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Despite Earthquakes, Bureaucracy and a Bit of Global Naiveté, an Afterschool Center Project Became a Template for Further Initiatives

Project manager Cecilie Wang and architect Jakob Gate started with a personal mission rather than a specific project in mind. In late 2016, feeling unfulfilled by the work they were doing in the commercial sector, the two decided to leave their respective firms in London, England and pursue opportunities to do good elsewhere. With limited funding from the Sheryl Lynn Foundation, Ms. Wang and Mr. Gate moved to the Philippines, intending to stay for a year. They soon began collaborating with local nongovernmental organization Rural Development Initiative (RDI), in Ormoc City on the island of Leyte, to determine the most pressing needs for the area. They quickly learned that many children had nowhere to go after the final school bell rang.
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