A Danish led project to educate Filipino children in the Malaysian Sabah province and Filomentina Hoegsholm who founded a Filipina network in Denmark have been awarded with the Philippine Presidential Award.
Every year the Philippine president awards expat Filipinos and organizations that have contributed to the development of the Philippines and the welfare of Filipinos around the world.
The project director of Humana Child Aid Society, Torben Venning, was happy to receive the award they got for helping stateless children in Borneo’s Sabah province escaping poverty or exploitation as child workers in plantations.
“In spite of many challenges in and around our projects for children, we are very proud as a Danish initiated and Danish managed NGO to have just received a Philippine Presidential Award by His Excellency the President Benigno S. Aquino III himself on the 5th December at Malacanang, for our work to educate more than 2000 Stateless and Philippine children in Sabah, who have no other access to school,” he writes in an e-mail.
The organization was founded in 1991 to help marginalized stateless children of Filipino and Indonesian descent in the Sabah.
Filomentina Hoegsholm is a founder of Babaylan Denmark, since 1997 the organization has functioned as a network that works to improve the situation of Filipinas in Denmark. Filomentina is known advocate for gender equality and was awarded for bringing the Philippines honor and recognition through her work.