We have to help them. We would not fulfill our mission if they are not employed.”
This was the response of Mr. Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Chairman of Hero Foundation, Inc. when its Executive Director, MGen. Victor V. Bayani, explained the financial situation of Arnel Aspe.
Arnel has been a scholar of Hero Foundation since his father, SSgt. Ariel Aspe was killed in action in Kalayaan, Laguna. He recently graduated Cum Laude with a degree in BS Civil Engineering from Laguna College. In May 2017, Arnel wrote to HERO Foundation hoping to get some assistance for him to complete the Civil Engineering Board Examinations. Though he was able to avail of a review centers’ services free of charge because he graduated with honors, his family still struggled with the expenses associated with the board examination, such as board and lodging, transportation, books and other review materials, among others. These were expenses the family could not afford as funds were allocated for an urgent medical operation Arnel’s brother had to undergo.
Recognizing the scholars’ exceptional academic performance and the much-needed support to tide him through the final stretch of his education, HERO provided Arnel additional financial assistance. This and many other ancillary services are provided by HERO to orphaned children of soldiers who are killed or incapacitated in the performance of their military duties.
Apart from the educational assistance given by HERO, the foundation also provides career and guidance counseling to ensure the holistic development of the scholars. It also helps orient the scholars of job trends and equips them with the right skills to prepare them for employment. Mr. Zobel de Ayala believes that for the foundation to be truly successful, the HERO scholars must be gainfully employed.
HERO also assists the scholars in securing on-the-job training and employment in partner companies to ensure that they become positive and productive individuals through the HERO program.
To know more about HERO Foundation, Inc. and how to help, visit HERO Foundation, Inc.’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HEROfoundationincorporated. For partnerships, contact Mauwi Villar at (02) 709-4186 or mauwi.villar@HEROFoundation.com.ph.