Thursday, August 30, 2012

Philippines: SINOP reaches out to students and evacuees

Members of The Society of IRRI Non-research Professionals (SINOP) distributed umbrellas to students of Bagong Silang Elementary School in Los BaƱos on 16 August. SINOP members also took the opportunity to bond with the school children over snacks that it provided.

The activity is part of SINOP’s pledge to support the school, which the organization adopted in 1983. The organization seeks to strengthen and improve school facilities and create a sense of personal involvement and interaction with its students. Mr. Raul Volante, the school principal, teachers, and some parents were present to witness the activity.

SINOP also carried out Operation Kumot and a feeding program, in coordination with IRRI's Host Country and Community Relations Office, on 21 August for the benefit of more than 1,000 evacuees from one of the communities badly hit by Habagat. Operation Kumot and the feeding program were held at Galvez Elementary School in San Antonio, Bay, Laguna, where the evacuees were staying.

SINOP would like to thank its members, SINOP friends, and those who constantly support its activities and projects.

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