In 2014, the Trafigura Foundation made a three-year commitment to HBI. We chose a project in a fishing community in San Fernando, La Union. The objective is to improve the health, sanitation, education, and livelihood of local school kids and the surrounding community.
Few years ago, the San Agustin Elementary School was functioning under dire conditions, with a low attendance rate; the San Agustin community was underserved, overpopulated and marginalised. HBI aims to help the school improve its infrastructure and educational services, while addressing the community’s sanitation and livelihood issues.
San Agustin School used to be ranked 12 out of the 13 local schools but last year has jumped to the fifth best and has retained its status as a Model Community in the City of San Fernando because of the continued sustainable implementation of its health and sanitation program, community-based income generating projects, and child’s rights and health advocacy.
Moreover, the School has implemented two income generating programs for parents, the Fisherman’s Programme and a detergent-making scheme, which have increased revenues for 125 parents. Also, 43 toilets have been constructed, as well as 15 artesian wells.
Thanks to all these achievements, the government of San Fernando hailed the school a Model Community and is offering extra support.