Sea Adventure School off to a promising voyage

February 2015

Stairway’s new ship is back on the waves after a serious overhaul.  With a generous donation from Sonion Corporate Social Responsibility Fund, the Sea Adventure School (SAS) sails again. The SAS is aims at raising Environmental awareness among the local children and youth and teach them to responsible action for this town’s gorgeous bay and beaches in the Puerto Galera area.

The SAS program invites local high school students to spend a full day at sea and introduces them to the fascinating and fragile marine environment in three specific areas: the sea grass clusters, the mangrove forests and the coral reefs. All of which are in danger of destruction because of neglect and ignorance among tourists as well as local residents.  View images

De-licing campaign for Baclayan children

February 2015

As a part of the Stairway community health program in Baclayan, 6 Stairway volunteers and 2 local health workers have implemented a delousing campaign for students in the Baclayan school.

Since a couple of years Stairway has offered a bi-weekly medical clinic in the mountain village Baclayan, where we support the local school with a feeding program.  The health initiative is supported by our local friend, Dr. Francis, who volunteer his service at the clinic, which for the meantime is located in a room at the Stairway farm house.  The number of patients consulting the clinic on most of the days that we are there verify the need for first aid and medical attention to a  growing village population.  During our first years in Baclayan, before we introduced the clinic, we had several emergency calls, where we had to bring several children to the hospital for emergency intervention.  For the past 2 years we have had none, so it seems that being able to treat most ailments at an early stage usually prevents them from developing into major health issues, which can end up becoming life threatening.  View images

Online safety curriculum development in Stairway

February 2015

Part of Stairway’s child protection advocacy includes the aspect of Online (Internet) Child Protection.  

For years we have been reaching out to thousands of children and youth through trainings facilitated at numerous schools around the country.  Recognizing the urgency in reaching as many children as possible within the shortest possible time, the optimal approach is to include the topic into the school curriculum.

Safer Internet Day 2015

February 2015

The Philippine SID committee headed by Stairway Foundation, celebrated SID 2015 in the Philippines by conducting an Online Safety Caravan in Juan Sumulong High School, in Quezon City last February 10, 2015. Through Stairway’s Break the Silence campaign - a campaign for the prevention of child sexual abuse – the School Online Safety Caravan reached out to students with an Online Safety session, with the aim of equipping students themselves to pass on Online Safety messages to their fellow students.

Stairway 25th Anniversary

2015 means 25 years of Stairway!  Our 25th anniversary is a milestone in what has been an amazingly colorful journey that has taught us much about the beauty and the needs of some of the most marginalized and endangered children in our world.  A journey which at times has exposed us to some of the darkest sides of human doings, and which the next moment has restored a sense of balance by gratifying us with friendship and support from some of the most beautiful people we could possibly imagine.

Stairway's traditional Christmas play, One Wish, brings joy to many

January 2015

The Christmas holidays can be a difficult time for some of the boys in Stairway, but with all of the merriment and the hustle and bustle around the center most of them forget about their woes and focus their energies in preparing for Stairway’s traditional Christmas play, One Wish.

One Wish, is a farcical Christmas tale about an Elf named Elfie who is kicked out of the North Pole by Santa and the other elves for being too selfish.  Elfie learns the true meaning of Christmas by a bunch of street kids locked away in a detention center on Christmas Eve.

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Music rings in Christmas Day but not in the usual way

January 2015

On Christmas Day, Stairway boys were in for a big surprise when they opened three giant boxes filled with African djembe drums and other percussive instruments. 

Enough drums and percussive instruments for everyone to participate and to play, Anders, a Danish musician and teacher, led the children in a mesmerizing drum circle.  Following the drumming session, Jireh, a rising local jazz musician, presented her gift of an electric keyboard.  Jireh created heavenly music on the keyboard while she sang one of her original songs from her latest CD.

The African djembe drums were generously donated by Drums for School, a London-based group of music specialist who are motivated and passionate about making music-making accessible to everyone.

Jireh plans to attend Berklee School of Music later this year.

Thank you, Drums for Schools and Jireh for your inspiring and transforming gifts.

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First assembly of EACY club held in Stairway

January 2015

After less than half a year of child-to-child organizing in the local community and schools, the EACY Club (Environmental Awareness for Children and Youth Club) culminated the year end with the first ever combined General Assembly  and Christmas gathering held last December 20 at the Stairway Theater. 

Attended by 167 members from all over Puerto Galera -- from primary school scholars to some College members as well -- this event marks a momentous milestone towards the new project’s vision to foster “a community where children and youth unite to become active stewards and vanguards of the threatened environment.” 

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