With Php 1.1 million (CAD $29,000) on hand, TELUS International Philippines (TIP) Community Board donates cash to three charities.
“Our corporate social responsibility is to inspire people to do more,” says TIP President Jeff Uthoff in a video message shown as TELUS formally turnover grants to three charities by the company’s Community Board.
“The Community Board is one aspect of TELUS CSR, and this year we will be focusing more on the families and children of Signal Village in Taguig, Manila, ” Jeff said during a live discussion with the media present at the venue held at Makati Shangri-la Hotel.
According to Javier Infante, chair of the TIP Community Board, this is the second year for TIP Community Board. The first recipient was a brainchild of Joy Virata, Board of Directors, Repertory Philippines, with CAD $ 10,000 grant to expose children to the world of arts. “I believe that there is something that kids to be exposed to performing arts at their young age,” said Joy.
TIP Community Board believes that there are 3 areas that needs to be worth investing: health and well-being; education; and arts & culture. “All of these have youth element,” said Javier.
Project Pearls thanked TELUS
Luth Valijes of Project Pearls thanked TELUS for helping them, financially through a grant provided by the Community Board. Project Pearls started in 2008 with a mission to have regular feeding program (breakfast and brain booster meals) with teacher volunteers and a quarterly medical mission. Project Pearls continues to help families and their kids in Ulingan in Tondo. Backed-up by TIP Community Board for their rehabilitation program.
Tahanan Sta. Lucia, Inc. is one of this year’s grantees, whose mission is to rehabilitate and help sexually abused prostitutes who have not experienced schooling education. Tahanan Sta. Lucia, Inc. uses alternative learning system of the Department of Education. This rehabilitation helps young girls go back to mainstream educations.
ILearn is the second grantees, an Internet development project in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
The 3rd grantee, MLAC Psychosocial Services for Well-being, is a non-profit organization through a project called AMA na Magaling Mag-Aruga sa Anak (AMMA) which uses the science of psychology to promote the well-being of children, adolescents, adults and families of the poor, the traumatized and the marginalized. AMMA deals with low-income families where mothers are OFWs and fathers are left to cope after the mother’s absence. AMMA, also known as the Mother-Away Program, aims to nurture and care the primary beneficiaries, which are the children aged 3-18 years old and fathers aged 25-60 years old.
“Our Community Board is a core part of TELUS commitment and entity created to fund grassroots, local community projects and affiliates that would have not been funded by mainstream organizations,” added Uthoff.
“We would get a lot of grant applicants,” says Warren Tait, TIP Community Board vice chairman. “We absolutely work with the applicants and contact with the people who applied. We have a very clear understanding of all aspects of the application. An important need is for the applicants to be an NGO,”added Tait on the major requirements to qualify for TIP Community Board grants.
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