Monday, July 29, 2013

Childhope Asia Receives a Second Grant Through Dell's Powering the Possible Initiative

As a mother who dreams of good lives for my kids someday, I am always glad to hear about advocacies that support the education of underprivileged children because, I sincerely believe, that will also be their ticket to a bright future.

Last July 25, Dell Philippines once more strengthened its commitment to support youth learning in the country by giving Childhood Asia Phippines, Inc. (CHAP) a second grant through Dell's Powering the Possible initiative. The partnership aims to further the cause of empowering young people by helping close the learning gap and providing underserved communities with access to technology.

Dell's Richard Teo and Christopher Papa with CHAP kids
The additional funding aims to give equal opportunities for misplaced youth through education and computer literacy. CHAP, which works with  underprivileged street children and out-of-school youth in Metro Manila, has programs on basic literacy and numeracy, alternative learning system basic education, computer literacy, as well as life skills, values and primary health education. 

During the turnover ceremonies in a Greenbelt 1 cinema in Makati (where CHAP kids were treated to a block screening of Wolverine after), Richard Teo, president of Dell Philippines expressed how pleased they are to be able to extend funding support for CHAP’s outreach program. "Childhope Asia has been a strategic partner of Dell under the Powering the Possible program. Since last year, Dell has helped to equip a computer lab and mobile education vans with state-of-the-art technology so that the street children of Manila have access to these learning tools." 

CHAP kids, seated in between Dell employees, excited to watch the movie
He further reported that Dell team members have also been active in providing skills training in computers as well as other creative activities like singing, dancing and the arts. "The additional funding support is intended to enable further outreach so that the deployed technology can be fully utilized by the street children,"affirmed Teo.

Every day, mobile education vans with street educators are deployed to 18 locations where street children are often found, such as parks or sidewalks of urban centers, to teach children there. The core of the partnership is to provide underserved youth and educators with access to technology so it can serve as a catalyst for lifelong learning and career readiness.

inside the mobile education vans
The mobile education vans are equipped with Dell laptops and required education software to accomplish the work of accredited programs administered by CHAP and benefits an estimated 500 kids. Through Dell's support, CHAP was also able to establish a computer lab providing digital learning and basic computer literacy classes to 120 selected street children brought to the charity’s premises. The lab also provides the educators and mentors with IT facilities to record and track the progress of the street children under the program.

Teresita L. Silva, president and executive director of Childhope Asia Philippines, Inc. shared their deep appreciation for the commitment and substantial financial support of Dell to street children's education as these "will have a life-long impact on their development and well-being as well as contribution to society as a whole."

Intel Philippines' Christopher Styling
shares gifts to CHAP kids
The additional funds given recently will moreover help CHAP sustain its efforts and continue to monitor the welfare of the children and the impact of the program to their development.

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* Photos with watermarks courtesy of my hubby, Nonoy, of

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