MANILA -- Save the Children Philippines has launched an initiative that allows people to raise funds for marginalized kids in the country while staying safe at home.
Called "Heroes from Home," the fundraiser is for the benefit of Filipino children who are in need of health care, education, and protection amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Individuals and groups can start their own fundraiser through SimplyGiving.com as their way of celebrating birthdays and other occasions while in quarantine. Others can also donate what could have been spent for food, drinks, and gifts for cancelled events.
"I signed up to be a Hero from Home because the children need our support now more than ever as they continue to face challenges in these trying times," actress and Save the Children Philippines ambassador Ria Atayde said in a statement.
Atty. Alberto Muyot, chief executive officer of Save the Children Philippines, for his part, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the lives of kids globally.
"Filipino children have been suffering from extreme hunger and undernutrition, while a significant number of learners may not be able to return to school or take part in online classes as their parents or guardians face loss of income and livelihood," he said.
Save the Children Philippines said it has provided support to 11,000 children and their families, including frontliners, by providing personal protective equipment, food, hygiene kits, and educational materials.
The organization has also been implementing its Project ARAL (Access to Resources for Alternative Learning) to help children from low-income families, those with disabilities, and those who face risks of being left out in school by providing innovative learning modalities.
"There are still so many children who need our love and support and I really hope that everyone can rise up to the challenge and be a Hero from Home," Atayde said.