Forty more tablets and 10 smartphones will be given away by Malasakit Movement, a non-government organization (NGO) to underprivileged students.(Photo from the Malasakit Movement/ MANILA BULLETIN)
The 40 tablets and 10 smartphones were purchased by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, the founder of the Malasakit Movement.
Earlier, the Malasakit Movement said it received 50 tablets and 20 smartphones from generous donors, mostly entrepreneurs.
“I really want to help, that’s why I took some from my salary to purchase these educational gadgets. There are so many worthy students writing to the Letter of Hope program of the Malasakit Movement,” she said.
According to Pialago the additional gadgets courtesy of Letter of Hope is worth P200,000.
Malasakit Movement’s Letter of Hope program seeks to provide educational gadgets to underprivileged students to help them cope with the learning challenges in the time of pandemic.
To apply for the program, the NGO said students must send them a letter to the Malasakit Movement’s official Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/malasakitmovement/).
“They should write a letter sent to the Malasakit Movement’s official Facebook page. They should justify why they should receive the free gadgets we are giving away,” Pialago said.
Teachers of underprivileged students may also write to the NGO on behalf of their students who really need the gadgets the most, Pialago added.
“Teachers or concerned individuals may also ask on behalf of the underprivileged students whose families have no capability to purchase a gadget for their education under the new normal,” she said.
For well-meaning people who want to support the Letter of Hope program, Pialago said they may contact the Malasakit Movement at 09270243403.
“Anything you want to donate is welcome. Let us help each other during these trying times. We must be united in fighting this pandemic, we are stronger together,” she said.