JCI Lipa, together with other JCI local organizations, local government, private individuals and corporations was able to build a fully functional daycare center for fun, creativity and learning which was opened to the community of Sitio Hillview on the 7th day of June 2015.
Since 2013, JCI Lipa has been supporting Sitio Hillview; a small community located in Brgy Antipolo del Sur, Lipa City, that is home to around 100 marginalised families. JCI Lipa has been dedicated to uplift the lives of these families and has been implementing various activities geared towards community development.
When Typhoon Glenda devastated the Philippines in 2014, Sitio Hillview’s small daycare center was destroyed leaving the children with no place to learn and engage in recreational activities. For months, the children were being taught under trees or had to walk down the hill to a neighboring village. Some even stopped attending school.
With this need, JCI Lipa launched the Daycare for You Project. 2015 LO President Aysa Manalo was adamant and fully dedicated to see this project through, and thought of it as her own birthchild. She worked hard alongside the JCI Lipa members to make this project a reality. This project aims to replace the destroyed daycare center with a favorable and sturdy structure that will serve as the community’s center for EDUCATION and WELLNESS.
Working on the project was not an easy feat but JCI Lipa believes that the benefits for the community greatly outweigh the time and effort that they give. Using the proceeds from the Smash for Hope project, JCI Lipa was able to fund the construction of the daycare center.
Daily life can be very diffucult in Sitio Hillview, but education and proper healthcare can be the key to improving a person’s survival and pave a way out of poverty. In line with building the Daycare Center, JCI Lipa also collaborated with other sectors such as private businesses, local government units and organizations to facilitate initiatives focused on education and healthcare. JCI Calamba Dimasalang and JCI Los Baños supported the project by engaging in the painting of the daycare and installation of fixtures. Universal Robina Corporation also constructed an eco-friendly playground on the daycare grounds.
When the daycare opened, JCI Lipa tied up with Lipa City Councilor Kaye Briones for the “Bag to School” project and gave out school bags and supplies to children. A month long feeding program was also done in partnership with JCI Perlas Pasay.
By building the daycare center, JCI Lipa pushes the limits to how we contribute to building the nation and creating positive change.