0823Katherine comes from a family of 12. With farming as the family’s main source of income, and her father as the only breadwinner in the family, Katherine, much like four of her siblings, was sent to live with her relatives who could send them to school.

Katherine was taken in by her aunt (father’s cousin) in Taytay and has been living with her ever since. She communicates with her family in Bicol through calls and text messages. According to her grandmother (her aunt’s mother), Katherine started living with them since she was just in Grade One. They are supporting Katherine’s education from the income of a small canteen owned by her aunt.

This school year 2016-2017, Katherine is one of the beneficiaries of LFI-A Better Chance Foundation Night High School Educational Assistance Project at Siena College Taytay as she enters Grade 7.

LFI is honored to assist Katherine in her education towards the fulfillment of her dream of becoming a teacher.

081916Michiko Lacanienta is a grade 7 night high school student of Siena College Taytay. She is one of the twenty financially challenged students under LFI-A Better Chance Foundation Night High School Educational Assistance Project for SY 2016-2017 at Sienna College Taytay, Rizal.

The Night High Scholarship Program of Siena College was designed to give bright but financially challenged students opportunity to get a quality secondary education.

Michiko is the eldest of 2 siblings who is happy living with her family in a small house filled with love and support. Sewing became their family’s source of income when his father was forced to stop working as driver due to his eye condition. Her mother makes stuffed head of “hello kitty” character in different colors and sells it in the market twice or thrice a week during “tiange” (bazaars). His father who lost his sight in one eye (left) helps buy materials for their small business and is the one who brings Michiko to and from school using their bicycle.

The family is very thankful that Michiko passed the screening and became a Night High School scholar. With the family’s current financial condition sending Michiko to school is a big challenge. Michiko’s dream is to become a flight stewardess someday.

In supporting this night high school program Lao Foundation aims to make a difference in the lives of these fortunate but deserving students.

To further help and assist the family, LFI provided Michiko’s father information on Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation’s free eye check-up and treatment for in need individuals.

081816Lao Foundation met the recipients of the LFI-Don Bosco Youth Center Tondo TechVoc Scholarship Project last August 16, 2016 during the opening of the intramurals of Don Bosco Youth Center Tondo. LFI scholars expressed their appreciation and are looking forward to finish their techvoc courses then be employed.

Rev. Fr. Gaudencio T. Carandang Jr., SDB, Rector/TVET Director conveyed their gratitude towards Lao Foundation for considering the poor young individuals in Tondo. According to him, Lao Foundation’s generosity will make the lives of the 20 beneficiaries full of hope as many of them had already advised the school earlier that they have to stop because they could not source the funds to continue.

LFI is more than grateful in seeing brighter lives and future for these students.

081516Lao Foundation handed over the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Dynamic Christian School of Technology Incorporated (DCST) last August 11, 2016. The MOA is for the scholarship of 20 trainee-beneficiaries who will take up the shielded metal arc welding NCII course under the LFI-Dynamic School of Technology TechVoc Scholarship Project. DCST is located in Marulas, Valenzuela, a techvoc school catering to marginalized youth in the CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela) area.

The techvoc course under the LFI-Dynamic School of Technology TechVoc Scholarship Project consist of two months in-school, plus 200 hours of OJT. Classes will start in September 2016 after the trainee-candidates have been screened and selected. Graduates of this course are expected to be employed as plater, pipe fitter, or pipe welder locally or internationally in construction, fabricating, and manufacturing companies.

DCST is a training institution established under the Philippine laws with Security & Exchange Commission No. 201108199. They are primarily engaged in providing technical skills training by offering technical vocational courses. They provide advance knowledge, correct skills, and right attitude through their modular approach of learning that enhance the competitiveness and marketability of their graduates for local and foreign employments.

LFI is happy to partner with DCST who will not just provide skills but also right values to its student.