You Reap What You Sow: Educational Assistance at its Finest
Basic Education and Literacy has been at the forefront of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus and so too, for the finest gentlemen of the Rotary Club of Manila, the First in Asia, whose resolve to assist financially challenged, but, intellectually gifted graduating college students of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, had been an overwhelming passion in seeking to make a difference in the lives of our people.
A centennial celebration project envisioned by PE/Dir. Susing Pineda saw the creation of the Rotary Club of Manila Educational Assistance Program (REAP) chaired by PVP Roy Golez and co-chaired by Rtn. Romy Nones. REAP will benefit one hundred (100) graduating students equally divided between the two universities. While these graduating students already enjoy scholarship status at their respective universities, daily subsistence has certainly posed as a challenge to completing their baccalaureate degrees and with an educational assistance of TWO THOUSAND PESOS (Php 2,000.00) per student per month for a period of twelve months, the future of our country will certainly be in the hands of capable leaders we could depend upon. This noble centennial project hit the ground running in two occasions where respective accords had been concluded with the concerned parties. Last April 25, 2018, the Board of Directors and Officers of the Rotary Club of Manila led by PE/Dir. Susing Pineda signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila led by University President Dr. Leonora Vasquez-de Jesus and Chairman Dr. Benjamin Espiritu in the presence of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada at the Manila City Hall in Manila. Two days later, April 27, 2018, the same board of directors and officers led by PE/Dir. Susing Pineda signed a similar Memorandum of Agreement with Polytechnic University of the Philippines led by University President Dr. Emanuel de Guzman at the Conference Room of the same university in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
In the light of the above, PE/Dir. Susing Pineda requests and earnestly appeals to each and every Manila Rotarian to support this worthwhile project and undertake to ADOPT-A-STUDENT by committing TWO THOUSAND PESOS (Php 2,000.00) per student per month for a period of twelve months beginning school year 2018-2019 as we all endeavor to make 100 dreams come true in celebration of the 100 Years of Asia’s First Rotary Club as well as the Rotary movement in the Philippines and in Asia.