We believe that with the right kind of support students and families can cycle out of the poverty trap, even if it takes generations. We have seen this after 18 years in this work. Education of the whole person is needed and this is why we put emphasis on youth activities based on Christian education alongside secular education. With an education, and exposure to new ideas and possibilities, people can break out of the poverty cycle. Through the support of donors and sponsors we provides assistance with the costs of schooling such as school fees and uniforms, etc. We also provide support by way of after school tutor classes in maths and English, and by creating extra-curricular activities for youth we connect them together as a community and provide the venue for learning critical social and other life skills.
DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES
Agdao is a district of Davao City. It was a notoriously dangerous area in the late 1980s. Today it is the home to many of the city poorest citizens many of whom are squatters. “Squatter Rights” exist when people have lived on vacant land for some time. In these areas housing generally looks like small wooden shacks which are connected together. Dirt or concreted pathways separate the small houses and lead out onto narrow concreted streets. There is very little sanitation.Oasis Family Ministries works with families well under the poverty threshold
AVERAGE INCOME IN DAVAO CITY
2150 pesos/($47 USD)/week/family
THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZED POVERTY LEVEL
1500 peso/($33 USD)/week/family
OASIS FAMILIES HAVE AN AVERAGE INCOME OF
1000 pesos/($22 USD)/week/family
For these families living is often precarious and school fees, or unexpected medical costs, etc can be an extreme burden. There is very little assistance available from the government. Unemployment in the city (population 1.5 million) is at about 10%. Among the more depressed areas, the effects of this are visible. Population growth is moving at 3.2% per annum. Schools are often overcrowded and resources are minimal. Oasis provides after school Math and English tutoring classes to help our students advance within the education system.