Warm greetings from Working Hands Scholarship Foundation!
Workings Hands (WH) is a scholarship foundation that raises funds to send out-of-school youth to vocational training programs of Don Bosco Training Centers in the Philippines. Established in 1996 by young professionals as a concrete response to the papal visit of Manila in 1995. It pledged that it will support the less fortunate young people by providing them the opportunity to become young professionals also.
Your financial support will make a huge difference in their lives. They will now be able fulfill their dreams of pursuing a decent, regular and secured job and live very modest lives. More importantly, one out-of-school youth educated and assisted for employment through your generosity means one less would-be juvenile delinquent in our society.
Maraming-maraming Salamat PO! May the good Lord reciprocate your generosity and kindness, and we look forward to your continuous support.
Ofelia C.Bautista, President
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Ma. Regina Isada-Bundang, Corporate Secretary
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Marianita L. Ong, Executive Director
Tele Fax # (632) 846 9865
Mobile # 917 5877707
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OUR VISION & MISSION
Working Hands Scholarship Foundation Inc. (WHSFI) is committed to improving the life, maximizing the independence of marginalized youth and establishing their constructive roles in society. This is mainly accomplished through (but not limited to) providing vocational grants /scholarships and formation to out of school youth in different sectors of the country in an attempt to break the poverty cycle.
WHSFI envisions a manpower base of educated and well-trained young workers who, by way of being productive, responsibly contribute to nation building. Vocational training is just the first step, spiritual and value formation is needed to enable them to become living examples of Christ themselves in their respective communities.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Young Upbeat Professionals for Peace (YUPPEACE) -- a faith community formed in response to the challenge of St. John Paul II during his papal visit to Manila on the occasion of the 10th World Youth day, deciding to champion the most marginalized members of the Church of the Poor, established WHSFI in 1996 as it’s apostolate arm.
A non-stock, non-profit organization composed almost entirely of young professional volunteers, WHSFI is dedicated to providing skills training and formation to young out of school youth. Its first move was to establish an endowment fund to ensure at least an income to provide scholarships even during its lean months/years. Partnering with Don Bosco Training centers was the next logical step since the centers not only provided the skills, the formation and guidance; they have contacts with several technical establishments and were capable of placing their graduates with them to ensure immediate hiring.
The aim was not only to encourage professionals of like aspirations into more target specific goals but also to appeal to organizations in promoting development of society and peace awareness by assisting the younger, more marginalized elements among the public.
WHSFI Board of Trustees
- Ofelia C. Bautista - President
- Regina Isada Bundang – Corporate Secretary
- Evangeline Alianan-Bautista - Treasurer
- Dorothea Alcantara
- Xavier Alpasa, SJ
- Mita Angela Dimalanta
- Alex Richard Herrera
- Irma Japson
- Almi Rosalie O.Nuguid
- Marianita Ong – Executive Director
- Armand D. Robleza, SDB
- Ramon Santos
- Corazon Soriano
- Irene Sy - Auditor
Projects currently on going
- Scholarship/ vocational grants continue, specifically in Nueva Ecija and Naga City (as the primary beneficiaries of the employees of Planter’s Development Bank). Since it’s inception there have been about 524 scholars from different sectors in the country, mainly Electrician Technology, Automotive Tech, Agro and Auto Mechanics. About 90% have found jobs to date and are supporting their own families.
- Yuppeace – Calauan Projects include supporting the Happy Tummies Program, providing values formation as well as feeding for the young children in the Calauan relocation site (from along the Pasig River) as well as encouraging young professionals towards a sense of social responsibility and volunteerism. It handles about 400 children each month and is a venue to introduce CSR programs for companies who are interested in setting up their own. These Projects not only encourage the idea of active volunteerism among the professionals, it aspires to provide a wholistic, developmental picture of what pro-activity can do toward building up a society in general. A better understanding of society contributes to more responsible, compassionate employees.
- Young Adult formation. Still majorly relying on Volunteerism and realizing that advocacy and awareness were something to be nurtured, formation for the young professional adult has become part of our regular projects. This includes retreats and formation for the young beneficiaries of nearby tech centers as well. Ideally there will be more formation programs for the graduates of the technical courses.