School Projects

September 2011
Leyte, Philippines
San Roque Elementary School

Antal Gergics
Antal Gergics

More than a school. An in-depth program for better development of children in Philippines

An in-depth program for the improvement of teaching and living standards for San Roque Elementary School students

As the saying goes, we don't just learn so that we can do well at school, we learn so that we can succeed in life. This is the principle which we apply as part of our project in the Philippines: in addition to receiving a solid education in buildings built and renovated by us, the children get the chance to learn additional skills which may not always be easy to find in the poverty-ridden region of Leyte. These skills are the ones they'll need for life, such as good bodily hygiene or how to grow fruit and vegetables. In addition to this, chronically undernourished children receive a warm meal in the school kitchen each day.


This school project is dedicated to Antal Gergics. We'd like to thank you on behalf of all our beneficiaries for your commitment to the school and unceasingy support. 

The Philippines is a natural paradise. However, life is difficult for the inhabitants of this island nation. Poverty abounds in this country – more and more people seek their fortunes abroad, earning money as nannies, cleaning staff, construction workers, sailors or carers, and sending their salaries home to their families. This needs to change. As long as universal education is not available to people from all social backgrounds, people will continue to live below the poverty line and be unable to feed their children or send them to school. As if that were not enough: the Philippines is one of the countries most affected by global climate change.

poor children Philippines
poor children Philippines
poor children Philippines

Help for San Roque Elementary School in Leyte, Philippines

San Roque Elementary School lies on the southern tip of Philippine island Leyte. In 2011, we started supporting San Roque Elementary School, joining project partner KinderHilfe Philippinen e.V., who have been doing social work for the past 25 years in the area. At project commencement, 450 students were enrolled in elementary school.

School kids on the Philippines
old school building
Old school building
Old school building

A better future: learning for life.

Our goal is to improve teaching and living standards at the San Roque Elementary School. By renovating the old school building, reinforcing it and protecting it from natural disasters, the children will receive a better education and enjoy improved health.  


Ensuring an environment conducive to learning

The school campus is made up of separate ground-level buildings. Most of them required repairs as the buildings hadn't been maintained. Additionally, the campus was far removed from an ideal learning environment due to cracked cement floors, leaking roofs, defective fans, unbearable heat in the classrooms, broken toilets and missing sinks.


As part of step one, the school was renovated from the ground up, and then a library and a computer lab were added.


Opening San Roque Elementary School
Opening San Roque Elementary School
Opening San Roque Elementary School

Secured against natural disasters

Climate change and its effects in the form of natural disasters are especially felt in Philippines. For this reason, it was important that the renovated San Roque Elementary School buildings be sturdy enough to withstand typhoons, earthquakes and flooding. We are proud that the school was awarded for this and now provides a safe haven for the community in case of emergency. More details here.


Training and further education to ensure better quality teaching

Well-trained teaching staff are as important as modern equipment and materials (such as computers) for ensuring continued success. This is where, thanks to your contributions, the Child & Family Foundation comes in. It is especially important to tailor the lesson plans to the regional needs, where poverty and malnutrition abound and foodstuffs are extremely costly. Agricultural and nutritional expertise  aren't just essential to children's learning but for the entire community.

School garden San Roque Elementary School
Teachers in School / Child & Family Foundation
School garden at the San Roque Elementary School

A nutritional program against hunger

Poverty and local circumstances, such as sandy earth impeding agriculture and plant growth, lead to massive hunger and malnutrition amongst children.

This has heavy consequences, causing irreparable damage to brain development and increasing illness proneness.

School nurse / Child & Family Foundation

In 2013, to promote children's healthy growth and development, the Child & Family Foundation started a Health and Nutrition Program. In cooperation with teachers and parents, hungry, malnourished students receive a warm meal at school once a day. There are currently 115 students enrolled in this programme.  Additionally, Greenfinity Foundation planted an organic school garden, from which the school kitchen will source fresh produce.

Health & Nutrition Program
Health & Nutrition Program
Health & Nutrition Program

Hygienic habits for a healthier life

Poverty has many consequences. People often don't have enough money or sufficient knowledge to maintain proper personal hygiene. In 2014, we started a hygiene program which provided students with body care products. Children learn proper personal hygiene as part of specialised lessons as we know that washing our hands and brushing our teeth contribute to our long-term health.

Hygiene Program
Hygiene Program

Let's work together to improve quality of life in the long-term

The assorted maintenance costs are covered by the Child & Family Foundation. Educational offers are constantly supervised and reviewed.

To ensure long-term support, parents have to be made aware of the fact that education provides an escape from a life of poverty.


Only when school directors, teachers, parents and the community believe this and work to improve the quality of teaching and living, will we achieve our goal - to provide the children with opportunities which go above and beyond education. We are thrilled that the school garden project, started by the Greenfinity Foundation, has become an integral part of the community.

At a glance

Projekt Info
Projekt Location

Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, Philippines

Project period
Since September 2011
Convenantee group

350 - 450 children from the Padre Burgos community attending the San Roque Elementary School. Additionally the local population benefits from the newly created infrastructure and the training and continuous education opportunities.

Project partner

Kinderhilfe Philippinen, e.V, Mainz (renovation) (

San Roque Elementary School (Health & Nutrition program, Hygiene program)

Greenfinity Foundation


  • Structural renovation and expansion of the school
  • Health & Nutrition Program
  • Hygiene program
  • Installation of a computer room and a library
  • Teacher training
  • Running maintenance and upkeep of infrastructure
San Roque Elementary School