In September 2013 the school was introduced to a new sponsor child, her name is Merian Dacallos.
Merian is 9 years old and lives in the area known as Samar West. She lives with her mother, father, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Their house is made of cane with a thatched roof and a palm floor. The family uses a wood fire to cook on. They collect their water from a public standpipe which is a 5 minute walk from the house. The family uses a flushing toilet.
Merian does attend school which is less than 30 minutes away from their home.
The children of Year 2 introduced themselves to Merian through letters and pictures. The whole school signed a Christmas card which was posted early to ensure it was received.
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in early November, with the area of Samar being badly affected. We are still unsure of how our family are doing but we will report as we receive news.