Lao Foundation conducted field visits to two partner-foundations, Don Bosco Youth Center Tondo and Purple Centers Foundation, last September 21, 2016. Visitations are regularly done by LFI to partner-foundations to check the progress of LFI's projects with them, and to know what other support they might need.
LFI visited Don Bosco Youth Center Tondo, and got a chance to meet the current batch of scholars. Rev Rector/TVET Director Fr. Gaudencio Carandang JR., sdb and Project Coordinator Mr. Jay Joaquino were pleased to report that all the scholars are performing well academically, behaviorally and in extra-curricular activities. However, they are currently having difficulty in finding teachers that would commit to teach in the center.
LFI had a chance to get to know the scholars. Some of them shared stories of how Don Bosco Tondo has brought a positive change into their lives, and shared how they have all grown personally, spiritually, and academically; some of them are amongst the top of their class. They wrote heartfelt thank you letters, and expressed gratitude to Lao Foundation for supporting them in their studies.
Likewise, LFI also visited Purple Centers Foundation. Development Communications Officer Ms. Amor Reyes gladly toured Erika Lao and Sheena Fidelson around the school. Purple Centers Foundation has faced quite a few opportunities and challenges since the rebranding from its previously known name, Philippine Christian Foundation. However, they have done very well in adapting to recent changes. They continue to offer projects to help their community further.
With the collaborative efforts between these partner-foundations, LFI is very positive in its hopes to achieve its vision in empowering people through education and values formation.