The partnership between Deutsche Bank and FCED Foundation was established in May 2009 when Deutsche Bank agreed to provide financial assistance to support the basic education of 300 urban poor children and youths situated in Paco and Pandacan, Manila. These children and youths belong to the poorest families whose parents are not able to work or are engaged in jobs with very low salaries. Yet, these children have shown remarkable enthusiasm to study and a good deal of potential to pursue and finish their education.
The funds cover the students’ educational fees, daily transportation, daily meal allowance, expenses for remedial classes, and emergency/medical funds when needed. The programme addresses not only with the students' academic development but also with their psychosocial, spiritual and total well-being. Thus, all beneficiaries and their parents are encouraged to attend the regular Values Education Sessions facilitated by FCED staff. Students are regularly monitored and supervised in their activities, both in school and in the community.
Marvin Tioson, currently a second year college student, is the one of the beneficiaries of the programme. He was orphaned when he was 14, leading him to self-isolate and eventually stop schooling in the third year of high school. Through the help of FCED social workers and the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC), Marvin underwent a series of counselling sessions, and at the same time, also went back to school to complete his studies. He is studying Computer Technology through the support of the Deutsche Bank-FCED Educational Assistance Programme, and actively participates in FCED’s Livelihood Program to sustain his other basic needs.
This year, the Deutsche Bank-FCED programme will see five underprivileged children graduating from universities, to start hopefully a life better than that of their parents'.