condition. In Vietnam, mosquitoes and other insects spread deadly diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever. The orphanages are at high risk of mosquito and insect infestation due to a combination of high temperatures and prime breeding sources such as cramped, unclean living spaces and stagnant water. When the children get sick from mosquito-borne diseases, they can’t go to school or even end up in the hospital. Other insects destroy the children’s books and clothing. Rats are also a problem and bite the children when they sleep.

Specific Objectives

  • Assure that no children contract mosquito-borne diseases or are hurt by any insects

  • Keep the orphanage environment cleaner and safer for children’s health and activities

  • Manage mosquito and insect populations and eliminate their presence inside the orphanages

  • Assure that the children will live, study, and play in a healthy and safe environment

  • Educate people about the threat of dengue virus

  • Educate children about the consequences and effects of harmful insects

  • Reduce mosquito and insect damage to human health and enjoyment

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Provide Vaccinations to Children

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Thailand

Location: Ban Nong Luang Village, Mae Ramard District, Tak Province, Thailand

Beneficiaries: 66 children, ages three months to six years old

Background: Mae Ramard District is located in the high mountains of northwest Thailand, where the weather is very hot in summer, very cold in winter, and very windy during the rainy season. Because of this, many children suffer from colds, pneumonia, lung inflammation, asthma, and respiratory disease. Because of their poor living conditions and a lack of quality food, the children have low immunity and so get sick more easily. When they get sick, the distance from the village to see a doctor is long and difficult. Their parents depend on a hired public car to pick them up, if they can even afford it. If they have a motorcycle or borrow one, they have to pay for gasoline. If parents treat their children at home, it will consist usually of an herbal drink. Health care clinics will provide vaccines to the elderly and children in high risk groups, but for everyone else, the cost is $75 per injection, on top of other fees associated with going to the clinic and receiving vaccines.

Specific Objectives

  • Provide vaccination treatments for young children to prevent disease and death

  • Alleviate the costs associated with getting to the health clinic to receive vaccines

Thailand vaccination project

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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

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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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Swimming Training and Drowning Prevention Program

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Vietnam

Location: Ha Nam Orphanage, Vietnam

Beneficiaries: 28 children

Background: Ha Nam Orphanage was established in 1997 with the mission of nursing elderly people, orphans and street children, abandoned and disabled children, and people with mental issues and who had been diagnosed with HIV. Currently, there are 42 orphans and abandoned children, ages 1-22 years old, living in the orphanage, which is located in a poor rural area with lots of canals and rivers. Summer is coming soon in Vietnam, bringing with it extremely hot temperatures upwards of 100 degrees. Because the closest swimming pool is 10 km away and the orphanage and schools are not air-conditioned, the children often swim in the canals and rivers to beat the summer heat on their way home from school. Swimming in the river without adult supervision means that they are putting their lives at risk. Many students drown every year. In March 2019, eight students died when swimming in a river in a nearby province.

Specific Objectives

  • Equip children with safe swimming knowledge and life-saving equipment

  • Ensure children can swim safely by themselves

  • Teach children how to save another person who is drowning

  • Allow children to enjoy swimming time and strengthen their health

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