Stirring change, hope with volunteerism

Second year of Convergys’ Give a Bag of Hope makes waves as employees double contributions to raise PHP 18 million


Monday, November 14, 2016 11:03 am EST


MANILA, Philippines
"GABOH provided us the chance to share and give back, so that young Filipino students get an opportunity to  experience decent quality school resources that they deserve. It’s great to be able to do it year after year."

Education is a great equalizer, allowing the poorest of the poor to attain the same dreams as the affluent. It opens doors where none previously existed, and changes lives not only of families, but of generations.

Believing in the power of education and aiming to help alleviate a major cause of school drop-outs which is the lack of school supplies, Convergys launched Give a Bag of Hope (GABOH) in 2015, and with its success, implemented the program again in 2016. The employee-driven initiative that provides “bags of hope” with school supplies to elementary pupils in partner public schools nationwide, now includes books and storytelling sessions.

Now on Year 2, more than 33,000 schoolchildren in 40 public schools nationwide were given bags of hope. Over 42,000 Convergys employees contributed raising a total of P18 million, a twofold increase from the proceeds raised in 2015. Convergys bags of hope contained almost 90,000 assorted books and supplies.

“It’s inspiring to see our employees demonstrate one of the company’s core values, ‘Serve the Community’. Through our people, we have succeeded in leveraging our employment scale and volunteerism to help Filipino school children across the country be able to continue studying. This is our way of investing in their future, and supporting truly inclusive development,” said Convergys President for Asia-Pacific Ivic Mueco.

Employees also visited the schools to distribute the bags and hold storytelling sessions with the children. Despite coming from unusual work shifts, Convergys employees across the country were all enlivened to make thousands of children smile with the “bags of hope”.

Here’s a few examples from some Convergys locations in the metro:

Taytay Elementary, Ampid Elementary, and La Huerta Elementary Schools
(Convergys Shaw)

Taytay Elementary School and Ampid Elementary School were among Convergys’ partners, particularly selected by Convergys Shaw. The site even added a third partner, La Huerta Elementary School in Las Pinas. More than 3,300 bags of hope were given by the site employees.

Anne Dignadice, a Convergys Senior Operations Manager and GABOH volunteer, added, “GABOH provided us the chance to share and give back, so that young Filipino students get an opportunity to  experience decent quality school resources that they deserve. It’s great to be able to do it year after year.”

Niugan Elementary School (Convergys North Edsa)

Convergys North EDSA employees, on the other hand, visited Niugan Elementary School in Malabon. It is near the Tullahan River, which often overflows during the rainy season, affecting the mostly indigent children and their teachers. Employees also visited Camarin D Elementary School and Caritas. In total, 1,600 bags of hope were provided by the site.

Commonwealth Elementary School (Convergys UP Technohub 1)

Convergys UP Technohub 1 employees visited Commonwealth Elementary School. Among those who received the bags of hope were special needs children who were enrolled in the Special Education program of the school. A total of 1,250 bags of hope were distributed.

Mark Rivera, an employee volunteer and Employee Engagement Specialist from the site, said, “GABOH enabled us to get a glimpse of what we can do for others. Now, employees from our site plan to extend support to the school and the SPED children outside the GABOH project. We plan to start this December for our site’s Make-A-Wish CSR project.”

Give a Bag of Hope 2 was more than just the donation and distribution of school supplies. It enabled Convergys employees to make a difference in their own personal way, and serve as an inspiration for kids to continue moving forward in pursuit of their dreams.

The Give a Bag of Hope campaign is part of Convergys’ commitment to sustain volunteerism among its employees and contribute to positive change in the areas where it operates.

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Students are all happy to receive their bags of hope.