Last weekend Children's Learning Centers finally opened in the Mas-in and Danhug villages. As a result, 800 children now have access to fun, safe, informal after school facilities. Despite heavy rain these ceremonies were beautiful and emotional, well attended events that featured representatives from The Local City Government, representatives from the villages, Rural Development Initiative (Local NGO), construction team leader Junnel Dalmas, local residents, friends and others.
Native Narrative would like to give special thanks to: the RDI team for treating us like family and providing an endless supply of local knowledge. Mayor Richard Gomez and the entire local Government in Ormoc City for the financial support and believing in us. All people who took part in the construction process, you have our deepest appreciation and respect!
We are incredibly grateful to all the various people and organisations who donated books, money and learning materials to the centers. These include:
Stine Bech Olsen & friends in Denmark & Singapore
Aileen Suarez & The Ormoc Chamber of Commerce
German European School Singapore
Children’s Book Author in Hong Kong Kimberley Kleczka
Klerisa Mae Yray / Triskellion Ormoc City Council
Shipping Company DSV Air & Sea Inc.
You have already brought tremendous happiness to many children and lots more will follow.
Finally we also like to thank the The Danish Arts Foundation Committee for Architecture Grants and Project Funding for giving us financial support thereby allowing us to give our time and expertise free to important projects like this.
The regional newspaper EV Mail featured reported from the opening ceremony, article to follow shortly.
The 3rd Native Narrative designed Learning Center will within the next couple of weeks open in village Concepcion. While Ormoc City Government are planning on building a center in Salvacion village later this year and 5 more centers planned for 2019.
With these projects completed Native Narrative now relocates the practice to Copenhagen, while the various collaborations in the Philippines will continue!
Stay tuned for more info…