SPi Global tallies 38,990 volunteer hours for youth and education

By Joseph C. Cueto


Happy and enthusiastic youth beneficiaries highlight
CSR Day 2013 activities in Dumaguete.


Recently, SPi Global, the Philippines’ most recognized business process outsourcing (BPO) company, showed that one good CSR Day run deserves another.

In 2012, the company embarked on its first global CSR (corporate social responsibility) day program that benefitted almost 8,000 kids worldwide and raised 18,000 employee volunteer hours, thanks to the enthusiastic response of employees across all 20 global locations. All these in one day.

This year, CSR Day 2013, achieved even more awe-inspiring results. The event, held in March , was originally expected to generate 25,000 employee volunteer hours from 24 sites in the Philippines, India, Vietnam, and the US with the noble objective of making a difference in the lives of 10,000 underprivileged children.

In the end, SPi Global employees clocked in 38,990 hours in just 24 hours. It was another demonstration of the employees’ “Power to Inspire”, which is also the theme of the event.

The program benefited 13,400 kids worldwide through CSR projects all focused on youth welfare and education. These included various outreach projects that involved school rehabilitation , literacy classes, computer training, leadership training, arts and sports activities, medical mission, donation of computers and books, feeding programs, and other youth-oriented activities.

 

Malasakit lives on

“We are proud that a lot of our employees supported our second CSR Day. I commend them for working hard to make this day a successful one. Despite the weather, distance, time, and numerous challenges we encountered, we persevered and succeeded. It’s because of their efforts, malasakit lives on,” said SPi Global President and CEO Maulik Parekh.

Maulik cited what made this day a memorable experience.

“More than the hours that we have dedicated, it was the quality time spent with the children that truly made this day special. I witnessed and was deeply touched by the many little acts of kindness we all performed,” added Maulik.



SPi Global President and CEO Maulik Parekh, sharing a fun moment with kids,
lead 23 sites in the Philippines, India, Vietnam, and the US in making a difference
in the lives of 10,000 underprivileged children for CSR Day 2013.

 

Add to that the time-topping accomplishment completed by SPi Global volunteers.

Maulik said exceeding the target of 25,000 hours this year was a big achievement for the organization.

International effort

Maulik, along with other top executives of the company, took the time to visit various sites in Metro Manila to help the employees implement or launch their projects. Other executives made the rounds in international sites, too, leading their respective teams in executing their programs.

Ten sites in the Philippines actively participated in various programs. Partners include Sr. Juan Gutierrez Memorial School in Calamba, Laguna; La Huerta Elementary School in Parañaque; Nueve de Febrero Elementary School in Mandaluyong City; Dynamic Teen Company of CNN 2009 Hero of Year Efren Peñaflorida and the kids belonging to the Championing Community Children (C3); National Children’s Hospital in Manila; Virlanie Foundation; Boys Social Home & Cottages and Foundling Home and Girls Social Home in Boystown Marikina; out-of-school youth in Makati City; Sibulan Elementary School, Sibulan National High School, Sacsac Elementary School, and Balugo Elementary School in Dumaguete; and Guimbal National High School, Guimbal Central Elementary School, Oton National High School, Oton Central Elementary School, La Paz National High School, La Paz II Elementary School, Iloilo National High School, and Molo II Elementary School in Iloilo City.

Employee volunteers in India also went to schools and orphanages. They helped and inspired children with special needs, underprivileged children, and the coastal communities of Chennai and Pondicherry. There were lectures on math, yoga, spoken English and personal hygiene at government schools, lecture on morals, and personal hygiene for underprivileged children, sports events, health camps, scribing for the visually-impaired, and spreading the message of caring for the environment through beach and coastal clean-up.

Spirit of giving

In the US, SPi Global employees in Tinley Park, Skokie and Springfield brought their CSR Day activities in hospitals and shelters. They conducted a gently used clothing drive and distributed magazines, toiletry packets, laundry packets, knitting caps and scarves, and play kits.

The spirit of giving spread over to Vietnam where employees cheered up 107 kid patients with kiddie treats, games and donation of school supplies at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion. The site also participated in Pink Spring 2013 Festival, a blood donation festival, held in Hanoi.



Employee volunteers in Vietnam bring cheer to the kids at the
National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT).


There were many different experiences and stories to tell. But for the SPi Global family, it was a shared experience for everyone that even the simplest of kind deeds can change lives for the better.

Malasakit truly lives on beyond our organization,” said Maulik.



Children in a school in India enjoy the story-telling sessions and other fun activities
organized by employee volunteers.