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Hapilan Daycare Center students move-up

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The students of the Hapilan Daycare Center celebrated their moving-up last March 11, 2011 at Barangay 105, Vitas, Tondo, Manila. The moving-up ceremony were led by the children, their teachers, parents and families, along with local government officials and staff from the Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (IOHSAD).

According to Rowena Balino, Program Officer of the Hapilan Daycare Center, the students were children of people living near the garbage dumps of Tondo. “We are very happy for the enthusiasm of the the children in attending the daycare center. We are also very pleased with the strong support of the parents, whom despite living in extreme poverty, labored to enable their children to receive education which prepares them to go to a regular school.”

The Hapilan Daycare Center was established in 2009 to prepare the children to go to a regular school. All of the student are children of people living near the garbage dump. Aside from the daycare services, the center also trains the parents on health issues, including hygiene and first-aid.

“We also surveyed the children for outstanding health issues faced by them and their families. We shared this results to the Parents-Teachers Association so they can address the problems faced by their children and the community,” said Balino.

The Hapilan Daycare Center is a project of the Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (IOHSAD) with support from the Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA).