Hon Lam Work Camp 2015

Volunteers helping out in the classroom construction.
FPD coordinated a social-outreach project of a Hongkong-based non-profit, East Asian Educational Association (EAEA), in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. EAEA volunteers from Macau and Taiwan donated a classroom to Barangay Irawan Elementary School, Puerto Princesa City. In solidarity with the beneficiaries, young volunteers came to the school site to give additional labor-force to the construction.

Seeds of HOPE: Project Update

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Seeds of HOPE kit.
The Seeds of HOPE was conceptualized on December 10, 2013 as a response of the Foundations for People Development to the two calamities that struck parts of the Philippines, one after the other.

On October 15, 2013, a massive earthquake hit the Province of Bohol and caused the destruction of churches, infrastructure, and means of livelihood of thousands of people. Soon after, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the islands of Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Negros, and Panay on November 8 where millions of Filipinos were affected.

The Foundations for People Development has embarked on the Seeds of HOPE Project. HOPE stands for Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement. The idea is quite simple. A packet of vegetable and fruit seeds shall be donated to farming families affected by the calamities. Each packet contains at least 10 types of vegetable seeds and 2 fruit seeds enough to start a 500 sq meter farm to support the basic needs of a family and some surplus to provide cash income.

YES Scholars from Region 6

Group pic during the screening process
Forty-two (42) individuals applied for the program but only twenty-nine (29) students qualified to pursue the two-year diploma course. They took the qualifying examination in Iloilo City last May 2014. The applicants went through an intensive screening process before qualifying to the program.

YES Scholars from Region 4B

Screening process
The recruitment process for Region IV-B was conducted on May 3-5 at ATI-RTC IV-B in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. Twenty-two (22) of the 33 aspirants qualified for the scholarship program.

Three months after the recruitment of the scholars, in-school period classes officially started on August 7 and ended on September 7, 2014. The scholars took their one-month in-school at ATI-RTC IV-B in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. The scholars took-up the subjects below.

YES Scholars from Region 2 and 3

Screening process
Last May 2014, 4-H members from provinces of Isabela, Quirino, Cagayan, and Nueva Vizcaya participated in the recruitment of scholars in Region II while aspiring 4-H members from Tarlac, Aurora, Pampanga, Bataan, and Nueva Ecija of Region III also participated on the recruitment process.

For Region II, 29 out of 73 applicants passed the qualifying process; while 12 out of 20 from Region III successfully made it through the screening process of recruitment. A total of 41 students officially made it to the registry of scholars being hosted by ATI - RTC II in San Mateo, Isabela.


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