School Repairs Delight Students and Community

Tagdon Elementary reopens after renovations are made.

Serving youth is one of the causes Campaign 100: LCIF Empowering Service will support. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) wants to serve 200+ million people each year while increasing service impact, fighting diabetes, and expanding our global causes. This story is one example of how Lions can positively change the lives of children through the assistance of an LCIF grant.

Where There is a Need, There is a Lion

A student’s eagerness to learn can quickly diminish when their school environment is distracting, unclean, and unsafe. After Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda), Tagdon Elementary School was destroyed. Lions in Germany wanted to help. They raised funds and secured a grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to renovate and expand the school. In the Philippines, Bulan Lions Club, a nearby club that regularly visits the school, was also able to contribute to the school’s exciting new beginning.

Typhoon Haiyan is flooded and scattered with debris after Typhoon Haiyan (Super Typhoon Yolanda)

Typhoon Haiyan left Tagdon Elementary flooded and covered in debris.

Located in the city of Barcelona within the Sorsogon Province of the Philippines, the school was originally constructed more than 30 years ago. Once bustling with students excited about their education, the school was left ravaged in the wake of the typhoon. In addition to roof and structural damage, the area flooded, leaving debris littering the ground inside and out.

Lions Sprang into Action

With the money from the German Lions, LCIF, and Bulan Lions Club, three classroom buildings and nine classrooms were renovated. Repairs were made to the framing, roofing, ceilings, windows, doors, masonry, and electrical components.

Several members of the Barcelona, Philippines community begin cleaning up the area.

Members of the community begin cleaning up the property.

Interior and exterior painting brightened up the school to a welcoming yellow with attractive blue accents. In addition to the renovations to existing buildings, the project also funded the construction of a new building that houses a library, computer room, health clinic, and bathrooms. The school health clinic will also be available to the general public, a much-needed service in the community of Barcelona.

School is Back in Session

Tagdon Elementary School has an annual enrollment of 250

Tagdon Elementary is inaugurated on a bright, sunny day in the Philippines.

The inauguration of the renovated Tagdon Elementary

students, all of whom now have a safe school environment that is conducive to learning. In addition to these students, more than 1,000 students from five surrounding elementary schools will use the library, computer room, and health clinic, and more than 4,750 additional community members will benefit from the health clinic each year. Further proof that kindness matters, this project has helped cultivate a happy and healthy community.

“This has been our hope [and] our help for the Filipinos because we know that by helping them [to have] a good education, we are helping them and their families. And, of course, the whole country, actually,” says Dr. Marlene Ruth Hermo-Koslowsky, friend of Lions and former Tagdon Elementary School student.

This story was originally published in the July/August 2018 issue of LION Magazine.

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