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Thanks to the efforts of a Year 8 student
from Mount St Benedict College in
Sydney, the Good Samaritan Kinder
School, which supports children from one
of the poorest areas of the Philippines,
now has a new computer – and it’s very
likely that a few more may follow.
Thirteen-year-old Jasmine Rheinberger
first heard about the Good Samaritan
Kinder School in Bacolod City during a
school assembly last year, when senior
students were sharing their experience
of helping out at the school as part of an
immersion program in the Philippines.
Afterwards, Jasmine “started researching
[the Kinder School] out of interest, and
I realised how much help they needed because they’re
obviously from the poorest areas in the Philippines.”
Then later in the year, Jasmine decided she would focus on
the Good Samaritan Kinder School as part of an integrated
learning program at Mount St Benedict College, known as
“MYBennies”, where students are encouraged to explore a
topic they are passionate about.
After much research, she discovered, among other things, that
the Kinder School provides about 130 children from very low-
income families in Bacolod with pre-school learning experiences,
as well as access to a health clinic and nutrition program.
With the aim of raising awareness about the needs of the
children and the work of the school, Jasmine created a
website, “Children of the Philippines”. She hoped to mobilise
others to show their support. But Jasmine wanted to do more.
“So I asked my ‘MYBennies’ teacher and she suggested
donating something [to the school],” she said.
Wanting to ensure that any donations were what the Kinder
School most needed, Jasmine contacted Good Samaritan
Sister Leonie Duenas, Principal of the Kinder School.
“We started emailing back and forth, and after a while, we got
to the conclusion that they needed a laptop because they’ve
had theirs since 2009,” she explained.
So Jasmine got to work to find out
how a laptop (and others later) could
be sourced from within the Mount St
Benedict College community.
Earlier in the year while Leonie was in
Australia, Jasmine had the opportunity to
present a new laptop to her personally.
“It was a lovely surprise,” said Leonie.
“I’m just so happy that we received this
laptop, an additional one that we can
use at the Kinder School.”
Leonie is very grateful to Jasmine and
Mount St Benedict College for this
new school resource.
“It means so much for us… It’s a very big thing for us”, she said.
The gift of the laptop highlights for Leonie the importance
of the relationships that have been established between the
Kinder School and individuals like Jasmine, and communities
like Mount St Benedict College.
“They are really partners with us because we cannot do this
on our own here in the Philippines,” she said.
Leonie is also struck by the fact that Jasmine, now in Year 8,
was in Year 7 when she first began her project to support the
Kinder School.
“I really feel that there is so much future for this young girl
who is so passionate in doing something for the poor. I just
hope and pray for a good future for her… I feel she has a very
big heart for the poor in choosing this project,” said Leonie.
For Jasmine, engaging with the Kinder School has not been
a one-off project. She is keen to continue her efforts to raise
awareness and organise other donations for the Kinder
School. She’s also planning to visit the school in Year 11 as
part of her school’s immersion program in the Philippines. In
fact, she’d like to visit before then.
“I’d go any day if I could!” she laughed.
Reprinted with permission. Originally published
in The Good Oil, May 17, 2016.
Jasmine’s “very big heart for the poor”
Jasmine presents her
'MyBennies' project to her class
Jasmine presents
Sister Leonie with the
laptop. Pictured also
are Year 11 students
Vanessa, Amelia and
Eva who attended
the Good Samaritan
Education immersion
trip to the Philippines
in September.
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