Sunday, January 13, 2013

Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Training Program (LSE 15 and LSE 16) starts on February 23 and 24

Enrollment starts from January 14 to February 15, 2013

An empowerment program for overseas Filipinos, the Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (LSE) Training Program spearheaded by the Consortium on Migration and Development Council (MDC) was launched in Hong Kong on July 15, 2012 at the Philippine Consulate.

The LSE Program is a joint initiative of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Government (ASoG) with the Overseas Filipinos Society for the Promotion of Economic Security (OFSPES), the Social Enterprises Development Partnerships Inc. (SEDPI),  the Philippine Consulate General Hong Kong (SAR), the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). In Hong Kong, the NGO partners for LSE 12 were WIMLER Foundation HK and Project Be.

The LSE was first conducted in Rome, Italy in 2008 and has since reached out to other overseas Filipinos (OFs) in Naples, Milan, Florence and Turin. By April 2013, over 500 would have graduated from 14 batches. The LSE15 and LSE 16 in Hong Kong are following the successful LSE 12 which was the first LSE ever conducted outside Italy. The program has been further expanded to Dubai. Also launched in October 2012 was the first LSE program for the families of OFs based in the Philippines which is called the Financial Literacy, Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Training Program (FLSE).

The LSE 15 (starts February 23) and LSE 16 (starts February 24) programs cover 13 sessions each, two Saturdays or Sundays per month over a six-month period. Sessions last from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The program covers three modules: financial literacy, leadership and social entrepreneurship. The LSE aims to develop the leadership skills and potentials among overseas Filipinos and their families, provide knowledge and skills in savings and investments and other financial matters and develop and/or enhance their entrepreneurial skills. The two courses will be coordinated in Hong Kong by WIMLER Foundation and some graduates of LSE12.

A certificate is awarded by the ASoG and other partners to trainees who attend all the sessions at a graduation ceremony at the end of the course.

Participation fee is HK$60/session or HK$ 780 for the whole course for migrant domestic workers (those who are receiving Minimum Allowable Wage - MAW - or not more than HK$ 5,000/month) and HK$120/session or HK$ 1,560 for non-migrant domestic workers payable on the following terms:

In two installments  HK$ 390/780 to be paid on or before February 23/24, 2013 and HK$ 390/780 to be paid on or before May 11/12, 2013 (Session 6). Admission to the course is on “first come, first served basis” and those who have paid full or partial payment before February 23, 2013 and met the admission requirements.

Application forms should be sent to  Attn: Leila Rispens-Noel not later than February 15, 2013.

Payment can also be done through bank transfer to:

Account Number:  801-079963-838
Bank: HSBC Hong Kong
BIC code bank (SWIFT address): HSBCHKHHHKH
Bank Address: 1 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong (SAR)

Kindly send copy of remittance slip to: with reference number and name of sender.
Or by crossed check payable to WIMLER FOUNDATION HONG KONG LTD. and mail it to:

P.O. BOX 6688

Inquiries on the program can be obtained from the following:

(LSE HK Secretariat):
Anna Martinez:  Mobile - +852 93062105
Joey Ortega:      Mobile - + 852 6087-8000

Or per email: Attn.: Leila Rispens-Noel

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Friday, January 4, 2013

WIMLER distributes children’s books in two schools in Mlang, North Cotabato

MLANG, NORTH COTABATO - Some schools in the Philippines have no adequate books to step up the learning process of the children like in the case of Mlang Pilot Elementary School and Dugong Elementary School. Both schools are located in Mlang, North Cotabato on the southern island of Mindanao.  In fact, the school in Dugong has no library at all while the books at  the Pilot School are inadequate and mostly antiquated.

Thanks to the ten boxes of books donated by the World Bank Family Network which was facilitated by Evelyn Laguidao of Washington, D.C. and the three boxes from various donors in Hong Kong collected by Emilie Veringa from Quarry Bay School, Celeste Murphy from her friends in Sai Kung, and SWIFT APAC, the children in these two schools finally have access to books. Afreight sponsored the shipment of two boxes from Hong Kong. The distribution of the books was spearheaded by WIMLER Philippines, the sister foundation of WIMLER HK. All the people who help out with the distribution are all WIMLER volunteers.

Leila Rispens-Noel and Luz Tan of WIMLER HK, Melot Balisalisa, Alpha Lajato, Ana Marie Noel of WIMLER Philippines, school principals, school district supervisor, Roger Cordero Mlang Municipal Administrator, Mr. Cyrel Defensor, teachers, parents, and WIMLER scholars of the two schools attended the two separate turn-over ceremonies which were held last December 17.

“WIMLER hopes that through these books, the disadvantaged pupils would be able to widen their skills and knowledge. With these books, the children are encouraged to read which is important in improving their literacy skills.” said Leila Rispens-Noel, director and co-founder of WIMLER Foundation Hong Kong.

WIMLER Foundation HK’s objective of this activity is to equip the schools whose pupils are mostly from low-income groups to fortify their libraries. Parents of these pupils hardly earn US$ 2.00 a day that buying books is a real luxury. Thirty-five pupils in Dugong Elementary School and forty pupils in Mlang Pilot Elementary School are recipients of educational support of Send a Child to School project of WIMLER and hopes that through the books donation, other children can also be served.

In return, Mlang Pilot Elementary School awarded WIMLER Philippines and WIMLER HK with certificates of appreciation for their contribution to improve the learning process of the pupils.

WIMLER will continue with its book drive to reach more disadvantaged children in other places. For more information and if you have new or gently-used books to donate, please contact:

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