Makati, 15 December 2010. For the most part of 2010, aside from providing scholarships to deserving children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), who’s presence and organisation(s) began to sprawl and blossom through OFW networking and the establishment of OFW businesses around the world, resulting in OFW communities experiencing a significant and positive shift and strengthening in their social, political and economic positions and voices.
Throughout 2010, the Board of FOFI (FEED’s former predecessor)* began shifting its focus towards education & environment, sectors that the Board felt required more support for students keen to pursue graduate and post-graduate studies in Agriculture, Biological and Environmental Sciences – which led to FEED’s partnership with the University of the Philippines, Los Baños.
*The FOFI Board finally decided to schedule the establishment of its new organisation, Fostering Education & Environment for Development (FEED Inc). in 2011.
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.