Marissa’s heart belongs to the children in her community in Palanog, Tacloban. She desires to help them with their learning needs.

Marissa Arandia moved into the community in May 2017 as a beneficiary of Community of Hope (COH), a housing project for families who were victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

She has seen children who don’t know how to read the alphabet and were poor in subject areas like Mathematics and Spelling after she has engaged in tutorial sessions with the children in cluster 1.

She has, then, became the Head of Training and Education Committee of COH and developed a project that will assist the literacy needs of the children in their community.

A temporary classroom was set up at the livelihood center, and through the generosity of COH partners and donors, the children received the school supplies they needed. “By the mercy of God, the children learned to read, write, and solve multiplication and division problems even if they had encountered difficulty,” added Marissa.

The tutorial classes continued even amid pandemic as children were struggling with the modular class approach. Books have been added to their mini library to aid in their studies. The learning hub is now called the Student Center which is a designated classroom in the community center.

As there is now a new head of the Training and Education committee, Marissa sought to teach Secondary and Elementary level with another teacher.

“My heart is for those who are from hard living situations like me. My mission in life is to teach children who are in need. And this I achieve through Community of Hope,” shared Marissa.

She has not just benefited to receive a house but is also been given a chance to help children with their learning needs.

“Thank you very much, Operation Blessing,” she acknowledged, for all the support entrusted to her.

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