From a retired teacher to volunteer teacher street children, Spanish national Maria Dolores Pita, more known as Teacher Maruxa Pita, founded the Makabata School Foundation, a non-profit school foundation.
At 81, Teacher Maruxa is still active and hands-on in managing her school. It was in 1959 when she first arrived in the Philippines. The association where she belonged to back then founded the Institucion Teresiana School (presently known as Saint Pedro Poveda College).
In 1995, she retired from her school and started to teach poor children for free. The lessons were conducted inside some classrooms at Poveda.
“I am a member of Theresian association that is a secular association and they were preparing to open the school Poveda and they asked me to come to work in that school. For me, the worst consequence of poverty is not hunger, is not thirst, it is ignorance,”,Teacher Mruxa said in the TV5 feature “Reaksyon.”
Teacher Maruxa’s foundation was set up in 1996. From a simple feeding program, it led to the creation of Makabata School, which provides quality formal education coupled with Christian values to street children, less fortunate kids and out-of-school youths. Through the help of friends, Makabata School formally had its building erected in 2001. It is currently located at Armel Subdivision in Pasig City.
Her selfless efforts have been recognized by various local and international award-giving bodies. Last 2011, the Yuchengco Group of Companies awarded her “The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award” for setting a good example to the Filipino youth. Also, she received the PeopleAsia’s “People’s Choice Awardee” in January 2012.
In her humble manner, Teacher Maruxa says she appreciates all the awards given to her if only because it will help recognize the school and get more support from philanthropic souls. “Well I appreciated it because I always hope that this can be beneficial for Makabata,” Teacher Maruxa said.
• Video above shows segment on Teacher Maruxa aired in August 2012 in the TV5 show “Reaksyon” hosted by Luchi Cruz-Valdes.