Stepping Stone started as a project of the Rotary Club of Makati in 1972, as a school for indigent children in the Guadalupe Viejo area, Makati City. As more and more children were being brought to the school, the Rotary Club of Makati took note of the growing number of Special needs children.
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Our school cares for special children with intellectual disabilities. We started out as a project of the Rotary Club of Makati to assist an impoverished neighborhood in Makati. After more than 43 years, we are now extending our experience to a bigger school in Paranaque. We take in children from all sectors. Those who can afford subsidize those who cannot. Our coordination with various schools (University of Sto. Tomas, University of Makati, De La Salle University, College of St. Benilde, Asia-Pacific College) continuously improves our individualized program. International organizations (US Peace Corps) keep us abreast of state-of-the-art techniques. We are supported by several local groups (Rotary clubs, Conception Industries, American Wire and Cable, METRO BANK, HMR) and International Foundation (Lloyd-George, Telstra, Starkey), together with generous private individual.
Our professional therapist- Occupational and Speech – ensure adequate preparation for improved comprehension.
For those who cannot be mainstreamed in regular schools, we offer training in baking and laundry, using safe modern equipment. Move pre-vocational courses are being live-up.
The growing incidence of intellectual disability among children compelled us to open a larger facility in Paranaque. Our one-hectare campus has provision for sports, a theatre, a multi-faith prayer room, and, later on, residential boarding. Now, we can offer music and arts, gardening, housekeeping, art therapy, and other income-generating training for our students. We also invite non-government organizations concerned with intellectual disability to set up their central offices in our premises for better coordination.
All these are intended to assist a sector that suffers from benign neglect. While they are mostly showered with love and attention, our society consign them to a life of helpless dependence for the rest of lives. Our aim is to change this mindset to prove that a combination of empathy, education and training can open up opportunities to allow these children to learn to fend for themselves and contribute to the well-being of society.
We hope you can join us in this effort.