My Dream in a Shoebox
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More than a Shoebox: Helping Kids Bounce Back through Education

This year is one of many drastic changes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere stayed at home as much as possible as part of the collective effort to flatten the curve. While the battle against the pandemic pans on, children’s education continues. The president announced that face to face classes will resume next year but for the meantime, the Department of Education (DepEd) has provided the academic community the option to continue schooling by pivoting to other learning delivery modalities stated in the Basic Education Learning Continuity Program for the safety of students and educators. This new educational set up entails the need for long-term supplies. However, not all students have the resources to continue their education in this new system.

This is why My Dream in a Shoebox (MDIAS) is launching its twelfth year with a renewed driving force to champion every Filipino student’s right to education and safety. MDIAS is an annual education campaign of TeamAsia that aims to equip less fortunate Filipino children with resources that will help them reach for a brighter future. Now more than ever, MDIAS is driven to empower more Filipino children to fight poverty and continue their education as they remain in the comforts and safety of their homes.

MDIAS_Year 12 My Dream in a Shoebox


New School Year, New Goals

With the academic community facing even greater challenges today due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign wants to make its impact not only bigger, but more efficient and safe. For year 12, MDIAS aspires to support 50,000 underprivileged children to adjust to the new normal with shoeboxes filled with school supplies. The campaign aims to alleviate some of our parents’ and learners’ worries in accessing resources for the upcoming school year.

MDIAS upgrades its traditional shoeboxes of school supplies by adding hygiene kits to help parents and learners facilitate a proper learning environment at home. Children need more than school supplies in order to pursue their studies in the new blended learning environment. This is why MDIAS is also planning to provide 500 radios for radio-based instruction, and solicit donations of old computers and printers for various community centers in order to access and print students’ educational materials.

Through the years, MDIAS has equipped 405,090 children with the necessary tools they need to chase their #BiggerDreams. By pivoting its initiatives to address children’s most pressing educational needs, and by working together with the local communities, MDIAS plans to make a bigger impact.

My Dream in a Shoebox  Year 11 December gift-giving days of My Dream in a Shoebox with Payatas Orione Foundation in Quezon City


A United Stand

As the late South African President Nelson Mandela once said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Through education, children can make amazing things happen, and become the change the world needs. The world is evolving in the midst of this pandemic, and we need transformative solutions to solve modern issues. Children are the beacon of hope to take us forward into a better future. This is why it takes solidarity to fight for every Filipino child’s right for education. It takes cooperation and a lot of kind-hearted individuals or dream builders to encourage children to dream without limits, and make their biggest dreams come true.

The pandemic poses a lot of challenges for everyone, and the future is uncertain. However, when we work together, we can help support more children in these trying times. Every pledge in the MDIAS campaign is a powerful contribution to prepare future leaders and movers of society to help realize their full potential. Together, all the contributions can make a difference in the lives of Filipino children, one shoebox at a time! To join the movement and help build more dreams, send an email to shoebox@teamasia.com.

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5 Comments

  1. sosingerica says:

    Wow sobrang Ganda naman po ng adhikain ng My Dream in a Shoebox. It’s more than a shoebox po. Sobrang malaking tulong eto di lamang po sa mga students kundi Pati na rin po sa mga teachers and parents. Hindi mahahadlangan ng Covid 19 na makapag aral lahat ng mga bta at matupad ang kanilang mga pangarap sa buhay. Dahil sa mga Tao, government or private sectors na walang sawang nagbibigay tulong sa ating kapwa na apektado ng pandemic. 😊

  2. Lyka Mitra says:

    Itong mga ganitong project ay talagang nakakatulong sa mga kabataan ngaun lalo na at may pandemya at wala ng mapagkuhaan ng pagkakakitaan ang mga magulang kaya hindi na nakakapag enroll.. sa mfmg tulong at donasyon maraming mga kabataan ang nabibigyan pa ng pag asa sa kabila ng hinaharap natin dahil pandemya.. salute po sa mga nasa likod nitong project na ito. ❤

    1. Amelia lacson says:

      Super nakakataba ng puso yung mga ganitong tao na handang tumulong sa abot ng kanilang makakaya. Specially sa mga bata kitang kita ang saya sa kanilang mga mukhang godbless sa into sana ipag patuloy pa at maraming pang matulungn💗💗💗

  3. Dhel Manog says:

    Yong mga ganetong campaign momsh sobrang laking tulong sa mga students,teacher at mga parents.Hindi handlang ang pandemic para hindi makatulong kaya sobrang saludo ako sa mga taong nasa likod ng proyektong ito.

  4. Jeng Manalo says:

    Yung mga ganitong mga project ang dapat sinsaluduhan, big help to sa mga students.tulong tulong lang tayo para para mas mapabis ang pagsugpo sa pandemiyang ito

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