Visit to Don Bosco to see progress and results of JDVSF funding

Also in January 2019, members of the John D.V. Salvador Foundation visited the Don Bosco Vocational Education facility in Tondo, Manila. Since 2017, the JDVSF has supported this facility and program through renovation and other programs. The JDVSF was delighted to see the progress Don Bosco made with the help of our funding in 2018.

Father Boc joined Don Bosco Tondo from Don Bosco Makati (4’000 students) where he was the CFO. He brings with him a masterful approach to fundraising as well as using those funds in a thrify, prioritized manner.

Father Boc joined Don Bosco Tondo from Don Bosco Makati (4’000 students) where he was the CFO.

Father Boc joined Don Bosco Tondo from Don Bosco Makati (4’000 students) where he was the CFO.

Father Boc refurbished these admin offices (5 desks - one conference room )with a budget of USD 100.- in eco-chic style

Father Boc refurbished these admin offices (5 desks – one conference room )with a budget of USD 100.- in eco-chic style

Despite unseasonable winds and rains, Don Bosco run its traditional Christmas and New Year’s Fair again. For PhP 5.- (USD 0.10) the poor from Tondo can buy an entry ticket and get a roller coaster or carousel ride, get a free drink and enjoy themselves. This season, there where 1.3 million visitors which allowed Don Bosco to raise USD 125’000.-

Despite unseasonable winds and rains, Don Bosco run its traditional Christmas and New Year’s Fair again. For PhP 5.- (USD 0.10) the poor from Tondo can buy an entry ticket and get a roller coaster or carousel ride, get a free drink and enjoy themselves. This season, there where 1.3 million visitors which allowed Don Bosco to raise USD 125’000.-

The fair was just being dismantled and put into storage for as we visited

The light blue building is the school we refurbished. It has two floors and everything needed for vocational training in Tourism and Hospitality

The light blue building is the school we refurbished. It has two floors and everything needed for vocational training in Tourism and Hospitality

The “Hotel-Restaurant-Resort Services School” as its official title now is, started accepting students in 2018. For one place there are usually five applicants. The school accepts only students whose parents live below the official poverty level. Today, there are 120 students at the school – two sections of senior year students and one section of junior year students. The school was just preparing for the reception day on 11 January for the next batch of students (40). Including equipment, the JDVSF financed the school refurbishment with USD 260’000.-

The School’s cleaning equipment on which all students get trained - every student learns the entire trade from reception management, cooking, house keeping, running a bar, waiting, book keeping etc.

The School’s cleaning equipment on which all students get trained – every student learns the entire trade from reception management, cooking, house keeping, running a bar, waiting, book keeping etc.

One of the three mock bedrooms where students learn housekeeping duties (cleaning, refilling the mini-bar, checking the lights and the TV, making a standard bed)

One of the three mock bedrooms where students learn housekeeping duties (cleaning, refilling the mini-bar, checking the lights and the TV, making a standard bed)

In the food and beverage training area they also learn the different styles of folding napkins

In the food and beverage training area they also learn the different styles of folding napkins

Cutlery, glass and plate desk where they learn how to use the correct table war to lay a table for lunch or beautiful formal dinners

Cutlery, glass and plate desk where they learn how to use the correct table war to lay a table for lunch or beautiful formal dinners

The school’s mock bar - how to open a bottle of wine, how to mix a cocktail etc

The school’s mock bar – how to open a bottle of wine, how to mix a cocktail etc

The new industrial kitchen equipment already arrived but can only be installed once the electrical grid is reinforced. The existing grid which was built in the 1960 can not take the load of modern industrial kitchen equipment. The two cardboard boxes contain the new industrial size fridges - students cannot wait to unwrap them

The new industrial kitchen equipment already arrived but can only be installed once the electrical grid is reinforced. The existing grid which was built in the 1960 can not take the load of modern industrial kitchen equipment. The two cardboard boxes contain the new industrial size fridges – students cannot wait to unwrap them

Another view of the modern kitchen equipment awaiting upgraded electrical grid.

Another view of the modern kitchen equipment awaiting upgraded electrical grid.

The electrical grid that needs a full upgrade - one of the next projects that the JDVSF will finance

The electrical grid that needs a full upgrade – one of the next projects that the JDVSF will finance

 Since the 9th of January is a holiday in Manila (the Nazarene), the senior students used the free day to practise dance routines for Friday when they will receive the next batch of junior year students. They love to practice dance routines with contemporary pop music!


Since the 9th of January is a holiday in Manila (the Nazarene), the senior students used the free day to practise dance routines for Friday when they will receive the next batch of junior year students. They love to practice dance routines with contemporary pop music!

Welcome banner for the new joiners

Welcome banner for the new joiners

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