Lao Foundation formalizes its partnership with Maria Lena Buhay Memorial Foundation, Inc. (MLBMFI) through the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) under the LFI-MLBMFI Special Education Educational Assistance Project held last October 12, 2015. Under the agreement, LFI will provide educational assistance to the 6 hearing impaired indigent students for them to be educated and have greater access to opportunities in the hearing environment.
Maria Lena Buhay Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit foundation, started in June 1987, becoming the first oral school for the hearing-impaired in the country. The school has given hope to all the hearing-impaired children who passed through its doors. It has also given inspiration to their parents who thought that they could never talk. The school believes that every hearing-impaired child has a potential to talk and, eventually to live and feel like a normal hearing person given the proper training and opportunity. Nurtured with love, patience, and understanding, a hearing-impaired child can be taught to listen, to talk, to understand and be understood.
The school is not just developing the student’s communication skills but as well as their physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth in the normal hearing world. It is a dynamic educational institution that cultivates the potentials of the hearing-impaired for their HOLISTIC development. In an article posted on the Manila Bulletin and written by Angelo Garcia, Mrs. Leticia Buhay, founder and executive director of MLBMFI shared some of their success stories. According to her some of their graduates are now an entrepreneur and own a chain of coffee shops, a teacher and one who has his own graphic design company.
LFI is very glad to support MLBMFI in cultivating the potentials of the hearing-impaired for their HOLISTIC development.
Manila Bulletin article source: https://deafphilippines.wordpress.com/…/maria-lena-buhay-f…/
Triggered by an email from a close friend of one of D&L’s manager seeking for help for indigent students taking up night high school classes, Lao Foundation went to check out both A Better Chance Foundation (ABC) on Thursday, 08 October 2015, and the Night High School of Siena College Taytay on Friday, 09 October 2015.
ABC Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit, non-sectarian and non-governmental charitable institution which envisions to be a significant and respected contributor to nation building by giving equal opportunity to indigent but deserving Filipino children towards developing their human potential to the maximum and, eventually, making them an asset to society through education and other learning facilities. It is founded and headed by Mr. Lewis Edwards and is located at the 3rd level of Topy’s Place, Industria St., Bagumbayan Quezon City. The foundation is the major partner of Siena Colleges’ night high school program for 14 years now.
ABC Foundation is now reaping the fruits of their social investments with beneficiaries now working for the companies like Accenture and Deloitte Philippines.
The Night High School program of Siena College Taytay has been running for 15 years now. It was started by Mr. Rene Logatoc, the head of the External and Community Development Services. The program provides an opportunity for financially constraint 6th grade students to continue with quality secondary education. To compensate for the shorter night classes hours, the program added a year more as compared to the regular high school. Currently there are 165 students under this program.
LFI is looking forward to partnering with such organizations.
Philippine Science High School Foundation, Inc. (PSHSFI) executive director Linda Cordova signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the LFI-PSHSFI High School Educational Assistance Project last October 6, 2015 at PSHSFI office.
LFI partnered with PSHSFI through its Godparent Program to provide highly intelligent and gifted indigent students of our country’s premier science high school with financial assistance to help defray expenses for food, school materials and other basic needs and with opportunities and activities to further their holistic development.
This LFI-PSHSFI High School Educational Assistance Project covers for twenty (20) financially challenged and deserving PSHS students in different grade levels. LFI is extremely glad to partner with PSHSFI to support these exceptionally bright students in fulfilling their dreams for a better future.
PSHSFI is duly accredited by the Department of Science and Technology and by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) as a registered Donee Institution.
Last 29 September 2015, the Association of Foundations (AF) visited LFI office to evaluate its membership application. The evaluation visit was spearheaded by Ms. Dolor Cardeño, executive director of Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA) Foundation, Inc. and accompanied by Ms. Judie Segesmundo, administration manager from ERDA.
The Association of Foundation is the country’s first network of non-government organizations (NGOs). Established in November 1972, its mission is to enable its member foundations to develop sustainable programs that serve their communities.
LFI is looking forward to learn, work, and benchmark with AF and its member foundations so it can implement its mission much better.
Lao Foundation continues to welcome institutions and entities equally eager and determined to develop empowered individuals and enabled communities through education and values clarification. It primarily works with partners who have better capabilities in implementing direct programs and services for the empowerment of the poor and put resources into optimum use.
Ms. Rowena Lopez, Senior Director in Programs of Ayala Foundation (AFI) together with Mr. Ireneo Demecais, Manager in Education visited LFI’s office last October 5, 2015. Ayala Foundation is committed to helping improve the quality of education in the country, particularly in the public sector. Their projects in education focus on primary education and seek to bridge the gap between privileged and underserved students, especially in terms of access to quality public education.
Among many Ayala Foundation programs, there are two which LFI can explore for possible partnering:
1) The Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (CENTEX) which provides holistic, high-quality primary education for bright children from economically disadvantaged families. It is a partnership project of AFI, the Department of Education, the City Government of Manila, the Provincial Government of Batangas, parents, donors, and volunteers. It operates two public schools - one in Tondo, Manila, and another in Bauan, Batangas.
2) The Training Institute is a two-year teacher training program that focuses on four essential elements for lifelong learning - classroom pedagogy, development of critical thinking skills, values clarification, and use of technology in the classroom. The program is conducted as parallel sessions for principals and master teachers.
LFI and Ayala Foundation initially got connected during the League of Foundation’s general assembly meeting last 11 September 2015. LFI is looking forward to work with Ayala Foundation on education projects.