Talk of tech with a cause. Dell Philippines has earmarked Php16 million in donations to long-term charitable partners ChildHope Asia Philippines, Inc. (CHAP) and Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. (CJFI).
The donation is part of Dell’s global Youth Learning program, which is implemented by the company with 62 partners in 15 countries with the aim to to increase access to technology and education for underserved youth.
Speaking at the ceremonial turn-over of the grant, Richard Teo, president of Dell Philippines reinforced the company’s commitment to empower the youth through education. “Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. Enabling them to gain proficiency in technology skills is Dell’s way of contributing meaningfully to the development of a generation that will be ready for the future,” Teo said. “We are pleased to be leading the charge in giving Filipino youth access to education and technology through our continued partnerships with CHAP and CJFI.”
CHAP organization gives poverty-stricken youth access to educational opportunities outside a traditional school setting.
Through this additional grant, Metro Manila’s street children can benefit from Alternative and Basic Education, Computer Literacy, Vocational Technology and Service Skills Training classes.
An additional mobile education van equipped with a TV monitor, projector and 10 laptops will be deployed to reach more than 1,000 street children from six cities namely Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Pasay, Makati and Parañaque, which will enhance the children’s learning and facilitate classes even during rainy days.
CJFI has been a recipient of Dell grant and technology solutions for almost a decade. Dell’s donation this year will enable CJFI to enhance its Empowering Children and Youth through Computer Literacy Program, giving them the means reach more children and cover all grade levels in elementary and high school, including out of school youth.
From seven center-based computer laboratories and one mobile computer lab, it will expand to eight center-based computer laboratories and three mobile computer labs in an effort to reach communities in the countryside.
The mobile computer laboratories are expected to impact over 10,000 children as it travels to depressed communities to provide free access to computer education and a sophisticated computer laboratory.
CJFI will set up a center-based computer laboratory in Davao City, equipped with 20 Dell PCs run by a Dell server using thin client solution.
In addition to the above, Dell’s employees regularly do volunteer work with children in these two organizations. To date, Dell Philippines team members have volunteered more than 3,400 hours, mainly with CHAP and CJFI, to supporting technology education and other life skills.