Kariton Klasrum Program Receives IBM Grant

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the award of a ‘Catalyst Grant’ to support volunteer activities of a team of its employees at the "Kariton Klasrum" (Pushcart Classroom) program. Kariton Klasrum is an educational program and advocacy to bring the classroom to the streets with the use of pushcarts.
The program is a project of the Dynamic Teen Company (DTC), founded and headed by Efren Peñaflorida - winner of the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Award.

The USD 10,000 grant will be used to fund the actual “Kariton Klasrum” Program costs for training the teachers, procuring learning tools like desktop computers, and other supplies needed to improve curriculum/learning methods. Part of the funds will go to the maintenance of DTC’s facility, pushcart classrooms, library, computer laboratory and activity area.

“We are honored and very happy about the successful collaboration between Kariton Kalsrum and IBM volunteers,” said Efren Penaflorida, Founder of Kariton Klasrum program and the Dynamic Teen Company. “The many unfortunate Filipino kids will certainly benefit from this grant and it will allow the Kariton Kalsrum to continue providing education to many street children in the country.”

IBM volunteers have been involved with the "Kariton Klasrum" Program since early this year, supporting its mission to make a small, yet significant difference in the lives of unschooled, labor-exploited and neglected street children. IBM employee volunteers devoted personal time to teach kids from slum areas who have no access to education, basic hygiene and sometimes, even love from their families.

To date, over 100 IBMers have already volunteered, rendering more or less 1,200 community service hours from March to June 2011 in the poor areas of Cavite City.

IBM participates in numerous volunteer opportunities in local communities in an effort to apply IBMers’ professional skills to support and aid in local issues. The program, designed for employees, retirees and business partners, was put in place to lend time and support to local community organizations during the company’s Centennial year.

"IBM has a deep 100-year heritage of making substantive contribution to communities. We are pleased that as we approach our 75th anniversary in the Philippines next year, our local employees have stepped up in giving back to the community by applying their professional skills for social causes,” said Chestnut Andaya, Country Manager for Marketing, Communications, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM Philippines.

The Dynamic Teen Company (DTC) is a group of concerned young people with a mission of making a small yet significant difference in other people’s lives, particularly the small children in slum areas who have no access to education, basic hygiene and sometimes, even love from their families.

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