Project Light-a-Dream makes the future brighter for underprivileged youth, adults

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One Meralco Foundation (OMF), the social development arm of Meralco, has partnered with Miriam College for Project Light-A-Dream in support of the academic institution’s night school for underserved adults and out-of-school-youth, the Miriam College Adult Education (MAE). 

Under the project, One Meralco Foundation will help subsidize tuition and fees, and give the scholars of MAE the opportunity to participate in capacity-building programs that are focused on leadership, employment and livelihood. The goal is to prepare them for occupations in various industries such as hotel and restaurant, automotive servicing and contact center services.  Currently, MAE offers Non-Graded Elementary and five-year High School academic programs, and various technical and vocational courses registered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). 

“We believe that education is one of the vital ingredients in building a solid nation. Through Project Light-A-Dream, we hope to help underprivileged youth and adults to boost their self-confidence, giving them the necessary capabilities to improve their lives and the people around them,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of Meralco and One Meralco Foundation. 

One of the beneficiaries of this new partnership is 30-year old Rolando Adraincem, currently a Grade 6 student at MAE. He entered the night school three years ago to learn how to read and write while working fulltime as a helper for a family in Provident Village. “Dati gusto kong mamasukan bilang driver pero alam kong hindi ako matatangap dito sa Maynila dahil  kailangan marunong kang magbasa at magsulat.  Dahil sa MAE, natuto ako at nagkaroon ako ng tiwala sa sarili ko. Malaki ang naging pagbabago sa sarili ko,” he shared. 

Rolando will be graduating soon and will go on to pursue high school, also in MAE. His is one of many heartwarming stories of triumph that MAE has produced since it was established by the Maryknoll Sisters in 1967. The school has been producing graduates who now have improved lives for themselves and their families because of better job opportunities offered to them after they graduate. 

“This new and exciting partnership is an expression of Miriam College and One Meralco Foundation’s deep commitment to their shared mission of helping build better, more productive and meaningful lives for underprivileged adults and youth.  We know that this joint engagement will be a resounding success,” said Dr. Rosario Lapus, President of Miriam College. 

Joining Pangilinan and Lapus, and Miriam College’s Board Chair Josefina N. Tan, in the MOA signing at Miriam College on November 26, 2012 are the OMF Board of Trustees, Meralco senior executives, members of the Miriam College Board of Trustees and administrators. 

Project Light-A-Dream was sparked by the fundraising initiatives of the Maryknoll College High School Batch 1972 for their homecoming event. It eventually evolved into a promising project and will be co-implemented by other Meralco corporate offices. 

One Meralco Foundation pledges itself to build the nation through CSR and sustainability programs centered on community development, community electrification, education, youth empowerment and environmental protection advocacies. Together with Meralco employees, the government, corporate and community partners, the Foundation helps make lives better and the nation stronger than ever.