Tents scattered across a basketball court became home to about 300 families in Taguig, Metro Manila, when a fire razed a Muslim community there last August. The children were models of resilience, refusing to allow destroyed homes and uncertain futures to get in the way of their education. Although their spirits were strong, they lacked resources: their school had been burned, their teachers displaced, and their books and supplies destroyed.
Manila Quotarians matched the children’s determination. They donated school supplies, organized makeshift classrooms, and volunteered to teach children English, reading, and arithmetic. In spite of sweltering heat and poor ventilation, club members and children worked together to ensure that their schooling was not disrupted while they await the construction of new classrooms. By reaching out and sharing across cultural and religious boundaries, Quotarians and this community have built a bridge that serves as a model for others and will only grow stronger in the months to come.