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Info about the Helping Hands
Helping Hands is a livelihood project at the C. Technical Vocational School (CTVS), a public high school in one of the poorest regions in the Philippines. Nearly a third of CTVS students do not finish high school because of financial problems.
Helping Hands will capitalize on the goods and services the school is already supposed to produce, as part of its vocational program, to generate income that will be used to reimburse students costs, with the ultimate objective of increasing student survival rates.
CTVS’s cohort survival rate fell to 63.4 percent last year, a four-year low—meaning only about two thirds of those who begin high school even make it to their last year. Financial problems are the primary cause of students dropping out.
CTVS’s 1,604 students spend two hours every school day learning trade skills and manufacturing goods as part of their vocational education. But a lack of capital for raw materials and needed equipment prevents more than half the students from producing goods and providing services.
Students must pay for their own raw materials in their vocational classes, which, in addition to school fees and transportation costs, have created a considerable financial burden.
PCPP funds would be invested in the initial costs of raw materials and equipment that would allow the school to start selling their goods and services. The revenue from the first batch will be used to finance the next.
All of the human resources and facilities, and most of the equipment and materials, will be provided by the community, which will also serve as the customer base.
Helping Hands will provide business training to CTVS’s teachers and students, give them experience running a business, and create a sustainable income benefiting the students, the school and the surrounding community.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.