Every child has the potential to shine. Initiated by Deutsche Knowledge Services in the Philippines in 2009, Rock-Ed is based on the belief that music plays a key role in empowering children while they discover their musical talent. Every week, working with Childhope Philippines, 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 programme has since evolved into a Mobile Music School which reaches 100 street children every week.
Childhope Philippines is a non-profit organisation involved in promoting the welfare of street children, working toward liberating them from the suffering caused by working and living on the streets.
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.
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.