HINDANG, Leyte - About 45 poor but deserving students from this municipality can now finish high school and pursue higher education after they were given scholarship assistance by the Rotary Club of San Juanico, Rotary International District 3860 based in Tacloban City, Leyte.
Rotarian Roger A. Cabaltera, service project director of the Rotary Club of San Juanico, said he set aside P20,000 for the 45 poor students who are enrolled at the Hindang National High School in the poblacion and at Bontoc National High School in Barangay Bontoc, in Hindang. "I would like to see the students finish with their high school studies," he said.
Cabaltera regarded said amount as a form of tithe and instead of giving it to the Church, he said, he sought the help of the Rotary Club of San Juanico which agreed to adopt his plan to provide scholarship to the students.
He said last August 18, the students were given T-shirts and P5,000.00 cash for their cooperative, specifically as seed capital for their little business in order for them to earn income and support their needs.
"They are poor and instead of giving a tithe to the Church, I decided to give it straight to the students who want to continue and finish with their high school education with the help of the Rotary Club," Cabaltera said.
Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of San Juanico also assisted the scholarship of 36 orphans who were victims of the Guinsaugon landside tragedy in Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte with the help of the Dharma Drum Mountain Society Foundation through Rotarian PhilipTseng and the Captain Arthur Langston Scholarship Grants in Carigara, Leyte which undertook the renovation of an abandoned ward at the Tacloban City Hospital for the use of poor Tacloban residents.