Stationery recently donated school supplies to support nongovernment
organizations’ education initiatives for children from poor families and whose
schooling has been impacted by the pandemic.
Stationery, the school and office supplies department of The SM Store, teamed
up with ChildHope Philippines and Caritas Manila in giving school supplies such
as notebooks, crayons, rulers, writing pads, ballpoint pens and pencils to
thousands of indigent students and street children in the Philippines.
Philippines has already helped in the distribution of the school supplies to
poor communities in Marikina, and has worked with community and youth leaders
to train mothers so that they can teach their kids basic writing, reading and
life skills during the quarantine. The other school supplies will be used
in their EduKit Project and street learning sessions.
their EduKit Project, ChildHope is able to provide school supplies to street
children in Metro Manila who are either able to attend formal schooling or go
to their Basic Literacy and Numeracy sessions in the streets. Their alternative
learning sessions will resume once the situation becomes safer. Caritas
Manila, the leading social arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, on the other hand,
will use the donations to help its scholars, and sell the other donations in
their Segunda Mana stores in exchange for cash. The proceeds of the sale will
be used to fund its projects to help not just students but also poor families
struggling because of COVID-19.
Stationery’s donations complement the active participation of SM Group in
providing relief to frontliners and communities impacted by the COVID-19
pandemic. SM Stationery, which offers a wide range of school and office
supply products, is now open in The SM Store branches in the Philippines.