The Sixth Big Day

What can be more beautiful than 

natural green

and a sincere grin?

The Beneficiary

For the sixth distribution of the Pens of Hope in Davao, Bankas Elementary School was our school beneficiary. It is a small public school in Barangay Camansi, Toril, Davao City catering about 196 pupils. It can be reached within an hour from city proper through any four-wheeled vehicle. According to the school head, Mr. Jersam Bangcot, the school experiences many problems related to illegal settling, school maintenance and security. Unlike other neighboring institutions, this school and its adjacent high school receive less support from the barangay officials. Education is not their priority. But despite of this situation, it has survived for 50 years with the support of non-government organizations.

Majority of the families living in this community have an income between Php 2,000 - 6,000. Most of the residents are farmers, tenants, banana plantation workers and below minimum wage earners. This definitely affects the children's daily sustenance and education.

The Distribution

Last June 14 at 9:30 a.m., Mabelle, Dan and Kikit arrived at the school after a 30-minute ride on the bumpy road to the community. After a brief meeting with the school head, the writing materials were distributed in the classrooms. The volunteers didn't stay long with the kids to minimize disruption from their regular classes. They simply explained what the project is all about and who donated the writing materials.  

Though there wasn't a program like how we did in our previous big days, the curious glances and lovely smiles of the students were enough to let us know they are thankful that many people still care for them. 

very much for your continuous support for this project. 

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  1. hello,

    i would like to be a member of the pens of hope?


  2. hello! thanks for your interest to support our cause. please send me an email at so we can go into things further. thanks :)