The year-end meeting of GMEFI was held last Thursday, December 14 at Metro Manila College Guest House. It coincided with the third year anniversary celebrations of the Foundation. In the meeting, President Evelyne Dominguez announced the increase in the number of Persons with Disability scholars, specifically students from the Philippine School of the Deaf [PSD], Philippine National School for the Blind [PNSB] and the School for the Crippled next school year 2018-2019. Ten students each from PSD and PNSB are targeted to be provided assistance by GMEFI, depending on the nominee’s profile, actual academic performance, and the financial assistance the student needs. Meanwhile, five more crippled scholars shall be added.
GMEFI currently supports two blind students, one Deaf, and 10 crippled children.
Plans for future fund-raising projects and series of seminars for the year 2018-2019 were discussed. Cathy Genovia and Nina Padua presented a compilation of all the activities undertaken by GMEFI throughout 2017 via an audio-visual presentation. Board Member Mirana Medina reported on her visit to the Philippine School for the Deaf and the Philippine National School for the Blind. She met the Guidance Counselors of both schools regarding the scholars GMEFI supports. She also reported on the call for proposals for 2018 which was launched online in October.
A new member, Mr. Ron Daracan designated as GMEFI’s Executive Officer was welcomed. He will be assisting GMEFI President cum Executive Director Evelyne Dominguez. Others present were Fr. Romy Gallo, Dr. Erlin Dalag, Ma. Aurora Villafuerte, and Thelma Jadraque.