In responding to the needs of IP communities, TLDFI in coordination with the Department of Education, LGU’s, the self-help groups of women and other agencies both private and public, it engages into construction of level II mostly gravity flow water systems; assisted the rural health units of its partner LGU’s in reaching more women and children avail government services especially for the Maternal, New Born, Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) Program of Department of Health (DOH). TLDFI in its partnership with LGU Surallah had put emphasis on assisting pregnant women especially teen age pregnancies and among IP women avail of the MNCHN Program and the new born screening to ensure that new born children are healthy and free from preventable defects.
On education, with less than 75 percent and 50 percent of school age children among the IP communities are in school for both elementary and secondary level, TLDFI encourages and provides assistance for the education of IP children especially those in difficult circumstances such as those victims of extreme poverty, child labor, abuse, neglect and those living in isolated communities. Recently, TLDFI launched its Local Sponsorship Strategy to promote local philanthropy to assist more IP Children and other children of poor non-IP families to continue their education.
Last 2015, TLDFI with assistance from Cordaid and Philippine Australian Community Assistance Program (PACAP) of the Australian Embassy in Manila had been instrumental for the opening of several annex schools (primary) and the opening of an integrated school in isolated IP communities in the municipalities of Lake Sebu and Surallah, all in South Cotabato Province. Other services and projects being provided by TLDFI, is the establishment of day care centers among the IP communities, scholarship support for selected IP children, and assistance to public schools in enhancing their educational facilities and materials. TLDFI also implemented Respect Education with funding assistance from Cordaid and technical assistance from Respect Education, all based in Netherlands, in IP dominated schools in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, intended to assists public school teachers improve their teaching methodology adopting multiple intelligence, adaptive and cooperative learning. The goal of Respect Education is to improve the quality and relevance of education by creating a learning environment where every child feels safe and accepted by capacitating the teachers with a pedagogy that offers simple techniques to help pupils maximize their potentials in a more interesting, productive and meaningful classroom climate and develop the self-esteem and self-confidence of pupils. To learn the impact of Respect Education, please read the stories of Kimberly Diongal, John Paul Bianan, and Teacher Kzcarr Susas and Teacher Resa Bongon.