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Sparking hope and making dreams come true

Amy Chua | July 14, 2017

 

I am proud to say that I have been an Aboitiz scholar since high school. For 9 years, the Foundation has nurtured my dream and helped me realize my potential. I am quite fortunate to have gone to college for free. I am deeply grateful to the Foundation for believing in me.

-Carlo Galicia, 9th Placer Chemical Emgineering Board and  Aboitiz Scholar

 

Carlo, Monica, and Trisha. Three young Filipinos with different backgrounds, struggles, and life circumstances; but they have one thing in common, a dream to make a better life for themselves and their families.

Carlo, a chemical engineering graduate and 9th placer in the recent licensure exam, dreams of contributing to sustainable living through medicine and bioengineering.

Monica, who stopped going to school, dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. Her dream is put on hold for now to help her family earn extra income.

Trisha dreams of helping poor people through social development that is why she is pursuing humanities studies.

But life has not been easy for Carlo, Monica, and Trisha. They are among millions of Filipinos who are exposed to the hardships of life and have to work their hardest, and smartest, holding on to even the thinnest strand of hope to keep their respective dreams alive.

The Aboitiz Foundation is addressing their plight and the many Filipinos who are in the same circumstance. More than extending financial help, we are committed to develop better educated youth, nurturing them to become effective future leaders.  One of the major eduction initiatives of the Foundation is the purposive scholarship that are granted to deserving students like Carlo, Monica, and Trisha.

“Lagi kong tinatanong sa sarili ko: Sino kaya ang tutulong sa akin na maabot ang aking mga pangarap? Natuwa ako nang mapili bilang isang iskolar ng Aboitiz Foundation. May pagkakataon na akong makapagsimula ng negosyo. (I always ask myself: Who could help me achieve my dreams? I am happy to be chosen as a scholar of Aboitiz Foundation. I now have a chance to start a business),” Monica said.

Carlo shared how grateful he is to be chosen as one of the scholars. “I was born the youngest in a family of four boys. I saw firsthand how hard my parents worked to send my brothers to school. I wanted to help my parents by keeping the cost of my college education as low as possible. Armed with this aim, I applied to Aboitiz Foundation’s College Scholarship Program. Fortunately, I was accepted. I was so happy. I felt like I was destined for greatness,” he said.

The Aboitiz Foundation implements the Comprehensive Scholarship Program that covers school fees of the scholars and expenses for the scholars’ medical exams, insurance, and training supplies among others. To date, the Aboitiz Group has provided 32,429 scholarship grants since 1988 and a total of 297 college scholars, with 11 graduates employed in various Aboitiz companies nationwide.

Like that tiny spark of flame, these kind gestures have warmly kindled our hearts. On behalf of the STEC junior and senior high scholars, we gratefully thank you and Aboitiz Foundation for another year of exemplifying your generosity.

-Trisha Marie Amistad, Aboitiz Scholar

 

On a larger scale, we help the country achieve its goal of providing universal public education for young Filipinos through our various interventions in education, which include partnering with the Department of Education and non-government organizations to build classrooms, upgrade school facilities, provide scholarships and teacher training, and in many other interventions that encourage our young stakeholders to become lifelong learners.

We also aligned our initiatives to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), allowing us to contribute to concerted global efforts in the areas of education, poverty reduction, climate change, responsible consumption, disaster risk preparation, and multi-sectoral partnerships.

“We gain inspiration from knowing that the people we have been helping have better lives for themselves. These stories make us more aggressive in decisively building meaningful partnerships to help young Filipinos obtain high quality of education. This way, the Aboitiz Foundation can help provide them with better employment and livelihood opportunities,” Aboitiz Foundation First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Maribeth Marasigan said during a turnover ceremony of PhP 1 million to aid scholars in Taguig City.

 

At the heart of everything we do is The Aboitiz Way of creating a better world by living our core value of responsibility. We aim to empower communities where we operate by providing access to quality education. Together with our business units, the Aboitiz Foundation will accelerate our efforts and resources into co-creating communities that are safe, empowered, and sustainable.

-Maribeth Marasigan, FVP and COO, Aboitiz Foundation

 

For us, the ultimate measure of our CSR efforts is in knowing that our beneficiaries have made a better life for themselves because of the empowering options they were given through our education projects.

Remote villages now enjoy better classrooms with better learning facilities. We  are able to help our technical-vocational graduates get better employment opportunities. Our hearts are filled with joy when we hear about our scholars finishing their studies with flying colors and even placing in board exams. We feel like proud parents when we found out that our special elementary science school students won top prizes abroad for their innovative projects.