Alecia Dimar 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Virginia Languza, a young mother living with her husband and 5-year-old daughter, is thankful for Lions’ support of the learning center in her city in the Philippines. “We can give our daughter a very good center, to learn, to study,” said Languza. Before the learning center was constructed, Virginia’s daughter and other children in Pasay City roamed the streets. Shacks lined the broken roads where the children played; there was no sewage system, no electricity and no sense of safety. “We know for a fact that a lot of young people, ages 3 to 6, are not given the proper daycare education, particularly here in Pasay City,” said Bobby Laurel, past district governor of District 301-A2, Philippines. “We felt that this would be a very meaningful project for us to do.” The City of Pasay is located in metro Manila. Nearly 350,000 people live there. Until recently, Languza’s neighborhood was filled with squatters. The government demolished this makeshift community and constructed housing for 400 families. Lions recognized that there was still a need for a safe place for young children. Together, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions from District 334-A, Japan, and District 301-A2 funded the construction of the learning center. “Everyone understands that we Lions are an international organization,” said Sadao Kawase, a member of the Nagoya West Lions Club, Japan. “So all members, they are happy to do projects in the Philippines.” The learning center currently serves nearly 100 children and that number is expected to increase as additional classrooms are opened. The three-story building is equipped with books, educational materials, recreational equipment and computers. An outdoor recreation space soon will be improved with playground equipment and toys. Lions regularly volunteer at the center. They plan to expand it so it serves all children who live in the housing project. The learning center demonstrates Lions commitment to working with youth in their local community and helping provide opportunities to underprivileged children. Supporting positive youth development remains a central mission of LCIF, along with Lions worldwide.
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