Thursday, July 26, 2012

Slain soldier’s kin finds hope in Hero Foundation

NAGA CITY, July 23 (PIA) -- Twenty-four scholars in the Bicol Region share one fate with hundreds of orphaned children all over the country – they are all children of slain men in uniform killed in action.

The scholarships were facilitated by Help Educate and Rear Orphans or Hero Foundation, Inc., a non-stock, non-profit organization founded by former President Corazon C. Aquino in 1988.

Hero Foundation has been in existence for the past 24 years and has never waned in its commitment to provide educational assistance to the orphans of men in uniform.

In Camarines Sur, there are eight beneficiaries from Grades 2 to 4th year high school currently enrolled in Ragay Central School and Ragay Science and Math Oriented High School both in the municipality of Ragay, Colegio de Santisimo Rosario in Libmanan, Bato North Central School , Sta. Justina West Elementary School in Buhi, Iriga South Central School and University of Saint Anthony both in Iriga City and Pasacao Academy.

Scholars are also in different schools in Naga City, Camarines Norte, Albay, and Sorsogon.

Michelle Chan, Hero Foundation, Inc. director for Marketing and Resource Mobilization was in Naga to seek the city government’s help in raising the awareness of Bicolanos about the plight of these military orphans and encourage business sectors, schools, universities, organizations, and individuals secure the future of these orphans by supporting their advocacy.

“Come September, we will be in Naga for the activity cum fund-raising concert dubbed, "Saludo: A concert for Heroes!” We hope that Naga will really bring smiles to the face of our beneficiaries by giving their all out support in this endeavor,” Chan said in an interview.

Every year, Filipino soldiers are killed or incapacitated in line of duty. Based on Hero’s record, each fallen soldier leaves an average of three school-aged children . Hero’s mission is to provide educational assistance in the form of stipends to children or siblings of Filipino soldiers killed in action, or totally incapacitated due to combat action.

To date, 2, 261 scholars are benefiting from the Foundation, 888 of whom already graduated from college and 699 remain active scholars. Forty-one percent of the military orphans are in Mindanao, 33 percent in Luzon, 18 percent in the Visayas region, and only 8 percent from the National Capital Region.

“Hero aims to help more children obtain a college degree or a certificate in a vocational course through a consistent and secured education support from other stakeholders, particularly from individual with benevolent hearts,” Chan said in closing. 

Analiza S. Macatangay | Philippine Information Agency - Region 5 | July 23, 2012 | Link

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