It is estimated that one in every ten pupils or four million Filipino children are not in school and the rate has steadily increasing. Since 2008, the drop out rate of 6% in elementary schools has remained the same.
Insufficient family income to support the other needs of the children while in school, lack of interest in attending school and early marriages to escape poverty at home were the three reasons cited by the research study.
APPEND provides school supplies to children to encourage them to be in school instead of roaming the streets and become juvenile delinquent later on. The school bags with supplies are provided to elementary students including those children with special needs and from our indigenous peoples that are living in Central & Northern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions. Each child needsschool supplies amounting to US$15 per child including mobilization cost. The target number of children to be reached is 10,000 children within five years.
More than 26 million Filipinos remain poor with almost half or a little more than 12 million living in extreme poverty and lacking the means to feed themselves.
APPEND Incorporated or the Alliance of Philippine Partners in Enterprise Development Inc., commits to help eradicate poverty in the Philippines and to promote national transformation by contributing to the growth and development of God-fearing, socially-responsible micro- and small entrepreneurs.
The micro-entrepreneurs serve as the backbone of the Philippine economy especially when their number is large enough to impact the scale of small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). MSMEs contribute to almost 61.6% of the total jobs generated by all types of business establishments. This shows that this sector is the largest source of income for disadvantaged communities. Thus, for the past 27 years, APPEND has been serving the poor micro-entrepreneurs with capital to start or expand their family businesses or micro-enterprises, provide business development & marketing services, savings facilities, educational assistance, water, health and sanitation (WASH) program , financial literacy and education, micro-insurance, values formation program, leadership training, and training sessions on environment care.
APPEND is a non-stock, non-profit, charitable, educational, social welfare development and civic service corporation under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines. From a reach of 30,000 micro- entrepreneurs, APPEND has helped more than 5 million poor people — assisting them attain better lives and escape poverty, by creating opportunities for them to use their God-given abilities to make wealth.