The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has donated at least P200,000 worth of goods for the abandoned and streetchildren housed at the Social Development Center in Barangay Sta. Barbara, this city.
The donation was coursed through the Human Development Empowerment Services (HDES), a local non-government organization group, involved in empowering through education to the less fortunate ones.
It included therapeutic materials like beddings, kitchen utensils, shoes, slippers, basketball rings, bags, raincoats, shirts, underwear and other items.
The donated items were turned over by HDES to the recipients in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) headed by Francisco Barredo.
"This is a welcome development for the children staying in our center. It will help boost their morale to study hard," Barredo said.
HDES Executive Director Lourdes Lim said the donation is part of the two-year assistance program of UNICEF to the Zamboanga Peninsula and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Zamboanga City was included in the two-year assistance program after HDES and the City Social Welfare and Development Office requested UNICEF to include this city among the program beneficiaries. (PNA)