Marking the start of the “ber” months was One Meralco Foundation’s recent upgrading of existing electrical facilities of the Kuya Center for Street Children, a four-storey center formed by the Luzon Association of Religious Brothers to provide temporary shelter for children wandering the streets of the commercial district of Cubao, Quezon City. The enhancement is part of the Foundation’s community electrification program which has benefited over 7,000 families.
“Nabuo ang Kuya Center noong February 14, 1991 upang ipakita ang aming pagmamahal sa mga batang lansangan. Maraming beses na muntikan na kaming magsara dahil kulang sa pondo. Ngunit tila, mayroong sumusubaybay sa amin mula sa itaas. Binibigyan kami ng blessings at isa na dito ay ang pakikipag-ugnayan namin sa One Meralco Foundation. (On February 14, 1991, Kuya Center was born to show our love for street children. Many times have the center been close to shutting down primarily because of lack of funds. However, Someone up there is looking after us and the kids. He gives us numerous blessings, one of which is our partnership with One Meralco Foundation.) With your presence, you give light to these kids’ lives,” shared Mike Gamo, Chairman of the Center during the ceremonial turn-over.
Coupled with this improvement were the donation of various sports equipment and art materials and the implementation of the Meralco Basketboys Program which brought cheer and excitement to the fifty children currently being catered by Kuya Center. The program which includes a basketball clinic and a values formation session for the youth was created out of the shared aspiration of the Foundation, the Meralco Sports and Youth Advocacy office and the Meralco Bolts PBA team to develop disadvantaged youth. 680 boys and girls have been trained under the program since its inception last November 2011.
Sr. Kate O’Neil, RNDM, a board member of Kuya Center, also expressed her deep appreciation to the Foundation’s assistance by saying, “Our heartfelt thanks to this partnership. The electrical facilities upgrade you sponsored shows your concern for the safety of these children. You light up many hearts of young people who donít have the same opportunities as others. We are very thankful for the basketball clinic and the various sports equipment which we believe will contribute to the rehabilitation of these kids.”
“We energize homes and communal infrastructures to bring about transformation of lives. With this assistance to Kuya Center, we hope that our contribution has touched and made a difference in the lives of these children,” said Meralco chief CSR officer and One Meralco Foundation president Jeffrey O. Tarayao.