Students ready for Christmas lantern contest

Students from several World Vision-partner schools in Malabon and Quezon City gear up for an upcoming Christmas lantern contest this December.
Students from several World Vision-partner schools in Malabon and Quezon City gear up for an upcoming Christmas lantern contest this December.

The contest will showcase different Christmas lanterns made of recycled material as part of World Vision and Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines’  Pag-asa sa Basura Project, a waste collection and recycling system implemented in 25 schools in Malabon City and Quezon City.

“The main criteria for the lantern contest is that it should be made of recycled material,” Megan Lim, World Vision’s project coordinator.

The lantern contest aims to instill the reason behind the Christmas season and at the same time remind the students to care for the environment.

In one school, a group of students explained that at first they had difficulty on the lantern’s design until they decided to just use sachets and straw. They gathered hundreds of used straws and sachets to make a three-feet long Christmas lantern.

“It was difficult but fun,” Stephanie, 11, grade 5 said.

On regular days, students from the 25 partner schools are encouraged to bring sachets to receive incentives such as school supplies. Prprofits that will be collected from the MRF will be used for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) programs like improvements in their handwashing facilities and WaSH education.

World Vision also assisted these schools to enhance their school-based materials recovery facilities (MRF) for various solid waste materials including sachet packaging.

This initiative will not only be benefiting the children but also saving the environment with the goal of preventing at least one million pieces of sachets going to the ocean.



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