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Get the gadget you need this schoolyear through Ayuda Pang Eskwela.

This private Facebook group raises funds to keep the less fortunate in school

By Noel B. Pabalate

Mommy Joy and her daughters is one of the many beneficiaries of Ayuda pang Eskwela Photo courtesy of DJ Rivera TV

Distance learning is kicking off in less than two weeks. Students, however, are still faced with the same problems-how to acquire enough money for enrollment and for the technology needed for the school year. Just as hundreds of jeepney drivers who have desperately turned to begging for loose coins outdoors in order to survive, some students have turned to social media for financial support since they can't go outside.

If you're among the unfortunate ones who weren't able to receive one of the more than 500 tablets Heart Evangelista gave away, fret not. Just go to Facebook and search for "second hand laptop for free." If unlucky, try "Ayuda Pang Eskwela."

Ayuda Pang Eskwela is a Facebook group, a network of friends who resort tobayanihaninaddressing the needs of students in the shift to distance learning.

Founder of Ayuda Pang Eskwela, Diane Reyes Photo from Diane Reyes Facebook

Diane Reyes created the group on Aug. 1 with the help of her friends, after she saw an avalanche of comments from various students desperate for financial aidtoa post made by an influencer. Prompted by that event, she began to research on online platforms where needy and the generous could connect and make this world a better place even in this pandemic.

Ayuda Pang Eskwela is a Facebook group, a network of friends whoresort to bayanihan in addressing the needs of students in the shift to distance learning.

So, if you're a student coming from the disadvantaged sectors of the country, at least 18 years old, Tiktoker or not, you're very welcome to join. If you're below 18, let your loving parents do the drama. On the other hand, the "crazy, rich Asian-esque"types like Manny Villar, Manny Pacquiao, or Manny Pangilinan are also encouraged to join as benefactors. By the way, you don't necessarily have to be named Manny and to be swimming in spare cash to participate. Those who want to help-a little or a lot-are also free to join.

19-year-old Daniel Fincalero buys laptop and wifi kit after receiving donations from Ayuda Pang Eskwela Photo courtesy of DJ Rivera TV

Once you've been approved as a member of the group, the admin has ways to get to know you, whether you are indeedin need of financial assistance or a laptop for schooling, not for DOTA. Your schooling needs will be determined and then you'll have to agree on a specific amountbefore you get to be included on the page post, which appears by batches. If you're lucky enough to get donors immediately and to enroll on time, congratulations! You get to have the laptop of your dreams, plus prepaid internet connection allowance. Just make sure you stick to the links your teachers will send you, okay?Don't dare watch KPL | Online Class on YouTube.

As of writing, the group has been able to gather P1,005,000 to support 229 students. They were able to do this because of the trust system they have established in the group. According to Diane, this is just to show that there many students who may need financial help, but more than this, there are also people who are very willing to help. "Filipinos are innately good, we don't leave each other behind," she says. So, if you have yet to enroll or buy what you need, don't lose hope. If you try hard enough, you may get to see your crushes, err, classes online this school year

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Author:Pabalate, Noel
Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:Aug 13, 2020
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