EPIC team member Erickson Ilustre together with his partner sponsor Ut-utan (oot-ooo-tan)Primary School which sits snugly in the centre of the rice fields of Sitio Lanao, Bontoc, Mountain Province, Philippines. The school tended by four staff, accommodates 76 students from kindergarten through to grade three. At the beginning of each school year, Erickson and his partner provide the children with a school starter pack. Most of the parents of the children are farmers who work the rice fields or small backyard farms, so the starter pack is of great help to them. This year EPIC assisted ensuring an easier start to the school year. One of the teachers described how wonderful it is to see the children in their EPIC hats and EPIC sling bags crossing the rice fields in Bontoc.