Teach for the Philippines led by their Chief Strategic Resources Officer Patricia Feria Lim visited Lao Foundation for an exploratory meeting last May 5, 2016.
Teach for the Philippines (TFP) is a for-purpose, non-stock, non-profit organization that works to provide all Filipino children with an inclusive, relevant, and excellent education. They enlist some of the country’s most promising young leaders to teach for two years in public schools throughout the Philippines. Through their experiences in the classroom, TFP transforms the leaders into lifelong advocates for education equity.
They are led by young, civic-minded, and entrepreneurial individuals with a bias for action. They focus on results and work intelligently towards a better education for all. As citizens, they are committed to being the change they want to see in the country.
During the meeting possible synergies between both organizations were discussed and the areas for further exploration are:
- Determine interest of Principals of Libis Elementary School and Bagumbayan Elementary School for a TPF Teacher Fellow project, and for TFP Fellows to possibly assist in the ongoing LFI-Binhi English Literacy projects.
- TFP to introduce their program to LFI-CFFI College Scholarship project graduates and encourage them to join the TPF Teacher Fellowship program.
- TFP to send a formal proposal to Lao Foundation following their exploratory meetings with principals.
Teach for the Philippines is excited about the prospect of a partnership with Lao Foundation. LFI is very positive about this.
As new member of Association of Foundations (AF), Lao Foundation attended its first AF General Assembly last April 25-26, 2016. Now on its 44th year, all AF members convened in Baguio City for its 2-day annual meeting. Representatives from over 140 member organizations participated in the event. The program includes plenary discussions on creating a collective impact to address developmental issues, an opportunity to engage academic professionals during the K12 transition period, community sharing session among AF members, business meeting proper and induction of new members.
AF is the country’s first network of non-government organizations (NGOs). Its mission is to enable its member foundations to develop sustainable programs that serve their communities. It has become a bridge to grant opportunities, capacity builder, data bank, consultant, and an advocate of key issues. It is committed to the constant growth and professionalism of its member foundations in their efforts to improve the quality of human life.
Lao Foundation met the current batch of young women who are undergoing the 4 months livelihood training of Tzu Chi Foundation at their Great Love Campus in Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila last April 14, 2016. Their ages ranges from 18 to 28 years old. They come from varied personal backgrounds: single, married, single parents, and from varied educational level: high school graduate, out of school youth, college dropouts. But all are there due to financial difficulties, and all are there because Tzu Chi Foundation provides them care and hope.
25 out of the 40 student-trainees sponsored by Lao Foundation are taking up garments sewing and computer encoding --- the 2 courses currently offered. The livelihood training from 8am to 4pm Monday to Saturday started last February and will end in May 2016. Unlike other livelihood training programs, this is 50% skills training and 50% humanities or values formation. Humanities or values formation is taught in the morning and the skills training are in the afternoon.
This Livelihood Training Program is just one of many Tzu Chi’s effort to bring about improved socio-economic well-being of workers in the informal economy, in groups/sectors with special concerns, and displaced wage workers and their families. This program is handled by Tzu Chi Volunteers, Ms. Ana Regina So, Ms. Rita Tan and their very dedicated team. There is no tuition fee, while uniforms, lunch & snacks, and daily transportation allowance are provided to the student-trainees.
By supporting this kind of project, LFI desires to assist women in need to be educated in livelihood skills and values to ready them for greater access to work opportunities, be uplifted economically, and contribute to society as a productive citizen..
As experienced by Tzu Chi Foundation, the demand for graduates of their Livelihood Training Program is very high as companies have learned that the graduates have superior set of values and work attitude. Tzu Chi Foundation assists the graduates in placing them to good companies.
Lao Foundation was recognized as one of the significant partners of Charity First Foundation during its 15th Anniversary Celebration & Presentation of Batch 2016 Graduates last April 9, 2016 at the University Theatre, Trinity University of Asia in Quezon City with the theme: “Thriving with Integrity in Modern Times.” Lao Foundation received the certificate of appreciation for its continuous contribution to the achievement of the mission of the foundation for the past 6 years.
Charity First Foundation, Inc is a learning and caring organization managed by committed members, staff and volunteers, supported by compassionate and generous donors and partners, working together with its beneficiaries towards providing an enabling environment where all stakeholders achieve their highest potential. Their commitment is “helping people help themselves”. They provide college scholarship for indigent students in Metro Manila. Aside from this, they conduct medical and dental missions.
Starting with 10 scholars, Lao Foundation now sponsors 50 college scholars per school year. 30 of its scholars have graduated and are now part of the workforce. 3 are with the D&L Group.
As of 22 Nov 2017