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Aid workers --- stories of humanitarian workers (ALS)

In a small town in the Southern Philippines, a group of young people are quietly making a difference as real-life heroes during COVID-19.

These youth are volunteering to produce face masks for COVID-19 frontliners in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

They are students of the Alternative Learning System (ALS), a government program which helps out-of-school youth continue their education regardless of their personal life circumstances.

These ALS students are trained by Plan International’s Reach Mindanao Project — under our Youth Economic Empowerment Program — which support skills development, gender equality, and equal access to education.

“We volunteered to sew face masks for our front liners because stocks are running out,” said Racma Unting, an ALS teacher who initiated the activity together with her students.

“Healthcare workers and other front liners are putting their own lives at risk for the sake of our community,” Unting continued. “That’s why we wanted to help them in any way possible.”

These youth volunteers have produced thousands of face masks, all to be donated to frontliners.

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