Enhancing Primary Education (E-Care)

Support the growth of St Mark’s Children’s Learning Centre as it provides an educational future for hundreds of local children.

This exciting new project will support the expansion of St Mark’s Children’s Learning Centre in Batal in the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Santiago in Isabella province. The Centre is planning to offer classes from Nursery to Grade 7 (currently offering Nursery, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 and 2), increasing by one grade each year. As Diocesan Bishop Frenzel Ray Piluden said when he visited ABM late last year:

“We have asked for help from AID to build a two-storey building housing eight classrooms on the site of our existing Children’s Learning Centre. We plan by the end of 2028 to have all the elementary school grades, up to and including Grade 7. Currently we only have pre-school to Grade 2. So, each year we plan to build an additional classroom for the following year’s students.

“The Children’s Learning Centre is managed by a trust, of which I am the chair.

“We are also establishing a Campus Endowment Fund to sustain the school for years to come.”

This Fund, to be supplemented by school fees, will enable the Diocese to pay its teachers at the rate required by the Government (currently the teachers are being paid well below minimum wages).

The Diocese will also conduct a strategic review of the Episcopal Diocese of Santiago Children’s Learning Centre in general and especially of St. Mark’s Campus to produce a 10-year plan to cover the school’s development over that time.

Bishop Frenzel said that most of the Anglicans in his diocese are Igorots, the indigenous people of the Mountain Province, but the school will be open to people of all faiths and backgrounds since there is very strong demand for education in the region.

As well as classrooms, the building will include toilets, a laboratory, and a library. It will also be accessible to children and adults with disabilities.

St Mark’s is accredited with the Philippines Government Department of Education.

Please donate to this project if you’d like to play a part in the educational future of hundreds of young Filipino children.

Project Prayer

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. Waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.
– Isaiah 35.1-2a, 6b-7a

Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the living water
that cleanses and cools,
that freshens and that quenches thirst.

We give you thanks for all the ways
in which those who work with Anglican Development Services, Eastern
have learnt to look after their land and droughtproof it.
We rejoice in the way that farmers have been taught
to market their produce and gain additional income.

As COVID-19 and inflation have hit the Kenyan economy hard,
we celebrate the work of Anglican Development Services, Eastern
that has taught agricultural skills, land-care, and various crafts to the farmers
so that they can maintain their incomes,
purchase food and support their children.
We pray particularly for your blessing on all those
who make mats and handbags to sell
and on all who carry on with the work
of caring for the environment
and protecting the planet.

We ask this in your great and holy name.
Amen.

In 2024 we hope to raise for this project:

$98,000

Donation code: XG011PE

Tax-deductible

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Your gift will be used to help our Sustainable Communities projects planned for this year.

Your donation will help ABM’s Anglicans in Development and our overseas church partners work with communities to combat poverty, overcome illiteracy, enable better access to clean water and sanitation, end gender-based violence, build equality, increase resilience to climate change and disasters and strengthen community-level leadership.

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As noted, this is a tax-deductible project. All donations are in Australian dollars (AUD) and all gifts of $2 or more are tax-deductible.
Gifts are received by the trustee for the ‘Anglicans in Development Ltd’ ABN 86 647 293 481

Gifts will be applied to the support of projects selected. In the unlikely event of projects being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to similar projects.