Monthly Archives: October 2015

IMPACT OF OUR WORK

Since 1986, PIA has supported over 55,000 children and disbursed over $4,200,000 in scholarships and grants.

Education Programs

Philippines

• $276,300 distributed in 2015 for scholarships to keep kids in school
• 2,400 children supported in 2015
• partnerships with 16 NGOs based in the Philippines

United States

• $41,300 in scholarships for low-income Bay Area students of Filipino heritage to pursue a college education supported by Wells Fargo Bank
• $48,000 disbursed to support Filipino American initiatives covering cultural immersion, gang prevention, mental health education and technology training for veterans.

IMPACT OF OUR WORK

Since 1986, PIA has supported over 55,000 children and disbursed over $4,200,000 in scholarships and grants.

Education Programs

Philippines

• $276,300 distributed in 2015 for scholarships to keep kids in school
• 2,400 children supported in 2015
• partnerships with 16 NGOs based in the Philippines

United States

• $41,300 in scholarships for low-income Bay Area students of Filipino heritage to pursue a college education supported by Wells Fargo Bank
• $48,000 disbursed to support Filipino American initiatives covering cultural immersion, gang prevention, mental health education and technology training for veterans.

IMPACT OF OUR WORK

Since 1986, PIA has supported over 55,000 children and disbursed over $4,200,000 in scholarships and grants.

Education Programs

Philippines

• $276,300 distributed in 2015 for scholarships to keep kids in school
• 2,400 children supported in 2015
• partnerships with 16 NGOs based in the Philippines

United States

• $41,300 in scholarships for low-income Bay Area students of Filipino heritage to pursue a college education supported by Wells Fargo Bank
• $48,000 disbursed to support Filipino American initiatives covering cultural immersion, gang prevention, mental health education and technology training for veterans.

IMPACT OF OUR WORK

Since 1986, PIA has supported over 55,000 children and disbursed over $4,200,000 in scholarships and grants.

Education Programs

Philippines

  • $276,300 distributed in 2015 for scholarships to keep kids in school
  • 2,400 children supported in 2015
  • partnerships with 16 NGOs based in the Philippines

United States

  • $41,300 in scholarships for low-income Bay Area students of Filipino heritage to pursue a college education supported by Wells Fargo Bank
  • $48,000 disbursed to support Filipino American initiatives covering cultural immersion, gang prevention, mental health education and technology training for veterans.

Jovan Mello

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Jovan Mello

Hello, my name is Jovan Mello.

As long as I can remember, helping the kids through PIA has been part of my life. My grandmother Dr. Ruth Hill has been participating in PIA before I was born. When I was four years old, my mom and I decided to get involved. My mom would always tell me that we would be committed to helping these kids until they graduated from high school, which to me seemed like forever.

Our first kids were Kassandra and Dan Ed. My mom would share their letters and cards with me. The cards were sometimes written in English, and the other times in Tagalog, which I couldn’t understand. The kids were always grateful for our help, but what I liked most was when they would share their goals and dreams of the future with us. I felt like I got to know them over time, almost like they were part of our family.

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Kassandra Baliguat
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Dan Ed Belleza

When I was six, we went to the Philippines with my grandmother and had a chance to meet her kids and ours. 

We met with the kids, their parents and social workers at Rizal Park in Manila. We visited and took some pictures with them (as you see here). Afterwards, we invited them to lunch at the closest restaurant we could find which was a Jollibee. I will never forget how quiet the kids were, and how carefully they ate their food. We found out later that the reason the kids were so shy, and careful with their food, was because they had never eaten in a restaurant before. I remember finding that so hard to believe, since I had eaten in restaurants all my life.

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The scholars at Rizal Park

A couple of years ago Dan Ed graduated from high school and finished the program, and I am very happy to say, Kassandra just graduated high school this year as well.

We now have two new kids, Jonathan Acol, and a deaf boy named Stephen Gatalado. We began helping Stephen on the day of the PIA fashion show last year, after hearing how the struggle is harder for these children.

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Jonathan Acol
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Stephen Getalado

I feel very fortunate that I have grown up with PIA in my life.I am very confident in saying that as long as PIA is here to help the children, my Mom and I will be involved. We know our money is really going directly to help the children with schooling, because we have seen it for ourselves. 

Alexa Altamirano

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Alexa Altamerano

My name is Alexa Altamirano and I am a junior at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco.

Growing up, my parents would tell me that many children in the Philippines aren’t as fortunate as I am. 

When I was 11 years old, I attended my first PIA event. I was so touched by their cause that I felt compelled to help in any way that I can. I didn’t realize that for 40  cents a day, I could fund a kid’s education for an entire year. I saved my allowance, Christmas and birthday gifts so I could donate to PIA. I started getting letters from a girl named Nica Mae Mayor from Zapote, Las Piñas City. After reading her heartfelt thank you letters and updates on her progress in school, I realized how much a small amount could go a long way. I didn’t know that even at 11 years old, I could make a difference in someone’s life. After 5 years of sponsoring, I feel so proud and happy to have been able to give someone the gift of education and I plan to continue for many years to come. Please find it in your hearts to support the poor children of the Philippines and encourage others to do the same.

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Nica Mae Mayor

Ashley Abaya

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Ashley Abaya

Hi, my name is Ashley Abaya, I’m 12 years old and a 7th grader at Valley Christian Junior High. 

Angela Faye Manimtim is the child I sponsor. She is 14 years old. She is in the the 9th grade at Ramon Magsaysay High School. Angela is the second child that I have sponsored.

Sponsoring a child is important to me because I am giving someone the opportunity to learn and to have a better future. I get excited when I get letters from her in the mail. Sponsoring a child makes me feel good because I know that I’m making a difference in someone’s life. Thank you!

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Angela Faye during kindergarten
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Angela Faye today

Association Compassion Asian Youth – Tacloban

Child-Tacloban-2015

PIA has facilitated funds worth $12,563 for Associated Compassion Asian Youth’s (ACAY) projects in Tacloban (Play Center, Training for Volunteer Mothers and Educational Assistance).

ACAY responded last December through conducting psychological debriefing sessions to the disaster victims. These activities took place in 2 evacuation centers in Tacloban: Astrodome and Rizal School. They were also conducted in Barangay Sta. Cruz in Tanuan, Leyte. ACAY also trained 10 teachers of San Joaquin elementary school in Palo, Leyte.

ACAY went back to Barangay Sta. Cruz in Tanauan Leyte. The team was welcomed warmly by the residents, waving their hands and shouting our names. We felt the warm welcome of the people both young and old. With the agreement of the Barangay Captain, a profiling was conducted in order to determine the needs.

The three top concerns of the people are:

1. Housing
2. Livelihood
3. Processing the trauma they experiences during Typhoon Yolanda.

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Barangay Sta. Cruz (Photo by Mona Lisa Yuchengco)
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The multi-purpose hall in Barangay Sta. Cruz (Photo by Mona Lisa Yuchengco)
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The barangay captain (Photo by Mona Lisa Yuchengco)

PREDA Foundation’s Conduct of Child Protection Seminars and Psychosocial Therapeutic Sessions for Survivors

Father Shay with the children of PREDA Foundation

PIA approved a grant of $5,000 for PREDA Foundation’s Conduct of Child Protection Seminars and Psychosocial Therapeutic Sessions for Survivors.

This vulnerability of the children to trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation is made worse by the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. While everyone in the typhoon-affected areas is in dire need for relief aid, the children are the most affected. With both or one of their parents dead, they are threatened by malnutrition and abduction and face a bleak future.

These children need our special attention and direct intervention to save them from child traffickers and pedophiles. Under the pretext of helping the children, traffickers can lure them into urban centers or worse they can be abducted and sold to pedophiles.

There is an urgent need for community-based information and education campaigns in the disaster-stricken areas in Samar and Leyte where as a result of the devastation poverty is aggravated and people are desperate for jobs. These factors, among others, create an environment that can be exploited by traffickers who may pose as government or charity workers. 

Click to visit PREDA’s website!