3,000 indigent students benefit from Widus ‘Balik Eskwela’ project

Another batch of bags filled with school supplies was distributed to indigent schoolchildren during the last leg of Widus Foundation’s “Balik Eskwela” project held at Teodoro P. Tino Elementary School last July 21.

The program which was done in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) benefited a total of 3,000 underprivileged students including pupils from Gueco Elementary School and Santa Maria Elementary School.

During the distribution of bags and school supplies on Friday, Widus Hotel and Casino Human Resources Manager Ana Cristy Galura said the project aims to address one of the main causes of school dropouts –lack of basic school materials.

“The completion of the Balik Eskwela project is just the start of our foundation’s campaign towards educational empowerment. We hope these simple acts would encourage the youth to pursue their studies despite their financial challenges and inspire other groups and individuals as well,” Galura said​.​

About 20 students from the total number of recipients are relocated children from the war-inflicted town of Marawi.

Widus Hotel and Casino Marketing Manager Sheryl Mamangun also said that the foundation’s next project “Adopt-A-Library” is already slated to begin next month.

“We are to donate a container van converted into a library to Masamat Elementary School this year. We will also be giving educational library materials to two other schools for this program,” Mamangun added.

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