For the last three years, the Swiss Chapter of the JDVSF has provided scholarships for five students of St. Martin de Porres. The scholarship covers living expenses and accommodation since SMDP has been able to arrange free education. During their recent visit, Esther Banziger and Deacon Edith Ray were able to meet several students and learn about their progress.
Blanco, Sonny Boy, 23
Since calling SMDP home in 2005, he has completed high school at Holy Child Academy and is now doing a two-year vocational training apprenticeship at the Bustos Water District as Encoder.
Candaza, Crispin, 24
At SMDP, he has completed on-the-job training at a local Robles Shipping Line Company and is on his way to becoming a member of the Philippine Merchant Navy.
John Paul de la Cruz, 22
Since joining SMDP in 2007, he has studied for a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. He expects to complete his studies by the end of this year and pass exams soon after.
Lorette Balabat, 25
After SMDP rescued him in 2003, he has completed high school at Colegio de Sto Niño de Bustos and pursued college studies with an Information Technology major. He has also completed vocational training at college as a student teacher and will graduate this year.
Saina Bultron, 15
She is in her second year of high school and plans to pursue college studies. She plans to get her degree in Hotel and Restaurant Service and provide for her impoverished family.