TRails to Empower Kids
Post on 01-Mar-2016
DESCRIPTIONA volunteer group that reaches out to kids who live in the mountains and other isolated areas.
Trails to Empower Kids
A volunteer organiza7on composed mostly of mountaineers from dierent organiza7ons bonded together by the same advocacy of helping kids and communi7es who live in the mountains or other isolated areas.
Founded in December 2007 by seven mountaineers Kelly Austria, Myrla Punongbayan, Rexandre delos Reyes, AKy. Jong Navarro, Noel Dulay, JP Cruz and Elias Bacolot.
The school is situated near Mt. Ugo, one of the most popular des7na7ons among mountaineers.
The community is located 5 hours away from Baguio city (3 hours on foot).
Their livelihood includes farming and panning for gold at Agno River.
Most children walk miles to get to school.
They have only one classroom and one teacher shared by grades 1-4 students.
TREK provided books, school supplies, hygiene kits, health products and bonded with them in an aYernoon of games and party.
December 8 9, 2007 Saybuan Primary School, Si7o Saybuan, Brgy. Tinongdan, Itogon, Benguet
School of Living Tradi7ons, which teaches Dumagat children about their culture.
The school is 12 hours via land, 10 minutes boat ride plus one hour trek.
The school uses the home school program of DepEd.
Students stay in school but since Dumagats are nomads, the main concern of their teacher was making them stay in school.
We provided them school supplies, books, other educa7onal materials. etc. We also had games with them and of course, shared a meal.
May 1-4, 2008 Sentrong Paaralan ng mga Agta, Barangay Cozo, Casiguran, Aurora
One of the most remote areas of Kalinga. It's a 4-hour bumpy ride in a modied truck, which has irregular schedule, followed by a steep hike.
A village of about 3,000 people with only 4 comfort rooms. Diarrhea and other hygiene related illnesses are common problems.
TREK donated construc7on materials for comfort rooms, reference materials, teaching materials, books, school supplies, lamps and toys for the kids.
December 12-14, 2008 Lubo Elementary School and Tandudan High School, Brgy. Lubo, Tanudan, Kalinga
Some of the students trek for hours to get to school.
Most cannot aord to buy books and school supplies. Their teachers use por7ons of their very liKle salary to buy them these so they can con7nue with their educa7on.
No decent classrooms and comfort rooms.
To help them, TREK donated bags, school supplies and reading materials for all the students.
May 1-3, 2009 Malibang Elementary School, Malibang Pre-school, Cacalaggan Primary School, Aurora Primary
School, Flora Primary School and Lydia Primary Schools in Pudtol, Apayao
TREK Subic Town
A reseKlement site for the Aetas displaced by the erup7on of Mt. Pinatubo.
Managed by Sr. Eva Maamo, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and President of the Founda7on for our Lady of Peace Missions (FOLPMI).
Held together with SABIT Mountaineers Basic Mountaineering Course.
We also partnered with Philippine Science Centrum for a fun science workshop.
September 25-27, 2009 Aeta ReseKlement Site, Subic Town, Zambales
TREK Relief Opps For the vic7ms of Typhoon Ondoy
at Barangay Wawa, Tanay, Rizal. For the vic7ms of Typhoon Pepeng
September and October, 2009
TREK San Luis
In partnership with Aurora Oroaders Club, we delivered books and school supplies to the students. We also constructed a comfort room and donated bookshelves for the school.
The community is reachable via 3 hours trek.
Most students fail in their exams due to lack of school materials.
December 12-13, 2009 Kalapnit Elementary School, Si7o Kalapnit, Brgy. Dibalo, San Luis, Aurora
Home to the third largest cultural community in the mountain provinces of Northern Luzon, the Kankanais.
It can be reached via 4 hours trek from the municipal hall of Kibungan, Benguet;
Some trek for more than two hours, some as young as 7 years old, on muddy path carrying their makeshiY bags made out of sacks just to go to a school that also has scarce educa7onal materials.
TREK provided school supplies, books, toys and other giYs for the students. We also had a party with them.
August 21-22, 2009 Si7o Polis, Brgy Poblacion, Kibungan Benguet
TREK Itogon 2
A visit again to Saybuan to fulll a promise to help rehabilitate Saybuans drainage system.
Addi7onal schools were Pe7can Elementary School and Tinongdan Elementary School.
Both schools are remote, accessible only by trek. They also have a dearth of textbooks and school supplies.
Some student walk hours to get to school.
TREK again provided books and school supplies, plus other giYs for the students.
December 10-12, 2009 Saybuan Primary School, Pe7can Elementary School and Tinongdan Elementary School
Purok Atan is a very remote community that requires four hours trek from the road.
Many students walk 2 hours each way to go to school on steep paths. During ber months, when the rains come, aKendance drops as the muddy terrain become dicult for the barefoot students to navigate.
Aside from the challenging distance, terrain, and weather, the students also have to contend with the dearth of textbooks, notebooks, pencils, and even slippers.
TREK built a comfort room for them and water system, plus provided books and school supplies.
August 20-21, 2011 Atan Elementary School in Purok Atan, Brgy. Runrono, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya
TREK Relief Opps 3
The town received heavy bea7ng from the typhoons, which rendered some roads impassable, destroyed major phone networks and caused power outages.
Organized by the Aurora Oroaders Club, in coopera7on with Trails to Empower Kids (TREK).
TREK provided books and school supplies for the students.
October 29, ,2011 Dilasag, Aurora
TREK Casiguran 2
Another project of Sentrong Paaralan ng mga Agta for Dumagat students.
No classroom; the students use the barangay hall.
Located in a disputed land. TREK provided construc7on
materials for a new classroom; school materials and also bonded with them in an aYernoon of games and dancing.
January 21-22, 2012 Sentrong Paaralan ng mga Agta in Si7o Niyog, Brgy. Ildefonso, Casiguran, Aurora
We helped two schools, both in dire need of school materials.
The volunteers trekked for four hours to reach the farthest school.
Students belong to the ethnic group called the Ilongots.
TREK provided books, school supplies, raincoats, bags and other giYs for the students and the teachers.
August 24-26, 2012 Tamsi Primary School and Kakidugen Primary School, Nagtipunan, Quirino
TREK Kibungan 2
This is in celebra7on of TREKs 5th Anniversary.
TREK started upcycling old tarps into school bags and we gave them to all the students of Kibugan, with notebooks, pencils, pad papers, erasers and sharpeners.
November 30-December 9, 2012 Polis Barrio School, Palina Elementary School, Tabbac Primary
School, Legleg Barrio School, Napsong Barrio School, Lanipew Barrio School, Batangan Bario School, Les-eng Barrio School, Gasal Barrio School, Lubo Elementary School,
Tonquey-Nalusbo Primary School and Ewa-Bokes Elementary School, Kibungan, Benguet
TREK reached the kids from the Hanunuo-Mangyan tribe in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.
Aside from dona7ng sturdy footwear which the kids need to traverse the muddy path to school, we also brought them school supplies, books and other giYs.
August 24-26, 2013 Anahaw Elementary School and Lucban, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro
The primary concern of the community is potable water so the group nally delivered the system needed for this.
We also donated medicine for common illnesses, which the community lacked plus of course, school supplies, bags and toys.
We also asked the students to write their Christmas wishes and we delivered. We partnered with an school in Manila and their students gave school supplies.
Other giYs were donated by other TREK volunteers.
December 8-9, 2012 Mapedya Elementary School, Papaya, Nueva Ecija
TREK Tinglayan August 23-25, 2014
Buscalan Elem School, Loccong Elementary School, Southern Tinglayan High School, Tinglayan, Kalinga
Home community of Wang-od, the popular mambabatok or taKoo ar7st.
Despite the inux of tourists in these communi7es, there has been liKle help.
TREK provided raincoats, boots, backpacks, school supplies, books, other educa7onal materials and giYs for the students.
TREK Sta. Elena December 6-7, 2014
Salvacion Elementary Schoo, Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte
Salvacion is a coastal community bounded by a mountain range, which makes the community isolated.
TREK provided them with comfort rooms with rain catchment facility to address two of the schools major problems lack of water and toilets.
TREK also provided help for their feeding program because some of their students were already considered wasted or severely malnourished.
TREK also provided raincoats, slippers, books, school supplies, backpacks, etc. We also piloted our playground made from recycled 7res.
Next project: FUGA Island