Vienna initiative supports education in Philippines

Leobert Francisco earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education in the Philippines through the support of the Filipino-American ministry at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Vienna.

The Filipino-American (Fil/Am) Community Ministry based at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Vienna recently celebrated the success of Leobert Francisco, who earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education in the Philippines through the support of the ministry.

The educational opportunity was hosted through Caritas Manila, which solicits funds to support educational opportunities for youth in the poorest sections of the country.

Francisco currently is working toward gaining teaching licensure, and will become an educator in his community.

“This is heartwarming for the Fil/Am Community Ministry, and we are humbled to be part of the difference Leobert is now able to make,” the church said in a statement.

In addition to Francisco, Claudine Diaton was supported from her junior year in pursuit of a college degree in agriculture, which she obtained in 2018. The initiative also is supporting Ephraim Gaano, who is a sophomore in college and working toward a degree in secondary education.

The Fil/Am Community Ministry has recently received grants and donations from organizations such as the Navy Federal Credit Union, the Women of Our Lady of Good Counsel and other benefactors, and is working to expand its footprint in support of youth.

For information about the ministry, call Chiqiu Pacis-Sanchez at (571) 499-8277 or email filminolgc@gmail.com.

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