International School Manila

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Call for Relief

Super Typhoon Yolanda

We are calling on our community members to donate to aid efforts for those affected by the recent typhoon. Donations will be used to bring much-needed relief to the people of Visayas severely affected by the super typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan). The super typhoon left massive destruction in its wake, with 12 to 15 feet high storm surges, landslides, and flooding. Over 4 million Filipinos have been directly affected, with many left homeless and in urgent need of food, water, and basic supplies.

Aid agencies are overstretched as they continue to respond to the recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake, also in the Visayas region, as well as the armed conflict in Zamboanga.

You can help through ISM"s Disaster Relief Fund. 


1) Donate via wire transfer to the school (Note: Please indicate that donation is for "Disaster Relief Fund".)

BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS  
Account Name: International School Manila

Account No.:

US$ S/A 3074-0241-48

Php S/A 3073-3730-25

Bank Address: Bel-Air Polaris Branch, Makati City, Philippines
Swift Code:  BOPIPHMM


2) Write a check payable to "International School Manila". Please note on the check or on a separate paper that it is for the "Disaster Relief Fund". You may drop off your check at the ISM Cashier.

 

Maraming salamat!

 

Relief Updates

Yolanda Relief Update #1 - November 26, 2013

Dear ISM Community Members,

The outpouring of support for the victims of super typhoon Haiyan has been astounding. We are taking this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to everyone that has offered their support, whether in direct cash donations through the ISM Disaster Relief Fund, direct donations to UNICEF Philippines or through the in kind donations on Family Fun Day. 

Our community, including our Alumni network, both locally and abroad has shown solidarity in our commitment to assist those devastated by the storm.

To date ISM has been able to donate USD $20,000 to Unicef’s efforts to respond to the immediate needs of families, particularly children. Please join us on Thursday, November 28th at 2:00PM in the Lofthouse, to hear directly from UNICEF as we have invited a representative to explain their relief efforts on the ground in the ravaged areas. If you cannot attend the discussion please see the links below for information regarding some of the work UNICEF is doing.  

Through your generosity ISM has been able to assist staff members that have been directly affected by Haiyan. Criselda Lanirez, a security marshal on campus, had to wait ten excruciatingly long days before she received word that her two daughters survived the storm. Our ISM Security Office assisted in her travel to Estancia, Iloilo. As of November 19th, Criselda was finally reunited with her children and the family is now in Manila together. 

Your support of the ISM Disaster Relief Fund made this reunion and relocation possible!

The International School community has also taken action in offering their support. The IASAS Schools have been working closely with our ISSBA Council and their efforts have raised international awareness, immediate relief funds and both students and faculty are in discussions regarding how our community will be of assistance in the long-term. 

Please follow the relief updates through our High School on-line publication the Bamboo Telegraph here.

To date we would like to thank the following schools for reaching out in support of relief efforts: 


ACS Cobham
American International School – Riyadh
American School London
Greengates School, Mexico
International School of Amsterdam British International School NY
International  School Bangkok
International School Bucharest
International School of the Hague
International School Jakarta
International School Kuala Lumpur
International School Madrid
International School Prague
San Silvestre School
Singapore American School
Taipei American School
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
The British School of Caracas
The English School, Bogota

Yolanda Relief Updates #2 - December 10, 2013

Dear ISM Community Members and Friends around the World,

Your generosity combined with the support from around the globe has been tremendous for the families directly affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Thank you for your continued support of ISM’s Disaster Relief Fund.

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the donations received and dispersed to date, as well as the next steps for our School to help.

Our immediate donations to UNICEF totaled USD 20,000 while the ISM Disaster Relief Fund has garnered USD 69,186.40 in donations to date. Your contributions also assisted in ISM being able to help over twenty immediate staff members that had family members affected by the storm. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Ricky Espadero whose father and niece were killed in the storm.

Our Parent Teacher Association has worked tirelessly to keep the momentum going as well. We have sent four truckloads of relief goods to date through their efforts. Thank you to the following ISM student clubs and teams that have also contributed cash donations:

Philippine Cultural Club: USD 4,017
National Honor Society: USD 2,287
Battle of the Bands: USD 457
American Cultural Club: USD 298
Korean Cultural Club: USD 160
Varsity Touch Rugby/ Tackle Rugby Team: USD 120

With the significant contributions sent to us, we will be making the move from immediate relief efforts to rebuilding efforts, estimated to take up to five years. In line with our Service Learning goals, we are looking into partnerships that will be sustainable and effective. This week ISM representatives traveled to Roxas City in Capiz province. Hosted by UNICEF, we had the opportunity to be briefed at the Humanitarian Operations Center.  We also had the chance to travel to the northern part of the province of Iloilo to the town of Estancia. There we touched base with Ayala Foundation members and the local government. Mayor Rene Cordero and his staff assisted on the ground and our team was able to assess the damage and needs firsthand. We are currently looking to assist in rebuilding a public elementary school that services 3,000 children and supporting livelihood programs for their parents. As soon as the specifics are available we will be sharing the information with our community.

We have been inspired by the number of communities that have reached out to IS Manila in support of the typhoon victims. Literally from across the globe, schools in South and Central America raised tremendous amounts. The English School of Bogota raised USD 15,000 for UNICEF and USD 15,000 for ISM’s Disaster Relief fund; The British School of Caracas, with the help of a former ISM faculty member, raised USD 7,500 through a casual dress day to show solidarity; in Mexico City at the Greengates School, the community raised just over USD 8000! The American International School in Venezuela held a potluck Asian dinner for faculty and contributed USD 400. Closer to home, the United World College of South East Asia had a “Focus on the Philippines” day where students wore Philippine flag colors and organized support stalls raising nearly USD 16,000. The Hong Kong Academy, which also has former administrators an faculty members on staff, generously donated USD 16,000 and counting.

Taipei American School students, teachers and parents set up donation booths and food sales as well as channeled proceeds from the holiday production, “Radio Redux:  A Christmas Carol” to relief efforts;  to date they have raised USD 15,217. In addition, International School of Madrid students organized bake sales as well as a non-uniform day to show solidarity and support.  Meanwhile, as part of their Math unit, Grade 3 students of the American School London have been collecting and counting coins, which they donated to UNICEF, while Grade 4 students have created bookmarks to give as thank you tokens to all those who donated.

Truly, schools and organizations worldwide have reached out and supported, in their own ways, to relief efforts:

The English School of Bogota, Colombia: USD 30,000
Hong Kong Academy: USD 16,000
United World College of South East Asia: USD 15,947
Taipei American School: USD 15,217
Greengates School, Mexico City: USD 8,141
The British School of Caracas: USD 7,500
San Silvestre School: USD 6,400
International School of Madrid: USD 5,943
Kotobuki Corporation: USD 5,000
The International Educator: USD 1,250
Principal's Training Center: USD 1,250
The American International School (Escuela Campo Alegre) Caracas: USD 400
Jakarta International School: USD 364
International School of Bangkok: USD 346
UNESCO Club-Global City: USD 275

 

American International School Bucharest, Romania
American International School – Riyadh
American Overseas School of Rome
American School of Budapest
American School London
British International School NY
International School of Amsterdam
International School of the Hague
International School Kuala Lumpur
International School Prague
Singapore American School
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore

 

Even some of our youngest alumni have stepped up by holding clothing drives and online campaigns to raise money and awareness for the disaster.  A group of students, including Kimi Rodriguez '11 and Moonie Sohn '13, set up donation boxes in dining halls and student lounges at NYU-Abu Dhabi, and gave out ribbons inspired by the Philippine flag to people who donated. A benefit concert, "Harana" (Serenade), culminated the fundraising efforts where students and the Filipino dining hall staff commemorated the Filipino spirit amidst the impact of the typhoon through songs and live poetry. Occidental students, including Laura Lehmann '12, organized clothing drives, sweatshirt sales, and a benefit dinner. In just five days, USD 2,585 was raised in addition to heaps of clothing, shoes and water collected.

Yolanda Relief Update #3 - December 17, 2013

Dear ISM Community Members and Friends around the World,

Your continued support of the IS Manila Disaster Relief Fund has been truly amazing. In the week since our last update, more schools, clubs and organizations have responded to the call to assist in rebuilding and rehabilitating areas devastated by the super typhoon. Your donations have been directed to UNICEF as requested or have been added to ISM’s Disaster Relief Fund.

As reported in our second update, IS Manila has been collaborating on the ground with the Ayala Foundation, specifically in the town of Estancia located in the northern part of the province of Iloilo. The town of Estancia was one of the towns hit head-on by Yolanda.

To date we have confirmed reconstruction and the redesign of seven classrooms that were completely destroyed on the campus of Estancia Central School, an Elementary School serving 3000 students! Our hope is to be able to rebuild all of the classrooms, upgrade the school infrastructure and the quality of educational resources. Below is an aerial view of the campus as well as the damage visible in the classrooms.



In January, a select delegation of ISM students, faculty and administration will visit site to check on the progress of the project. In line with our Service Learning goals, more of our students, when the time is right, will be visiting the site and will have the opportunity to rebuild alongside the community members of Central School. Your donations have helped make this project possible.

For donors who have given generously to UNICEF, we have attached a UNICEF report highlighting the focus of their efforts. The combined efforts of the ISM Community and through friends from around the globe we have been able to donate just under $80,000 directly to UNICEF.

Once again we wanted to thank all of the schools, organizations and the communities around the world that have supported the efforts through ISM. At the International School of Bahamas, students banded together for a bake sale that raised USD 2,000 alone. Meanwhile, at Vienna International School, a Grade 2 student, out of his own accord, set about creating and selling Christmas cards at the night markets to pitch in with the fundraising efforts. It is these unique contributions, big and small, that have made the worldwide relief efforts truly meaningful.

Thank you to the following ISM student clubs, sports teams and groups that have contributed cash donations:

Philippine Cultural Club: USD 4,017
National Honor Society: USD 2,287
Battle of the Bands: USD 573
Tri-M Music Honor Society: USD 352
Chinese Cultural Club: USD 340
American Cultural Club: USD 298
Music Madness Class: USD 199
SPECS-TECC Club: USD 189
Korean Cultural Club: USD 160
Varsity Touch Rugby/ Tackle Rugby Team: USD 120
HS Environment Council: USD 45
Thai Parent Group: USD 40


Friends from around the world:


The English School of Bogota, Colombia: USD 34,441
American British Academy (Muscat, Oman):  USD 22,000
Nido de Aguilas International School of Chile: USD 20,000
Vienna International School: USD 10,500
Hong Kong Academy: USD 16,000
United World College of South East Asia: USD 15,947
Taipei American School: USD 15,217
Jakarta International School: USD 15,000
Greengates School, Mexico City: USD 8,141
The British School of Caracas: USD 7,500
San Silvestre School: USD 6,400
International School of Madrid: USD 5,943
Kotobuki Corporation: USD 5,000
Tompkins Trust Company: USD 4,980.00
Somersfield Academy:  USD 2,500
St. Andrew's School (The International School of the Bahamas):  USD 2,000
Global Jaya International School: USD 2,010
The International Educator: USD 1,250
Principal's Training Center: USD 1,250
Search Associates USD 1,000.00
Bandung International School: USD 485
Brennan LLP USD 480.00
The American International School (Escuela Campo Alegre) in Caracas: USD 400
International School of Bangkok: USD 346
UNESCO Club-Global City: USD 275


American International School Bucharest, Romania
American International School – Riyadh
American Overseas School of Rome
American School of Budapest
American School London
British International School NY
International School of Amsterdam
International School of the Hague
International School Kuala Lumpur
International School Prague
Singapore American School
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
Universal American School (in Dubai, UAE)



Sincerely,

ISM Service and Environmental Committee

Yolanda Relief Update #4 - January 18, 2014

Dear ISM Community Members and Friends around the World,

Thank you for your continued support of IS Manila’s rebuilding efforts in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Since December 23, reconstruction at Estancia Central School in Iloilo has been in steady progress. As previously mentioned, Central School services 3,000 children in the local community that was directly hit by the typhoon.The donations to date cover three main buildings that house ten classrooms. As shown in the School Site Development Plan below, there are 25 more buildings that need reconstruction. The amount needed to complete the rebuilding of the entire school is USD 800,000.

A delegation of ISM faculty, administrators and students will be travelling to Estancia in the third week of February for an ocular update. To date, a total of just over USD 70,000 has been donated to Ayala Foundation. Recently, a movie premiere, The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, was held on campus, adding just over USD 1,000 to the reconstruction efforts. We are thankful for the unwavering support from community members and friends around the world as we continue rebuilding Central School.  Photos taken last January 2 show significant progress in the rebuilding project.

Thank you to the following ISM student clubs, sports teams and groups that have contributed cash donations: 

Philippine Cultural Club: USD 4,017
Japanese Cultural Club: USD 2,686 
National Honor Society: USD 2,287
Battle of the Bands: USD 573
Care for Kanlungan Club: USD 446
SPECS-TECC Club: USD 422
Tri-M Music Honor Society: USD 352
Chinese Cultural Club: USD 340
American Cultural Club: USD 298
Music Madness Class: USD 199
Korean Cultural Club: USD 160
Varsity Touch Rugby/ Tackle Rugby Team: USD 120
HS Environment Council: USD 45
Thai Parent Group: USD 40

Friends from around the world:

Schools across Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Mexico raised USD 34,441 through the initiative organized by The English School of Bogota, Colombia --

The English School- Bogota (Fundacion Educativa de Inglaterra): USD 3,454
Gimnasio del Norte: USD 1,891
Colegio Colombo Gales: USD 1,658
Ciedie: USD 1,169
Colegio Gran Bretaña: USD 1,899 
Colegio Marymount: USD 675
Colegio Tilata: USD 570
Colegio Santa Francisca Romana: USD 1,741
Colegio Colombo Britanico Cali: USD 2,165
Colegio Britanico de Cali: USD 542
Gimnasio Femenino: USD 1,712
Colegio Anglo Colombiano: USD 1,956
Colegio Buckingham: USD 1,299
Colegio Albania: USD 355
Colegio Abraham Lincoln: USD 2,550
British International School- Barranquilla: USD 1,192
Colegio Nueva Granada: USD 839
British School- Quito, Ecuador: USD 519
San Silvestre School: USD 6,281
The British School of Caracas: USD 1,083
Fleming College: USD 615
Instituto Bilingüe Victoria: USD 456

American British Academy (Muscat, Oman): USD 22,000
Nido de Aguilas International School of Chile: USD 20,000
Vienna International School: USD 10,500
Hong Kong Academy: USD 16,000
United World College of South East Asia: USD 15,751
Taipei American School: USD 15,217
Jakarta International School: USD 10,837 
Greengates School, Mexico City: USD 8,141
The British School of Caracas: USD 7,500
American School of Moscow: USD 6,000
International School of Madrid: USD 5,943
Saigon South International School: USD 5,543
Kotobuki Corporation: USD 5,000
Tompkins Trust Company: USD 4,980
International School of Amsterdam: USD 3,108
Somersfield Academy: USD 2,503
International School of Stuttgart: USD 2,021
Global Jaya International School: USD 2,010
St. Andrew's School (The International School of the Bahamas): USD 2,000
The International Educator: USD 1,250
Principal's Training Center: USD 1,250
American School of Budapest: USD 1,186
Search Associates USD 1,000
Leysin American School in Switzerland: USD 878
Bandung International School: USD 485
Brennan LLP: USD 480
The American International School (Escuela Campo Alegre) in Caracas: USD 400
International School of Bangkok: USD 346
UNESCO Club-Global City: USD 275

American International School Bucharest, Romania
American International School – Riyadh
American Overseas School of Rome
American School London
British International School NY
International School of the Hague
International School Kuala Lumpur
International School Prague
Singapore American School
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
Universal American School (in Dubai, UAE)


Sincerely,

ISM Service and Environmental Committee

Yolanda Relief Update #5 - March 24, 2014

Dear ISM Community Members and Friends around the World,

While it has been five months since Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated much of Central Philippines, an incredible outpouring of support continues to come from all corners of the globe. Last February 15th, a delegation of ISM students and administrators traveled to typhoon-stricken areas, including Estancia Central School, which is currently being rebuilt through the generosity of friends from all over the world. The rebuilding of the school will benefit 3000 children who attend, and the intention is to turn the school into a great learning environment as well as a place of refuge in the event of another storm.

Our ISM delegation captured the rebuilding efforts of the school as well as stories of survivors. Please follow the links below to access the efforts of our community to assist those in need. What better way to see your contributions at work than from the perspective of our ISM students:

To watch the mini-documentary shot by our students, please click here.

On behalf of the entire ISM community, we would like to extend our thanks to friends worldwide who continue to support this worthwhile cause.

Thank you to the following ISM student clubs, sports teams and groups that have contributed cash donations:

Band Aid Fund: USD 8,173
Philippine Cultural Club: USD 4,017
Japanese Cultural Club: USD 2,686 
National Honor Society: USD 2,287
Proceeds from The Adventurer screening: USD 1,042
Battle of the Bands: USD 573
Tri-M Music Honor Society and Gr. 5-6 Concerts: USD 536
Care for Kanlungan Club: USD 446
SPECS-TECC Club: USD 510
Chinese Cultural Club: USD 340
American Cultural Club: USD 298
Music Madness Class: USD 199
Korean Cultural Club: USD 209
Varsity Touch Rugby/ Tackle Rugby Team: USD 120
Facilities Department: USD 112
HS Environment Council: USD 45
Thai Parent Group: USD 40


Friends from around the world:

Schools across Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Mexico raised USD 34,441 through the initiative organized by The English School of Bogota, Colombia:

The English School- Bogota (Fundacion Educativa de Inglaterra): USD 3,454
Gimnasio del Norte: USD 1,891
Colegio Colombo Gales: USD 1,658
Ciedie: USD 1,169
Colegio Gran Bretaña: USD 1,899 
Colegio Marymount: USD 675
Colegio Tilata: USD 570
Colegio Santa Francisca Romana: USD 1,741
Colegio Colombo Britanico Cali: USD 2,165
Colegio Britanico de Cali: USD 542
Gimnasio Femenino: USD 1,712
Colegio Anglo Colombiano: USD 1,956
Colegio Buckingham: USD 1,299
Colegio Albania: USD 355
Colegio Abraham Lincoln: USD 2,550
British International School- Barranquilla: USD 1,192
Colegio Nueva Granada: USD 839
British School- Quito, Ecuador: USD 519
San Silvestre School: USD 6,281
The British School of Caracas: USD 1,083
Fleming College: USD 615
Instituto Bilingüe Victoria: USD 456

American British Academy (Muscat, Oman): USD 22,000
Nido de Aguilas International School of Chile: USD 21,000
Vienna International School: USD 10,500
Hong Kong Academy: USD 16,000
United World College of South East Asia: USD 15,751
Taipei American School: USD 15,217
Jakarta International School: USD 10,837 
Greengates School, Mexico City: USD 8,141
The British School of Caracas: USD 7,500
American School of Moscow: USD 6,000
International School of Madrid: USD 5,943
Saigon South International School: USD 5,543
Kotobuki Corporation: USD 5,000
Tompkins Trust Company: USD 4,980
International School of Amsterdam: USD 3,108
Bermuda High School for Girls USD 2,509
Somersfield Academy: USD 2,503
International School of Stuttgart: USD 2,021
Global Jaya International School: USD 2,010
St. Andrew's School (The International School of the Bahamas): USD 2,000
International School of Uganda USD 1,783
The International Educator: USD 1,250
Principal's Training Center: USD 1,250
American School of Budapest: USD 1,186
Search Associates USD 1,000
Leysin American School in Switzerland: USD 878
Bandung International School: USD 485
Brennan LLP USD 480
The American International School (Escuela Campo Alegre) in Caracas: USD 400
International School of Bangkok: USD 346
UNESCO Club-Global City: USD 275

American International School Bucharest, Romania
American International School – Riyadh
American Overseas School of Rome
American School London
British International School NY
International School of the Hague
International School Kuala Lumpur
International School Prague
Singapore American School
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
Universal American School (in Dubai, UAE)
MEF International School (in Istanbul, Turkey)
Beijing BISS International School
International School Ho Chi Minh City
International School of Bremen (in Germany)

Yolanda Relief Update #6 - May 21, 2014

Dear ISM Community Members and Friends around the World,

We are extremely happy to report that the ten classrooms at the Central Estancia Elementary School have been completed. On May 13, 2014 a small ceremony was held in one of the large bright classrooms in the newly renovated building that may also serve as an evacuation center should the need arise. In attendance were members from the local government, Hon. Mayor Rene Cordero, and from the Department of Education, Dr. Jerlie M. Fecundo, alongside Ayala Land Foundation representative Ms. Joy Grace Sanciang with Estancia Central School Principal Dr. Gerry J. Tingson, ISM Superintendent, David Toze, Director of Operations and Security, Mike Flynn, Service Learning Coordinator, Neil H. Woods and the Director of Admissions and Advancement, Stephanie H. Hagedorn. 

 

Guests were treated to two performances by the incoming Grade 2 classes and their teachers for school year 2014-2015, which will commence in June. Parents in attendance expressed their deep gratitude for all those that made contributions to support the reconstruction. A plaque in recognition of all those who have donated through ISM now hangs prominently at the entrance of the main building.

Despite this progress, the Central School is far from being back to normal. There are many classrooms that remain unsafe and in disrepair. The one area where ISM and the Principal of Estancia feel needs attention is the Auditorium/Gymnasium, which, as the photos below show, is still in a state of ruin. 

 

This area serves as the sports facility for the students but is the one shaded area that can accommodate families for graduation ceremonies and school productions. It is our aim to rebuild this structure to serve the curricular, co-curricular and community needs of the school.

Our Service Learning program aims to empower students to address issues of real importance at both local and global levels. As an integral part of ISM’s Mission, sustainability lies at the core of our school's vision. Keeping this in mind, it is our intention to forge a lasting relationship with our students and those that attend the Central School, which serves over 3000+ Elementary children. In school year 2014-2015, ISM celebrates 95 years of service, and we hope to make our contribution to Estancia Central School a special part of our celebration.

Service Learning and Environment Commitee Update #7 - December 17, 2014

Dear ISM Community Members and Friends around the World,

On November 8, 2013 the largest and most powerful hurricane made landfall in the Philippines. The Category 5 storm ripped through the Eastern Visayas on a path of destruction reaching as far north as Zambales on the island of Luzon. Over 6000 lives were lost and over 4 million people were displaced as reported by both local and foreign agencies. A year later the work continues to try and rebuild communities that have suffered and lost so much.

Your continued contributions to the IS Manila Disaster Relief Fund has been overwhelming. Funds have been channeled to rebuilding the Estancia Central School. Contributions have amounted to over PhP 5 million allowing us to rebuild three large Elementary School buildings and plans are in motion to rebuild the school’s gymnasium. We have approved the structural and engineering plans to ensure that the new gym facility is built stronger and will serve as a community center for the 3000+ students and their families that attend Estancia Central School daily. Through our Service Learning program, many of our student-run clubs and student-led initiatives have opted to focus on raising funds for rebuilding Estancia Central School. 

 

Last December 6, Typhoon Ruby made its way across the Visayas and we are happy to report that the Elementary School buildings withstood the rain and wind. Estancia Central School remains without power and IS Manila will be donating US $ 2,500 to UNICEF to assist in the immediate relief. 

All these efforts would not be made possible without help from the international community. Again, a sincere thank you! 

The project to rebuild the Estancia Central School is a long-term commitment, and it is through the international community's continuing support that we able to do so. Evidence of the progress- and the work that still needs to be done-- is captured through the lens of photographer Chris McGrath who returned to the Philippines a year after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). See his photographs here.

Maraming salamat!

IS Manila Service Learning and Environment Committee