‘Lahat ng bata ay pagasa’: The De La Salle Brothers, Inc. officially launched Tulong Lasalyano to mitigate issues on livelihood, nutrition and health, resilience, community development, and safety and security.
Tulong Lasalyano Partners’ Night was held last April 30, 2022 in La Salle Green Hills to commemorate the official launch of its program and website. The event began with a eucharistic celebration led by Fr. Flavie Villanueva, SVD and was followed by a program to highlight the efforts provided by its partner organizations.
At the core of Tulong Lasalyano is the mission to ensure that children’s lives are full of hope and cherished possibilities. Whether it be through quality education or through initiatives such as disaster relief and nutrition activities, Tulong Lasalyano will continue to be at the forefront of advocating for the youth, championing La Salle's time-honored tradition of serving the young and the financially disadvantaged.
Mr. Reigner Sanchez, Deputy Executive Director, introduced the five programs comprising Tulong Lasalyano—Education in Emergencies (EIE), Hunger to Hope, Kada Uno, KAPeTAL School of Business, and the Lasallian Volunteer Program (LSVP).
The Education in Emergencies program aims to provide quality learning for people in conflict- and disaster-stricken areas. The group has worked with the people affected by the siege in Marawi since 2017. EIE aims to extend efforts in providing Maranaws with knowledge and skills for livelihood and employment, quality education for children, opportunities for vocational and industrial training, and support their overall well-being. Most recently, it provided psychological first aid sessions for the people affected by Typhoon Odette in the municipality of Del Carmen, Surigao Del Norte last April 2022.
The Hunger to Hope program aims to mitigate hunger and promote proper nutrition through food distribution and feeding programs. The group has been active since the pandemic in providing meals to the homeless and supporting community pantries. To ensure sustainability, this program coordinates with De La Salle Araneta University’s Salikneta Farm for the procurement and distribution of fresh produce to local communities.
Through Kada Uno, the organization helps out those individuals and communities affected by calamities through disaster relief and rehabilitation. In 2021, Tulong Lasalyano coordinated the relief operations for Typhoons Maring and Odette and the fire victims of Brgy. San Isidro in Antipolo.
KAPeTAL School of Business stems from De La Salle Philippines’ program focusing on financial aid distributions for the needy. To sustain this effort, this program goes beyond monetary support as it involves close involvement in value formation, financial management, business identification and online selling methods. This initiative offers guidance from livelihood consultants and mentors who work closely with families residing in informal settlements and families of extrajudicial killing (EJK) victims. In partnership with Spark YES and St. Arnold Janssen KALINGA Center, they have conducted online and face-to-face training. Currently, they wish to extend support to Sinagtala Children and Youth Center to provide training for the street-dweller mothers of Blumentritt and Binondo.
The Lasallian Volunteer Program actively advocates for youth empowerment and community building through leadership programs, community-building activities, spiritual formation, and livelihood programs. Their educational projects are primarily for the youth-at-risk, indigenous people and children with special needs (SPED) while their environment projects consist of coastal cleanups, waste segregation, and disaster risk reduction programs.
To recognize the partner organizations’ efforts, the team handed out a token of appreciation designed by the AJ Kalinga Foundation, Kristo ng Kariton, which embodies their purpose of service for the children.
The event was concluded with a performance of Rosas by the Federation of Persons with Disability. This manifested the mission of Tulong Lasalyano—to build a hopeful future for the children.
Interested donors can access Tulong Lasalyano’s website and scan the QR code which directs to local and international payment channels. Donors can choose which program they want to support.
For more information, visit the www.tulonglasalyano.ph or @tulongls at Facebook and Instagram.