The idea and “light bulb moment” came up in a conversation between one of the team members and his Dad, while discussing challenges experienced by many Filipinos during typhoons.
The discussion started to focus on the fact that almost every time there is a major disaster like a flood in the Philippines the school kids (specially the less-fortunate ones living in flood and typhoon prone areas) end up losing all their school materials. And each and every time the response is seems to be more of a “reactive” instead of a “pro-active” one (yet another plea to people to donate money so that these kids can have school supplies once again). And as we know by now, this type of thing is going to continue happening — like a vicious circle.
The team member then exclaimed…”Then, why don’t they use plastic bags to cover their things to save it from getting wet and destroyed!”
Isn’t it is amazing how the insights of an 8 year-old can be make total sense, be simple, straightforward, practical and do-able.
No, because Hope Afloat is a newly initiated project by 5 students from MI School, which encourages its students to find ways to help others in a positive way. While we are at school, this will be our project.
Dry bags are made of waterproof material. They are used to keep things dry, originally used by water sports enthusiasts. Aside from keeping things dry, they are meant to be easy to open, stuff with things and close securely. Some come with a carrying strap that makes it easy for people to carry around. Depending on the bag’s weight after stuffing, it may be able to float in water.
Each bag will contain pencils, ballpens, pad paper, notebook refill and a box of crayons
Each Hope Afloat kit includes a 10-liter dry bag and some basic school supplies like pencils, ball pens, notebooks and pad paper. It costs approximately US$ 10.00.
Thank you for the interest in being a volunteer; but Hope Afloat does not have any volunteer opportunities at this time. Please leave us a note through the Contact Us form, so we can stay in touch and let you know when we are ready for volunteers.
Yes we do. We will gratefully accept school supplies such as pencils (#2lead), ballpens, pad paper for Intermediate and Primary Grades, boxes of crayons and notebook refills.
We appreciate monetary donations because it will help us purchase bags, schools supplies and food sale ingredients. You may approach any of the Hope Afloat team members or our parents to give your cash or cheque donations. We can also accept donations via a deposit to any BDO branch in the Philippines. Please Contact Us for more information.
Contributions to support Hope Afloat may be done via an online donation facility on our website.
Please use the Donate Online links on the Support Us page to make secure online donations.
We can also accept donations via a deposit to any BDO branch in the Philippines. Please contact us for more information.
No, they will not be tax deductible, because we are not yet an officially registered non-profit or Non-Governmental Organization. One day, we may be!
It will be continued beyond school year 2013-14, because project sustainability is an important part of our plan.
This goal for this first gift giving activity is 47 Dry Bag Kits. If we are able to raise more money we really hope to be able to have additional activities and distribute more Dry Bag Kits to more beneficiaries.
Yes they are! We took extra care to make sure that the dry bags we are distributing are good quality and sturdy bags (we know that kids can sometimes be rough with their stuff). We were able to source these from the friend of the mom of one of our team members. In fact, our local supplier even gave us a really big discount since she knew it was for a great cause! This also means that we have a better chance of reaching more beneficiaries.
Yes. Through the help of the mom of our team mates, we have found a community organization that helped identify the children who will be able to make good use of Hope Afloat gifts and ultimately be the initial beneficiaries. We also asked each one to fill-up a survey form so that we could get to know them a bit more.
One of us is “Number Smart” and is responsible for counting money received. Each one of us is learning to be responsible, and you can be assured that the work we do is supervised by our parents and teachers too.
We will write a project report and take pictures to document the gift-giving activity. We will share this report on the website, to our teachers and school community and all our supporters!
Yes we can. However, any donations made by companies cannot be tax deductible because Hope Afloat is not yet an official non-profit / NGO.
We have not yet finalized the exact date yet for the actual distribution of the Dry bag Kits. However, our target for our initial distribution activity is early March 2014.
We raise monetary support by selling our cookies. We will also have a food sale at school. Another fundraising idea we have will be to sell Hope Afloat T-Shirts.
Thank you for your kind offer, but we are sorry we cannot receive in-kind donations from outside the Philippines, just yet. ** Unless one of our team member’s parents offer to collect these from the US and send it back in a box! :-)
Support us and help us to provide school children in a flood-prone area with an extra set of school supplies and a special water-proof dry bag to keep their things safe and dry. It costs approximately US$10.00 to provide one (1) beneficiary with a Hope Afloat dry bag kit.