Since 2014, graduates and trainees of UCPB Management Development Program (MDP) have donated funds to Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation (YBOH) to help provide boats and school supplies for indigent students who walk long distances or swim perilous rivers in isolated areas in the country everyday just to go to school.
YBOH started as a national movement in 2010 to provide a safer mode of transportation to children who lived in the mangrove village of Layag-Layag in Zamboanga City and had to swim to get to school everyday. To date, the foundation has built and distributed over 4,600 boats to more than 180 communities nationwide. The boats are also used by the parents to help improve their livelihood. It also provides other modes of transportation and structures such as boats, bridges and dormitories to help struggling children get to to school safe and sound. YBOH has since expanded to build and maintain a daycare center, classrooms and schools, conduct medical missions, and empower communities through environmental and livelihood programs.
MDP lecturer and SHINE JGNera Training Consultants Managing Director Jet G. Nera introduced the Foundation to the trainees who pooled their resources for the kids. “I am really glad that I was given the opportunity to share the story of the kids to our MDP trainees who gave generously out of the goodness of their hearts. They give hope to the children and their families whose dream is to improve their standard of living through education.”
Promo and Events Manager Sheela May Malimutin of MDP Batch 63 is grateful to UCPB for this opportunity. “Having a heart for the community is one of the lessons that I value the most as an MDP graduate. UCPB not only teaches us work skills but also life skills that help us serve our communities. I am glad that I had the opportunity to contribute in bringing hope to many of our less fortunate youth.”
Date published: March 26, 2019