080216A Better Chance (ABC) Foundation recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Lao Foundation, formalizing the partnership for the sponsorship of 20 financially challenged night high school students at Siena College Taytay under the LFI-A Better Chance Foundation Night High School Educational Assistance Project.

Mr. Lewis Edwards, Founder/Chairman of A Better Chance Foundation led the signing of the MOA. The project will provide assistance to deserving financially challenged students within the vicinity and nearby communities of Sienna College Taytay to enable them to pursue quality secondary education.

A Better Chance Foundation is a non-stock, non-profitable, charitable organization that helps children from the poorest of the poor through educational scholarships and outreach projects. With partners like Lao Foundation and individual sponsors, ABC Foundation has sent several indigent students to night high school and college for 15 years running.

072516In addition to its three sponsored schools in Quezon City and Laguna, Lao Foundation extended its reach across Marikina River to Manggahan Elementary School and Santolan Elementary School located in Pasig City.

Both “big” schools have a population of 3,061 and 4,529 students for Manggahan Elementary School (MES) and Santolan Elementary School (SES), respectively. The principals of the schools signified their interest to have the Binhi English literacy project in their schools during LFI’s exploratory visit in June 2016. If all goes well, the project will address their problem on non-reader and slow reader students.

True enough the results of the pre-testing, done last June 28, 2016 on grade 2 students recommended by the teachers, manifested the need of both schools for the project. 18% of the grade 2 students of MES, while 10% of the grade 2 students of SES failed the pre-test.

Two beginning reading classes (kit 1) will be piloted in each school starting July 25, 2016 under the LFI-Binhi English Literacy Project. Parents’ orientations were held last July 21, 2016 which were well attended.

LFI is looking forward to the successful run of the DepEd accredited Binhi English literacy curriculum of BINHI English Literacy Foundation in these two Pasig schools.

072216LFI together with Binhi Foundation, partner-schools and parents continue to be invigorated by the improvements of the “LFI-Binhi scholars” under the LFI-Binhi English Literacy Project which was started some 5 years ago. Data as well as inspiring anecdotes of “LFI-Binhi scholars” students who dramatically progressed from being a non-reader to becoming honor students, or who became “tutors” to their younger siblings spur LFI to carry on with the project.

For the current school year, the one-on-one pre-testing of grades 1 to 3 students were conducted from June 27 to July 6, 2016 in Bagumbayan Elementary School (QC), Libis Elementary School (QC), and San Ramon Elementary School (Laguna). Through the assistance of the volunteers from Binhi and D&L Group, 265 non readers and slow readers in grades 1 to 3 qualified in the different levels of the English literacy classes.

Last July 1, 14 and 21, parents of the qualified students in the different schools were invited and oriented about the project and their vital role in transforming their children from being a non-reader to being a reader. Classes in the 3 schools started this Monday (July 18).

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Lao Foundation would like to thank the following D&L personnel for their assistance in the conduct of the pre-tests.

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Norbs Cabatea

To reach out to more institution in its commitment to contribute in the well-being of the communities, LFI visited Don Bosco Youth Center – Tondo Inc. and Asian Social Institute last July 11, 2016 to explore further the project proposals that they submitted.

Don Bosco TVET Center – Tondo is a non-stock, non-government, non-profit, religious and educational institution. It was established in 1971 and managed by the Salesian Priests of Don Bosco who are assigned in Tondo, Manila. The Center aims to give the abandoned and out-of-school youth from different poor areas of Tondo, Manila and other nearby cities and provinces the opportunity to be trained and certified in accredited technical and vocational skills for them to be gainfully employed and get out of poverty.

Having known LFI through D&L’s HR Director, Don Bosco submitted a proposal for the sponsorship of 20 students who could not even come up with their minimal monthly tuition fee counterpart due to their impoverish situation. According to the project coordinator who is a graduate of the school, some of the students in their determination to finish their education even resort to selling themselves just to be able to come up with their monthly fees. It is for these students that Don Bosco looks for sponsors for them to be able to provide full scholarship and ensure that these students finish their education, be employed, and regain their dignity.

Asian Social Institute (ASI) is a graduate school whose main objective is to form social development managers and leaders from various institutions that will support people’s movements and have access to information technology and resources for community wellbeing especially of the marginalized persons, families, and communities in society. Its Social Development Department is the animating arm of the school where transformative ideas and innovative approaches are tried out in actual practice and community extension services are carried out in partnership with self-empowered people’s organizations, parishes, local government units, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

ASI’s proposal is for the scholarship of the 8 children of fisher folks in their partner communities who are undergoing intensive study in Fisheries at the University of Rizal System in Cardona, Rizal. The aim is to have young fisher folks gain comprehensive scientific and practical knowledge and skills that will help secure food and protect the Laguna de Bay environment.

LFI believes in partnering with foundations that are into transforming young people who are financially and socially challenged in extreme through education and values formation.

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As of 22 Nov 2017