A place for hope and learn­ing

Good Housekeeping (Philippines) - - Real Life -

Founded by Dolores Cheng (third from right, stand­ing) in 2006, The Cen­ter for Pos­si­bil­i­ties Foun­da­tion (CFP) raises aware­ness and pro­vides schools with sup­port for chil­dren with spe­cial needs. Three years ago, in the re­mote town of Sa­gada, Moun­tain Prov­ince, it es­tab­lished a Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion (SPED) cen­ter, to­gether with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, the church, and a few pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als. The cen­ter is filled with stim­u­lat­ing ma­te­ri­als, equip­ment, and learn­ing tools that can be used to teach chil­dren the ba­sics of read­ing, writ­ing, and arith­metic. “When you talk about Sa­gada, that’s a moun­tain­ous re­gion. So phys­i­cally dis­abled kids, they’re piggy-backed. There is no wheel­chair ac­cess, and the roads are not so paved,” says CFP di­rec­tor Cyn­thia Gon­za­lez (far left, stand­ing). Dolores adds, “Vice Mayor Ben Ca­puyan (third from left, stand­ing) would use his pick-up truck to pick up stu­dents so they could come to the cen­ter. He would wake up at 5 a.m., pick up the kids, and take them to the school. He did this for a year, and it gave the par­ents time to or­ga­nize. On the sec­ond year, they were able to ar­range trans­porta­tion. So the com­mu­nity ef­fort is tremen­dous.” Turn the page to learn more about CFP’S projects and events.

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