|Ben Abadiano of Pamulaan|
|Ben Abadiano of Pamulaan with some of the indigenous people he's helping|
I have been aware of a group called Virtualahan. The first time I stumbled upon it was on Facebook. As someone who is considered also PWD (persons with disability) [read: I have diabetic retinopathy on my right eye.], the programs on Virtualahan is very helpful for people like me. For those not familiar with Virtualahan, it is a pioneering and globally awarded virtual school for PWDs, solo parents, out of school youth etc. to develop skills and mindset and to become competitive employees and entrepreneurs utilizing the power of technology. Virtualahan led by Gersava equips people with practical and essential skills to become economically independent and competitive. Through proper holistic training, they are then able to earn at the comforts of their own home with high-paying digital jobs. The support system Virtualahan provides and their integration towards life-coaching to our curriculum with a strong focus on well-being, career guidance, leadership development, community-based therapy, and restoring human dignity makes the learning more eﬀective and positively impact their overall wellbeing and quality of life.
|Ben Abandiano during the Zoom presscon for Ashoka Philippines|
|Ryan Gersava of Virtualahan|
|Ryan Gersava proves that despite someone's physical disability, one can still reach his dreams|
|Ryan Gervasa during the Ashoka Zoom Presscon|
We need to put a stop to this and make sure that their right to decent work is protected. It is indeed good news to hear when an NGO does everything to make sure that OFWs are well protected and safe as they undergo training before taking on a foreign job. This is where we can laud Scott Stiles' Fair Employment Foundation.
|Scott Stiles of Fair Employment|
Scott Stiles opened the Fair Employment Foundation back in 2014 to address the harsh conditions migrant domestic workers across Asia are being subjected to. With a mission to build and test ethical recruitment agencies and training center models, they seek to make exploitative recruitment unprofitable. Stiles, alongside his co-founders, built Fair Employment Foundation to shift the current model to a more fair and holistic one that greatly benefits the domestic migrant worker and their families in the long term. Scott intends to make Fair Employment Model a blueprint for ethical and sustainable models for employment agencies and training centers across Asia.
|Scott Stiles with those who benefited from his organization|
|Scott Stiles during the online virtual presscon|