ECCL

"Education Can Change Lives"

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"

- Martin Luther King Jr.

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The "Chapel Project" - 2021

The Philippines is proud to be the only Christian country in Asia with more than 86 percent of its population Roman Catholic therefore the church plays an important role in the every day life of the Filipinos.

ECCL is pleased to provide the means and tools to refurbish a chapel by the end of 2021, giving the locals a sense of normalcy in such challenging times.

The "Extension Project" - 2021

Overcrowded communities and overcrowded homes are sadly very common terms in the Philippines. 
ECCL was glad to help a young family, extending their home with an additional room for the new baby to be born in October later this year.

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The "Parish Project" - 2021

Gatherings in large numbers are not allowed in the Philippines so churches have numerous masses on Sundays so all followers have a chance to pray for a better tomorrow.

ECCL was overjoyed to sponsor the food distribution for over 250 people last week at the local parish; fresh eggs, rice, instant soup, coffee, salt, vegetables and a warm meal waited everyone who attended the mass.

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The "Fire Away Project" - 2021

Unfortunately, fire is quite common in overcrowded areas in the Philippines and in December last year a devastating fire took away everything from 10 families.
As a Christmas present, ECCL was happy to lend a hand and start rebuilding their homes brick by brick.

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The "Virlanie Project" - 2021

Virlanie Foundation is a private, non-profit and non-sectarian organization reaching out to marginalized children and communities in the Philippines.

With the help of generous donors from the Shimizu Corporation, ECCL did not hesitate to reach out when we learnt about their difficulties during the pandemic.

The "Path" - 2021

Certain areas in the Philippines see more storms and typhoons a month than others in a year, not only crippling public transportation but also making it dangerous to visit your neighbors.
ECCL was happy to help a small community on a remote island, building concrete paths among their houses.

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Small Acts of Kindness - 2021

2020 was a challenging year for the whole world especially for those who did not have much to face the pandemic with.

ECCL decided to dedicate March, 2021 to the month of "Small Acts of Kindness" concentrating on as many small wishes as possible for a month. Among others, we granted wishes such as bday parties, a small TV, a paintjob, visit to the dentist, a medical check up, a stove, baby goods a ref and so on. 

The "Speed Up Project" - 2021

The Philippines consists of more than 7,100 islands. Living on an island can be rather challenging; lack of hospitals, shops, water resource, transportation, internet, mobile signal, etc. just to mention some.
ECCL was happy to help out a family with a boat and set it up with a strong speed  engine to significantly shorten their regular travel time between the islands.

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The "Restless Project" - 2021

Because of the lockdowns: ECQ, MECQ, flexible MECQ guards, housekeeping and maintenance staff are forced to stay overnight at their workplace for weeks and months before they can finally go home to see their families.
ECCL was happy to help out a team and make their stay more comfortable with fans and mattresses.

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”Gone with the Wind” Projects - 2020

On 1 November 2020, Super Typhoon Goni (Rolly), the world’s most powerful tropical cyclone this year thus far, brought torrential rains, violent winds, mudslides and storm surges to Luzon. Typhoon Goni was quickly followed by Category-4 Typhoon Vamco (Ulysses) sweeping through central Luzon on 11 and 12 November, flooding tens of thousands of homes from Bicol to Manila’s low-lying suburbs, damaging or destroying 367,000 houses, displacing 216,400 people who took shelter in 467 evacuation centers or at families and friends.

ECCL is currently rebuilding 6 houses and renovating another 14 in Rizal and Bicol where the damage of the two super typhoons was the most sever. Pictures will be updated as work progresses.

Sorsogon - Bicol

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Cainta - Rizal

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Rodriguez - Rizal

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San Fernando - Bicol

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”Power to the People” Projects - 2020

The wrath of typhoons is felt along its path and people in affected areas grope in the dark because of massive brownouts that are trigged by damaged power facilities.

ECCL provided 28 power generators to families and small communities after Rolly and Ulysses.

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The ”Scholarship” Project - 2020

Covid-19 forced schools to close their doors and provide the courses merely online during the pandemic; leaving many students in despair without the means and resources to take the virtual lessons.

ECCL could not refuse the mother's desperate  request and provided this bright young man with the necessary tools and shouldered his tuition fees for this academic year.

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The ”Paper” Projects - 2020

The Philippines is under lockdown since March 15, 2020. To slow down the spread of the virus, children under the age of 21 are not allowed to attend lessons or even leave their homes.
Schools have tried to find ways to start the academic year in July, unfortunately in a vast number of communities families don't have the means to connect to the internet.

ECCL could not turn away from the request of Tabulac Elementary School in San Jose city and supplied the children with 1,524 reams of A4 70gsm paper in 4 batches from August to November; sufficient enough to make their offline studies possible for the whole school year.

Batch I.: August

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Batch III.: October

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Batch II.: September

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Batch IV.: November

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The ”Mini Sari” Project - 2020

ECCL is committed to help children and their families break out of super poverty. This October we built a Mini Sari-Sari Store (mini convenient store) in Malate city, Metro Manila.

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The ”Super Sari” Project - 2020

ECCL is committed to help children and their families break out of super poverty. This September we built a Super Sari-Sari Store (mini convenient store) in Taguig city, Metro Manila.

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The ”Refill” Project - 2020

Due to the hardship caused by the pandemic, some of our beneficiaries from last year could not keep their sari sari stores and food-cart business afloat. 
ECCL helped them refill their inventory so they can restart their business and try to get back to "normal".

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The ”CT” Project - 2020

This strong little boy had a terrible accident and the parents did not have enough funds to cover all the hospital bills.

Our volunteers brought his case to ECCL's attention where we could not turn a blind eye and were happy to lend a hand.
We wish him a fast recovery!

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The ”Special Delivery” Project - 2020

ECCL is determined to help children from the very beginning of their lives.

We supported 36 pregnant girls who were victims of domestic violence or sexual assault / abuse and were left alone without family or partner, with no income and no savings.

What we did:

 - sponsor one medical check up before labor
 - provide a midwife to help during the delivery
 - supply clothing, medicine, diapers etc. for the baby
 - sponsor the first check up (NBS: Newborn Screening)

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The ”Lockdown” Projects - 2020

"No work, no pay" is the new slogan.
Many workers were sent home without salary or fired immediately after lock-down on March 15. Millions of people with no income and no savings struggle for survival, waiting for the government to provide the bare minimum; food and water.
I hope and pray that it'll be over soon and humanity will restart with less pride, gluttony, envy, greed, lust, sloth and wrath and more kindness, respect, empathy, compassion and love for nature and one another.

Project I.: Dasmarinas

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Project III.: Lipa

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Project II.: Sariaya

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Project IV.: Makati

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The ”Transplant” Project - 2020

The parents have been saving for their son's liver transplant for quite a while unfortunately there's not much time left. Desperately trying to find a way to raise the money, they are now selling T-shirts and ponies on- and offline.
ECCL was happy to lend a hand and bought 120 T-shirts, later donated to SOS Children's Villages, Lipa. We wish him and his parents all the best and hope he will recover soon.

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The ”Jade Home” Project - 2020

This year, we tied our annual volunteer project to this year's main project: the "Sick Leave" project. With the help of 20 volunteers we rebuilt a garden and repainted rooms and fences of two buildings at Jade Home for children with special needs.

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The ”Sick Leave” Project - 2020

After more than a year of delay, we could finally start the construction. I will update the site once the infirmary is completed.

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The ”Volcano” Project - 2020

After it's eruption, more than a 100,000 people had to be evacuated from around the Taal Volcano in Batangas, Philippines. ECCL donated 70 mattresses, pillows, blankets, fans and food to make the lives of the children less stressful.

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The Little Patient - 2019

Burning himself with boiling water, this little hero was treated at Aleosan District Hospital in Iloilo. ECCL could not refuse his heartfelt cry out for help on Facebook and shouldered his treatment expenses until full recovery. 

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The "Typhoon Project" - 2019

After Typhoon "Ursula" on Christmas day, we helped victims restart their food-cart businesses in Boracay, Lipa and Iloilo by filling up their carts with merchandise.
Merry Christmas!

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SOS Christmas - 2019
SOS Christmas - 2019

SOS Christmas - 2019
SOS Christmas - 2019

SOS Christmas - 2019
SOS Christmas - 2019

SOS Christmas - 2019
SOS Christmas - 2019

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The "Santa Project" - 2019

We supported the Christmas party of the Philippine SOS Children Villages this year, to show our appreciation and gratitude for all the hard work they do to help less fortunate children in 8 villages around the Philippines.

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The "Shelter Project" - 2019

After our project in February, we could not leave a family with 11 children and a grandmother living without safe "shelter", running water, a kitchen or a bathroom.

Thanks for the strong support of family and friends we could provide all this just before the rainy season started.

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The "Convenient Project" - 2019

We are committed to help children and their families break out of poverty. This March we built 14 Sari-Sari Stores (mini convenient stores), 15 food-carts and distributed 200 T-shirts in 3 cities (Lipa, Antipolo, Las Pinas) in the Philippines.

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The "Flip-Flop Project" - 2018

At the end of the year, just before Christmas we distributed more than 600 slippers to children and adults in Santa Marcela village, Apayao province, northern Philippines. 

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Library / Computer Room Project
Library / Computer Room Project

Schoolyard Cleaning Project
Schoolyard Cleaning Project

"A Full Bag" Project
"A Full Bag" Project

Library / Computer Room Project
Library / Computer Room Project

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The "Clean Up Project" - 2018

In the beginning of 2018, we cleaned up a schoolyard full of rubble and built a small building for a library / computer room for the children in Antipolo. With the rest of the donations we distributed schoolbags full of stationary in Bataan in the Philippines.

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The "Garden Project" - 2017

In 2017, on two weekends in December, we refurbished a kindergarten's playground in Nissin city Japan. Swings, monkey bars, slides, climbers, the pool, outdoor toilets and storage were repainted and old tires were reused to set up a new tire-garden for the children.

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Cambodia - 2017
Cambodia - 2017

Cambodia - 2017
Cambodia - 2017

Cambodia - 2017
Cambodia - 2017

Cambodia - 2017
Cambodia - 2017

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The "Gold-digger Project" - 2017

In 2017, we fixed roofs, walls, gates and fences in three schools, distributed stationary and clothes to more than 600 students and hand drilled wells in five of the poorest communities in Siem Reap province in Cambodia.

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