The Philippines is made up of 7,103 islands with two official languages and eight major dialects. Characterized by sprawling beaches, verdant fields and stunning mountains, the islands draw millions of travelers every year.
Unfortunately, the Philippines' history of colonization has left a lasting mark on its economy; many of its most lucrative monopolies are owned by families who have been in power since the Spanish colonial era. The divide between rich and poor speaks for itself when one looks at Manila's slums, which elbow right up against rich districts with towering skyscrapers. With upwards of 25% of Filipinos living in extreme poverty, many children fall behind in school due to a lack of basic school supplies, malnutrition and lack of access to health care professionals. Socioeconomically disadvantaged children have higher drop-out rates, most significantly at the elementary school level.
Art Workshops in Angono
In 2015, Corazon Roxas Foundation launched a pilot program in Angono as part of their search to expand into an educational workshop and create a program to replace their children’s day celebrations held twice yearly in Manila. Though the celebrations were nice, the results were short lived and the children returned to their difficult lives. The pilot Art Workshop was created to provide children who live in the slums a safe place to have a chance at professional art instruction, grow creatively, expand their imagination, provide insight and healing, and give them hope. PaperSeed is proud to support the 2016 Art Workshops, and we hope that community support for this critical art instruction will flourish and help the program grow in future years.