FOFI Inc. was established in December 2001 to address critical social and economic issues arising from the separation of families due to economic migration as a result of poverty and limited economic livelihood in the country. It was geared towards providing a web of support to disadvantaged/disenfranchised children by providing psychological guidance to help them deal with the separation from parents, and secondly, to provide an educational environment that would encourage achievement and promote responsible citizenship. The desire to uplift the plight of disadvantaged but deserving children by securing their social and moral welfare and development had been voiced several years prior to the launch of FOFI.
FOFI set itself to be a vehicle for the welfare of children, ultimately acting as catalyst, messenger, coordinator and facilitator in matching scholarships between students and schools. FOFI was instrumental in advocating, lobbying and endorsing the passing of the Absentee Voting Bill and Dual Citizenship Laws in the Philippines.
We welcome this very encouraging transition in FOFI’s legacy to be handed over to FEED’s new Board and mission from 2011 onwards. May the Philippines continue to grow and sustain its biodiversity in all aspects of the word, from our culture to people and environment.
Ofelia Bakker-Mananquil, President, FEED Inc.