AFFLIP NEWSLETTERS 2012 - 2020

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CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

A warm welcome to the final AFFLIP newsletter for 2020 and what a year it has been! When I had the privilege of moving into the Chair’s role in December 2019 we certainly did not foresee the events of the next 12 months

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THE CORONA VIRUS IMPACT

Over the last six months many members and supporters of AFFLIP have enquired about the welfare and safety of our colleagues and friends working in the Talomo schools.

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THREE AFFLIP CHAMPION SUPPORTERS

In this edition of the newsletter we take a moment to focus on AFFLIP’s Scholarships Program and asked some of our members to reflect on their involvement as sponsors. We reached out to Steve and Helyn Southwood and the Maitland Rotary Club of South Australia, Carol Pearce and the Zonta Club of Adelaide Torrens and Janice Inducil, Kandila Company to tell us a little about why they have made a commitment to support at risk students.

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STUDENTS PROSPERING FROM OUTDOOR LEARNING IN TALOMO DISTRICT, PHILIPPINES

The Outdoor Learning through the Environment Project (OLEP) is gaining local and national recognition in the Philippines. Mabini Elementary School's OLEP program was featured on ABS CBN television in February. The school had been a national winner in research, showcasing OLEP and agriculture projects, including learning materials. A teacher from Mabini Elementary School, Sheila Sison, has been posting to other teachers showing her work in using OLEP in Maths.

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DR JOVITO S. FRANCISCO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINS BEST READING PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

The AFFLIP Board recently received news that Dr Jovito S. Francisco Elementary School won the district competition for the best implementation of a plan to improve reading. The school has called its plan ‘Jovito CARES’ (Come and Read Every day with a Smile). Under the leadership of the principal, Mr Allan Rivera, and with excellent support from his staff, the school has planned and implemented a scheme to improve children’s reading, which is already showing results. Children have become more inclined to read as they utilize the different reading materials and venues provided for them to enjoy.

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WHAT TUMULTUOUS TIMES WE LIVE IN! WE HAVE ENTERED INTO UNCHARTED TERRITORY WITH THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID_19) PANDEMIC AND RECOGNISE THAT THIS IS A CHALLENGING TIME FOR ALL OF US.

We have watched the closing of schools in Talomo District on March 17 and are very concerned about the health and wellbeing of the administrators, teachers, students and their families and are staying in close contact with them - our intention during this time is to continue to communicate and further develop funding proposals for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Future newsletters will contain more details of this planning.

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THE FILIPINO-AUSTRALIA NURSES AND CARERS ASSOCIATION

Newsletter 16, December 2019

Representatives from the Filipino Australian Nurses and Carers Association (FANCA) met with Roger Saunders AFFLIP's Scholarship Coordinator to present a cheque for $3600 to support twelve underprivileged children for 3 years.

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AFFLIP MEMBERS PROVIDE $100 SCHOLARSHIPS TO DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS

Our goal is to keep children at school and ensure they have the best educational opportunities available to them.

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LOCAL NON-PROFIT MAKES A SPLASH WITH SUMMER FUNDRAISER

Mabuhay! With your help AFFLIP is making a difference. It is eight years since a small group of educators led by Alan Reid and Alastair Douglas came together to create a not for profit charity committed to making a difference to the lives of the 20,000 students attending Elementary (Primary) Schools in Talomo District Davao City, Mindanao in the Southern Philippines. Today we have 374 members committed to supporting the five flagship programs.

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ACCOUNTABILITY AND GOVERNANCE

On Thursday, December 13th AFFLIP held its Annual General Meeting for the 2017 - 2018 year – the seventh year of AFFLIP’s life. The Annual report was presented and is now available to download from the AFFLIP website.

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THANK YOU ROTARY CLUB OF MAITLAND

Since 2012 the Maitland Rotary Club has provided $16,500 to support a range of AFFLIP Health and Nutrition programs.

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AFFLIP SCHOOLS LEARNING NETWORK VISIT TO SA

Earlier this year AFN Solutions donated $10,000 to AFFLIP and this has made it possible to once again welcome 10 educators from 5 of the Network schools in Davao.  They will visit Adelaide from 22nd October to 1st November.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

The fundraising and events team led by Caroline Green with support from Karen Church and Liz Reid were responsible for two very successful fundraising events earlier this year. The Dinner Dance and Film Evening contributed $20,000 to our 2017-2018 fundraising drive.

Supporters and sponsors include AFN Solutions, Clare Valley Winemakers, Philippine Consulate of SA and SMEC Corporation.

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FIVE YEARS ON!

This newsletter outlines the visit by 10 Talomo educators as part of the Schools Learning Network in late 2016, the annual evaluation visit to Talomo District (Feb 2017) and the well-attended Dinner Dance (Feb 2017).

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INTRODUCING A. BONIFACIO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Newsletter 8, April 2016

A Bonifacio Elementary School has 1068 students in Years R-6. This newsletter outlines the enormous amount of work undertaken by Ronald Mangmang (principal) and his staff across Health and Nutrition, Schools Learning Network, Scholarships, Professional Development Literacy and the Outdoor Learning program being piloted at the school.

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2015 HAS BEEN A REMARKABLE YEAR FOR AFFLIP!

Newsletter 7, December 2015

It began with the usual review and evaluation trip to the Talomo District in February during which time it became increasingly apparent that our programs are having a significant impact on the learning of the 20,000 students in our 15 schools. The year then continued with another successful fundraising Cocktail Party in March; and was followed in April by planning and budgeting for our six flagship programs for the financial year 2015 /16.  We also welcomed three senior educators from A Bonifacio Elementary School here to investigate outdoor learning programs across a number of South Australian schools.

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HON. JULIA GILLARD WILL PRESENT THE INAUGURAL AFFLIP LECTURE ON AUGUST 25TH AND DI HARRIS MEMORIAL FUND PILOTS OUTDOOR LEARNING INITIATIVE.

Newsletter 6, May 2015

In other news AFFLIP provides 90 scholarships to disadvantaged students and the Schools Learning Network establishes links between ten South Australian and Talomo District schools.

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AFFLIP BOARD MEMBERS TRAVEL TO TALOMO DISTRICT AND WONDERFUL RESOURCES PROVIDED TO 15 SCHOOLS.

Newsletter 5, July 2014

AFFLIP is now a Board of 14 talented and committed educators, two high profile Patrons in Greg Crafter and Stephen Baker, 150 members, and are now approaching 60 sponsors for our scholarship program.

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AFFLIP HAS BEEN OPERATING FOR TWO YEARS!

Newsletter 4, December 2013

AFFLIP aims to make a contribution to
the education of young Filipinos living in some of the poorest areas of the Asia-Pacific Region. We are currently working with 15 schools based in Davao City, Mindanao, in the Southern Philippines.

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AFFLIP IS IN ITS SECOND YEAR OF OPERATION!

AFFLIP’s Philosophy underpins our approach to working in the Philippines. The Foundation and the schools in the Philippines are collaborating partners.

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OFFICIAL LAUNCH AND VISIT TO THE PHILIPPINES BY ALASTAIR DOUGLAS

AFFLIP launch planned for February 2013 will showcase flagship programs established over the past six months.

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GREETINGS MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF AFFLIP!

This is our first official Newsletter since the formation of AFFLIP and our first Board Meeting in January this year. As a Board, we want to tell you about our progress with programs and activities, thank you for your interest, and encourage you to be involved.

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