Dear supporters of the School of Nations,
we would like to give you a short report about the current situation on site. Georg Wengert visited the school on 03.04.2023 and reported:
“The Covid pandemic has prevented me from visiting our school in Puerto Galera for over 3 years to personally see how the students, teachers, school administration and the school itself have survived the Covid disaster. It was a great joy for me to meet many of my acquaintances at the school safe and sound. After intermittent extended school closures and various attempts at “home schooling,” active attendance school operations are now back in full swing. After the end of the pandemic, the school started again with about 50 students. In the meantime, about 150 students are regularly attending classes again. The “school kitchen” area has also restarted vocational training in order to give the students the opportunity to find sustainable and qualified specialized jobs in the now slowly recovering hotel and tourism industry in the Philippines after graduation. Furthermore, the construction of an extension could be started in order to create living facilities for teachers and students as well as additional classrooms.
Completely surprisingly I could participate on 03.04.2023 in the specially for me repeated school celebration for the 19th anniversary. Although the Easter vacations had already begun on April 3, numerous students, teachers and the school administration came to the school to give me a heart-touching reception with uniquely beautiful singing and theatrical performances, during which I had tears of emotion in my eyes. With this reception and their performances, they all wanted to express their sincere and heartfelt gratitude not only to me, but to all our generous donors to our “School of Nations Stiftung e. V.”, who have made the ongoing financial support possible through their contributions for many years. With your generous donations you show that you are exceptionally empathetic people, “heart partners” of our school project and friends of the really poor children and people in the Philippines.
Meeting all these friendly people again at the school and being able to look into the shining eyes of the children was again an unforgettable experience for me. These encounters encourage one and make it clear why it is urgent to provide them with the help they need. They also make you forget the enormous effort and expenses as well as the personal attention. One simply has to support them and make sure that the school can continue to exist successfully. They all deserve that as much as we do. A very special thanks goes to the school management, the couple Cheryl Nepomuceno and John Kim, who in their all-surpassing and selfless charity of their Christian faith have made the school and the education of the children of the poorest of the poor their vocation and their primary purpose in life.
Here are a few more impressions of the celebration of the 19th anniversary of the school on 03.04.2023 in Puerto Galera, in which I was able to participate personally on site completely unexpectedly. I’m sure you all would have enjoyed that as well.