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December 22, 2009

Urgent Action - Kids with no School
In the remote village of Busicong in Siocon, Zamboanga Del Norte

In the remote village of Busicong in Siocon, Zamboanga Del Norte, education is inaccessible to the village children as the only school is a distant boat ride away. As a result, most of the village children do not attend school and the village has a high rate of illiteracy. Both the village and the local department of education want to build a school but there is no funding available. With no education, village children are tempted to join armed rebel groups and MTF believes that education can provide the kids of Busicong a better alternative.

As a first step in combating illiteracy in Busicong, we plan to build a 2 to 3 classroom school. The construction of the school will commence at the start of the next dry season. Hopefully, the school will be ready for school year 2011 2012.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of students from Mount Royal University in Calgary Alberta Canada, we have the required funds of $10,442 to build a school in Busicong.

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