Every child has the right to basic education. Families and Children for Empowerment and Development Foundation (FCED) seeks to empower the children of the urban poor in the slum areas in Manila by providing educational assistance.
As part of Born to Be, Deutsche Bank works with FCED to provide financial assistance to 259 disadvantaged children in Manila, enabling them to gain access to quality education and empower them to break out of the poverty cycle. The funds cover the students’ educational fees, daily transportation, daily meal allowance, expenses for remedial classes, medical funds when needed. The programme addresses not only with the students' academic development but also with their psychosocial, spiritual and total well-being.
Every child has the potential to shine. Initiated in 2009 by Deutsche Knowledge Services, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank in the Philippines, Rock-Ed is based on the belief that learning music and dance builds confidence, self-esteem and raises aspirations. Every week, Deutsche Bank volunteers spent their Saturday introducing Manila’s street children to the wonders of music, with lessons spanning guitar, bass, piano, drums, dance and vocals. The children got a healthy meal and the opportunity to talk to Childhope, a non-government organisation which runs an outreach education programme that offers help with getting off the street. The children looked forward to Saturdays, when they could put aside their troubles. But there were rules they had to follow. If they used drugs or were involved in crime, they were banned from the programme. That may sound tough but it encouraged self-discipline. Their school attendance improved. Those who have come through the programme have gone on to higher education and full-time employment. The children perform at events around Manila – raising the profile of street children. There are bands that have emerged from the programme that are recording music and playing gigs. Music has been truly life-changing for the Rock-Ed street children.
Today the programme has evolved into a mobile music school which reaches 100 street children every week. Past participants have returned as music instructors, passing on their music knowledge and new found values to a new group of children. Deutsche Bank funds the mobile school as part of its Born to Be programme because music can help this group of Manila’s street children become who they were born to be.
Purple Centers Foundation (PCF) aims to improve the quality of life in the Philippines' poorest communities, and to end child labour through a holistic programme which includes education, health, nutrition and social work intervention.
As part of Born to Be, Deutsche Bank supports the education of 38 children who are part of the PCF Choir. The majority of these children live and work in the Smokey Mountain Landfill in Manila. They all dream for a better life in the future and hold on to education as their only hope to get out of poverty. As they strive to realise their dreams, their singing provides a reprieve from the harsh realities they live with.
Through the Deutsche Bank support, these children receive full education subsidy, two meals a day, school bus service, and medical assistance.