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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

FWD LIFE INSURANCE AND HUMANITY & INCLUSION KICK STARTS PARTNERSHIP


Two weeks ago, at the FWD Life Philippines#ForwardTogether event, I just experienced Visual Learning to know and value the importance of empowering youth with disabilities in Asia! So grateful experiencing this! The event earlier kick starts the partnership of FWD & Humanity and Inclusion (formerly Handicap International) for its “Forward Together” — a project helping young people with disabilities find employment opportunities in the Philippines and beyond.💓

At the media event, an interactive visual language activity, and escape room challenge participated by volunteers from both organizations as well as members of the media at Century City Mall in Makati City.


FWD Insurance General Counsel Atty. Teroy Roman (left) exchanges symbolic tokens with Regional Coordinator Bryan Marsalis (right)

Through the regional partnership initially announced by the insurer in the first half of 2018, both organizations will work towards advocating equal opportunities and empowering people with disabilities in Asia. With FWD Group investing USD 1million, the Forward Together project will train at least 380 youth with disabilities in the Philippines and Indonesia and help them secure sustainable employment or business opportunities.

“FWD Life Philippines aims to end the stigma that disability corresponds to inability,” FWD Life Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Grimes said. “Through our partnership with Humanity & Inclusion, we hope to provide a platform for people with disabilities to showcase their strengths and abilities. We want to encourage everyone to help create a future with a difference for people with disabilities with opportunities to become valuable and equal contributors to the community.”

Guest of honor Raphael Torralba (third from left), DFA Assistant for Programs for PWDs receives a plaque ofappreciation: “Everyone has the potential to be a diplomat, as ambassadors for change—I am a diplomat forPWDs.”Joining him are from left: FWD Insurance General Counsel Atty. Teroy Roman, Head of Marketing RocheVandenberge; and  Regional Coordinator Bryan Marsalis

“Developing countries are encouraged to invest in youth, but unfortunately, young people with disabilities are usually overlooked in employment and entrepreneurship opportunities,” said Bryan Andrew Marsalis, Humanity & Inclusion Regional Operation Coordinator. “That is why we are very delighted to have such strong support from FWD Group in our advocacy of improving the lives of youth with disabilities. Through this project, we will work with selected employers – including FWD Group – across the two target countries to improve their capacity to employ youth with disabilities.”

“At FWD, we are committed to promoting social inclusion and active participation of persons with disabilities, and are very excited to kick start our work with Humanity & Inclusion,” said FWD Life Philippines Head of Marketing and Community Care Country Lead Roche Vandenberghe. “With the Forward Together project, we are enabling businesses and organizations such as ours to become catalysts for quality job creation.”


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