012916Lao Foundation visited Purple Community Fund (PCF) last 28 January 2016 at its school in Balut, Tondo, Manila.

Ms. Yda Rodulfo (Development and Special Projects Director) updated the LFI team on various developments among these: the renewal of their license with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the scheduled evaluation by Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) for their accreditation. The PCNC accreditation will unlock more doors for PCF’s funding requirements.

Ms. Rocelle Malvar (Student Success Coach) said that besides giving traditional education, the clubs (singing, dancing, ballet, and sports) and other artistic and creative initiatives have been activated. They found out that their students excel more in these areas considering their economic background. With these activities, they also make the parents aware of the other career paths for their children.

According to Ms. Yda there will be changes and development in their operations and management style all geared towards a clearer direction of achieving their goal--- that of transforming the lives of their students for the better. She proudly introduced one of their college graduates who is now working with them.

Aside from this, they will seriously look more into and address the welfare of their employees: teaching, social, community, medical, office, and admin personnel. LFI provides funding for the salaries of the teachers which is about 76% of the total requirement.

Ms. Yda expressed her thanks for LFI who not only provided them with funds but also connected them with LFI’s other partners. One of which, the GCHS Project Bless Foundation, Inc. who sponsored a 2-day training for their teachers at Grace Christian College.

LFI conducts regular site visitation to its partners to be updated, to exchange ideas and good practices observed from other partners, and to connect them with other partners.

During this visit, LFI turned over to PCF the in-kind goods donated by Industria Multipurpose Cooperative (IMC) to LFI. IMC is an employees' cooperative of D&L Group of Companies since July 2005. It encourages thrift and savings mobilization and extends funds/credit to the members for production and provident purposes.

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