Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Candidate Shares Hope in a Box to Filipino Distance Learning Students in Far-flung Areas
Kenneth Mheil Mangaya- Ay | July 08, 2020
Photos by Pauline Amelinckx and Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation
Due to the community quarantine, schools were suspended and children have been forced to stay at home for months now. In some households, families try to cope with this, by homeschooling their kids through books and other educational materials from the internet. However, in urban communities and far-flung areas where families could not afford these resources, children’s access to learning is a different story.
Knowing that the children in her community might already be experiencing a similar situation, Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Pauline Amelinckx initiated Yellow Boat Hope Foundation’s Hope in a Box project in Tubigon, Bohol. The Hope in a Box project is a nationwide campaign by the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation that aims to help reduce the anxiety caused by this pandemic to children by providing them with educational materials that would help establish structure in their daily lives and encourage them to continue learning. This project was first initiated by one of YBH’s volunteers, Ruel Visca, a teacher in Romblon who, together with his colleagues, wanted to continue supporting the education of the children in his community.
By initiating her own Hope in a Box project in Bohol, Pauline aims to give hope to children in her community through a box that contains basic school supplies, educational materials, and art materials that stimulate creativity in their young minds. As Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation’s ambassadress since 2019, Pauline has been working with the foundation to make education accessible to children living in impoverished communities. She also advocates for Marine Conservation by educating and empowering children in coastal communities using her art. Thus, despite the pandemic, Pauline believes that she should continue with her advocacy for the children through her Hope in a Box-Bohol campaign.
Launched just last May, Pauline’s Hope in a Box-Bohol campaign already benefited forty (40) children in her barangay while 100 children were blessed from Ruel’s Hope in a Box-Romblon campaign. The Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation is hoping that with more support and generosity from other people, their Hope in a Box campaign can reach more children and make them happy. For those who want to support Pauline’s Hope in a Box campaign, you can send a message to [email protected] or via the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation Facebook page.
Since the country is still experiencing uncertain times, Pauline not only hopes to reach all the children in her hometown, she also wants to empower more individuals to initiate their own Hope in a Box campaign for the children in their communities.