MicroSourcing becomes a bigger part of My Dream in a Shoebox, a Christmas tradition of giving shoeboxes filled with school supplies to public school students, by joining for the second year in a row with a bigger sum of donations.
My Dream in a Shoebox is a campaign that has been running for four years under the leadership of the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) and TeamAsia, a renowned marketing firm, in partnership with other organizations like Children’s Hour and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The overall goal of the program is to contribute to the education of Filipino children by donating simple materials for school, computers, and resources for new classrooms.
This Christmas, MicroSourcing donated a total of 364 shoeboxes with school supplies, Php68,400 in cash to build classrooms through the Department of Educations’ Bayanihang Pampaaralan program, and 10 computers for the use of under-resourced public schools. To acknowledge the generosity of its employees, MicroSourcing matched in-kind donations with a value of Php100 for each shoebox and doubled cash donations raised by employees. In Christmas 2011, 300 shoeboxes and Php14,000 was donated to the cause.
To officially turn over donations to recipient schools, BPAP and Team Asia organized a gift-giving ceremony at Mother of Divine Providence Parish in Payatas, Quezon City on December 14, 2012 where they were joined by MicroSourcing representatives, other sponsors and BPAP members, and Payatas Orione Foundation volunteers. The program started with games and activities facilitated by a Ronald McDonald mascot, followed by dance presentations of students and teachers. Shoeboxes were then distributed by volunteers and representatives from outsourcing companies and other sponsor organizations. The event closed with words of gratitude from Fr. Martin Mroz, Executive Director of Payatas Orione Foundation. Students who attended the ceremony are talented scholars of Payatas Orione Foundation and their new school supplies will help them continue to do well in school.
For 2012, BPAP and TeamAsia aims to donate 10,000 shoeboxes, 500 computers and laptops, and Php2 million for the Bayanihang Pampaaralan program. The shoeboxes are currently at 8,000 and with the donation drive commencing until the second week of January, BPAP and TeamAsia are confident that they will reach their targets.