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FAMILY FUNDING - REBUILDING CHEEY HIGH SCHOOL
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This is an appeal for help and assistance to rebuild the devastated Cheey National High School in Busuanga, Palawan from the Typhoon Haiyan that ripped through the Phillipines early November 2013. We need to raise $20,000 to rebuild.

FAMILY FUNDING  - AN APPEAL TO HELP REBUILD CHEEY HIGH SCHOOL, PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES

This is an appeal for help and assistance to rebuild the devastated Cheey National High School in Busuanga, Palawan from the Typhoon Haiyan that ripped through the Phillipines early November 2013. We need to raise $20,000 to rebuild ONE class room so the children and teachers have a base to work from. 

 The aim is about getting poor kids in a remote part of the Philippines back to school. These kids will remain uneducated unless we can get direct help to them.  It will be years before this sort of infrastructure will be rebuilt. These kids and their needs are so far down the “AID” pecking order in a disaster of this scale.
  
Busuanga was the last of the six Philippine islands whacked by the typhoon, with wind speeds of over 300km decimating most structures.  The landscape used to be lush, now it is denuded.  

WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT:

For the last few years a close family member, Greg Hutchinson, has been running ecologically based kayak tours in this remote part of the Philippines. He has built modest “local style” structures for his guests to stay in, using local people to construct them.  And more local people are employed to help him run the tours.  He is a vital employer in the region.  He has been using funds from every booking to help build THIS school for the local kids.  He recently had a campaign to get children from remote rural communities some pushbikes to get to THIS school.

Greg also organised the construction of trails for them to ride on, for although they were eager to attend, the distances they had to travel on foot were daunting.

  
He has lost his own properties, but is much more distressed to see the children losing this opportunity to gain an education because they have NO school.  He is adamant that he will rebuild and continue his business so his staff will have continuing income.  But he can't help to rebuild the school without our help.

If you are touched by this, will you help us raise the money to rebuild this school?  If we can get together $20,000 we can rebuild ONE class room so the children and teachers have a base to work from.  The school had five classrooms, but baby steps needed here.

HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED:

The funds will be used to reconstruct one badly damaged classroom to proper building standards, able to withstand weather events, and we will make it ready for computers to be used for the first time.  This is a high school that did not even have ONE computer, and  if we can achieve this then pupils can access recognised international learning programs.  

We want to make their education facilities BETTER that before.  Also we are separately collecting good used computers donated by Australian Businesses who are upgrading their hardware.  They are being cleaned up by a friend with an IT business in Sydney, he is kindly volunteering his time to do this.  We are storing them already so they can be shipped in one lot after the building has been constructed.  Greg will supervise the rebuilding and authorise expenditures for labour and materials. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP:

The esteemed Australian journalist, George Negus, has offered to be the patron of our appeal.  He knows of Greg’s work, and sees this as an opportunity to get help QUICKLY to these kids, and maybe, in a perfect world, to the thousands and thousands of other children in the same boat, if this campaign could get momentum.

We ask for your trust in us that funds you donate will go directly to the school project. Greg will oversee the rebuilding.  It is not a complicated job.  It can be done quickly if money is available for materials and to pay for skilled local labour.  You can be assured every cent we raise will be used responsibly.  

This is URGENT.  We appreciate your HELP!
Sincerely, 

Jan Malcolm & Family (Sister of Greg Hutchinson)

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