Safe Kids Worldwide Philippines
Almost 2000 students, parents and teachers walk on dangerous roads to reach St. Andrew's School in Paranaque City every day. Sidewalks are narrow and occupied by vendors, crosswalks faded and, in some areas non- existent, and no road signs visible in the area. During rainy season, children and parents experience getting soaked because of no waiting sheds. Safe Kids Worldwide Philippines organized stakeholder meetings and conducted a baseline study and together with the local government agencies, Barangay Officials, NGOs, parent/teacher association, police, teachers and engineers worked to have environmental modification and education for children, parents, school bus drivers and enforcers. Infrastructure changes included construction of waiting areas for parents, caregivers and students, installation of road signs, putting separation lanes between pedestrians and vehicles, painting of crosswalks and pedestrian lanes to minimize risks to children walking to school.