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We’ve been freely training poor youth with IT skills in South East Asia since 2000. We built the Philippines first telecentre in Manila in 2002 which went onto create jobs for local people. This center was the first in the nation & was integrated into micro finance group, CCT, creating scholarships & sustainable livelihoods for local families. Princess Anne opened the 1st GLOW center (virtually) from Oxford University. A team of original  OrphanIT grads went onto create the eTrikes program which were 3 wheeled, mobile, schools on wheels that visited the students barangays navigating Manila’s notorious traffic swarms, the EPIC Magazine of Hope and an Street Choir which was featured on the country’s national broadcaster ANC’s ‘morning show ‘Advocacy’.

A local basketball team has been launched and plans for a new venture called eBoats which was not completed due to Typhoon Bopha roaring through the islands in 2012. We’re in the process of providing educational opportunities right through from K – 12 and well into advanced levels with the advent of platforms such as MOOCs (massive open online courses eg Harvard, MIT, Berkeley and edX etc) & plan to have this launched in 2016.

With a solid and diverse history in learning opportunities such as - 1990, EdMedia  - 1992, OrphanIT - 2000, - 2001, we believe we are on track to provide “Education on as many devices as possible, via the net, accessing courses through platforms like MOOCs and edX as we are community based, we believe in free, unrivaled education for anyone, anywhere sourced through

Whilst we are not a school, college or even an international university you can find and learn just about anything here at one of the premium education providers ranked here. Our mission, [which was not possible in 2001]

“To enable knowledge on as many devices as possible on the planet, via the internet, accessing internships, courses & jobs through platforms like MOOCs, the Khan Academy, Coursera, jobs and internships via CareerJet & dozens more. Being an NGO we believe in free, world-class education & training for anyone, anywhere sourced through enabling healthy, sustainable livelihoods]

Pre-internet days we were promoting Australia as a destination to study. We would need to fly overseas with a literal ton of magazines about colleges and unis where students would come to these huge exhibitions. Out of 10,000 students we might give out several hundred mags a day. That went on for 3 days. Add flights, hotels, taxis etc and you get the picture? The ROI for the unis and colleges who were essentially paying for the ads in the magazines to get more students to learn was very low. Back in Australia I said to the chief if I could buy his magazine and put it on the internet. He laughed and said $10,000. I eventually turned that into and EdMedia and sold them. A few years later I was working on a project in the Philippines with a large micro-finance organisation and we were in Tondo, Manila.

As we were walking along a jetty to a funeral we were attending there were a group of young fellas hanging around not doing much. I asked the bloke I was with why they weren’t in school or working. He said their organisation’s focus was to help women and that youth didn’t fit that category. That evening back at the hotel at dinner I said to my colleague that I was going to start a computer telecenter for youth so they learn how to make websites and promote local businesses.   I won’t even tell you the objections I got to that idea.

Nevertheless, that year I registered as a fully incorporated non profit with the Philippines SEC and opened the Philippines very 1st award winning ICT telecentre. That was way back in 2002. Technology outpaced me. Moores Law. So I said to myself  ’You can Stay Where you are, you can. But, you can’t stay where you are and try to go where you’re going’

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  • Street Choir & Magazine Launch

    Philippine NGO is dedicated to connecting Filipino youth here and abroad through music by providing resources to young musicians and their communities.

    See the ANC/CBN interview we had in Manila and the choir singing here

    The EPIC Street Choir: Happily laughing children creating a joyful racket as they sing in their choir isn’t the image most might imagine when thinking of an urban slum in Manila, Philippines. But that’s what’s happening with the EPIC Street Choir who launched their first Philippines tour in June 2011.

    Background: Over a decade ago a small group of social entrepreneurs began exploring ways to help Solve Poverty in a different way. They had a dream to create sustainable and new ways that disadvantaged youth and families across Asia could make a living. Since then we have helped fund or provide start-up capital for more than 20 ventures. The latest projects from are the EPIC Choir - music of the streets and EPIC Street Magazine.

    Whilst the dream is still evolving it has been successfully realized in the projects we have been involved in. has touched the lives of 1000’s of youth across the region and we encouraged our new projects will further extend our message of hope and inspiration.The first rehearsal of the EPIC Choir was the 5th May 2011. Leading singing teacher Maricel Romero and her tutors who lead the rehearsals. Maricel and her team had been inspired by a street choir for homeless people in Australia called The Choir of Hard Knocks.

    Maricel approached her local community group that organises youth activities in one of the very disadvantaged areas of Manila and they agreed to support the EPIC choir including assistance with the recruiting process. Next steps were flyers on the streets, meeting with other social groups, parents and of course the Choir themselves. She wasn’t sure how many students would turn up at the 1st practice but it was in fact over 40 on day one. Since their first rehearsal, the choir are now turning into a polished singing troupe ready to reach out to the Philippines.

    Maricel said: “Filipinos are by nature blessed with a wonderful capability for song. We have visited dozens of communities across Asia and continue to be amazed at the raw wealth of talent that spans all cultural divides. Our team have become closely involved with the music and people of each community we have visited. Although most of these communities have extremely limited resources, suffer from extreme poverty, limited or no medical care, basic educational facilities, a number of infectious diseases and below UN standards of living, the people that made them are full of warmth, friendship, generosity, and most importantly they are connected to each other by a common theme: Music.

    The Choir’s Mission: Our mission with the new EPIC Street Choir is to enable anyone with a desire to sing the opportunity to do so. We are dedicated to the fundamental principle that tolerance, peace and change are able to be achieved via the universal language of music.We strive to create positive social change through educationemploymentmediamusic and health awareness.

    By providing Filipino youth with a safe place to learn, sing and express themselves, we believe this helps to provide an alternative to the enormous challenges many youth face daily. The children perform in churches and schools around Manila national capital region. Any donations or sponsorships go directly to support the families of the choir and the communities they come from.

    The EPIC Street Magazine: Based on other successful street magazine models running internationally we have now launched the The EPIC Stories of Hope Magazine.

    Our publishing model is based on the need to to deliver an independent, self-sustainable and newsworthy social business solution to disadvantaged people living in the Philippines. When our vendors sell the The EPIC Magazine, which is published once per month, they have the opportunity to earn a regular salary, care and support their families and be recognised as an active member in their communities.

    Our authorized vendors buy copies of the Epic Magazine for 25 Pesos and sell it on the streets for 50 pesos. They keep half the magazine costs ie 50%. (50 Pesos = approx USD $1.00)This model has been proven to show that it is estimated savings to society can be very significant because we are creating a reduction in poverty, increased ability for street vendors to support their families and at the same time providing a unique and interesting newspaper that caters to the Philippines.

    2009 YSEI fellows announced

    Five Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI) Asia 2008 Fellows to receive USD75,000 start-up funding. Wednesday 22 Apr 2009

    Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI) is pleased to announce its Asia 2008 Start-up Stage fellows.

    The five young social entrepreneurs who have been selected from the YSEI Asia 2008 programme have showed great commitment towards realising their business idea. In addition, Cyril Devan from Malaysia, Stephanie Caragos and Khristine Lopez, both from the Philippines, Ajay Shakya from India, and Thailand’s Patipat Susumpow have successfully demonstrated competence in building viable social enterprises through their participation in YSEI which is a GKP Global Partnership Programme.

    Apart from receiving valuable knowledge through training and mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs, as well as gaining access to networking opportunities and peer-to-peer support, these five fellows competed with 14 others in the 2008 programme to receive step-by-step funding to nurture their social enterprises.

    Ten of the 19 fellows had each received USD10,000 in seed funding earlier. Devan, Caragos, Lopez, Shakya and Susumpow will now each receive a further USD15,000 scaleup funding to grow their fledging businesses.

    The YSEI Asia 2008 programme, initiatied in May 2008, embodies the second phase of YSEI which was launched in 2006.

    A bit about the Fellows

    Elevyn, Cyril Devan, Malaysia

    Artisans in remote areas of Malaysia often need to resort to middlemen, who drain most of their margins. To generate income on a fair trade basis, Elevyn is using an innovative, web 2.0-based, online platform that links the selling of handmade products to the support of social and environmental causes.

    LetIThelp, Stephanie Caragos, Philippines

    LetIThelp takes on solving structural unemployment and underemployment in poor communities by providing capacity building on specific IT skills that are in market demand and match trainees to job opportunities.

    Microfinancejobs, Ajay Shakya, India

    Despite the expressive growth of microfinance in India, the related job opportunities and potential candidates are yet to find an alley for a quick match. Microfinancejobs developed an online jobs platform to bridge the gap between 1,500 microfinance institutions in India and 10,000 professionals who would be willing to work in microfinance field.

    Mobile Telecentres, Khristine Lopez, Philippines

    In metro Manila most public schools students have limited or no access to computers and Internet. Mobile Telecentre provides onsite ICT skills training and career opportunities to over 6,000 students in metro Manila by using ICT tools adapted to a 3-wheeled trike.

    Open Dream, Patipat Susumpow, Thailand

    Open Dream provides low-cost web and application development service to social groups and organizations by leveraging the network of social software developers for project collaboration. Their sustainability comes from channeling fees from high paying clients to subsidize the low-paying ones.

    About YSEI

    YSEI is a high-engagement social venture program for emerging young social entrepreneurs in developing countries. Through its Fellowship Programme, YSEI provides young social entrepreneurs with support in four key areas:

    Knowledge: Essential development knowledge & tools on social entrepreneurship

    Financing: Up to USD 60,000 from Seed, Start Up and Scale Up stages for only 2 ventures

    Mentorship: Technical consulting through mentorship

    Networks: Access to diverse networks

    Visit YSEI here


    Social Outsourcing community launched

    SolvePoverty launches Social Outsourcing community. You can now outsource work to a Telecentre with a Social Mission.

    Social outsourcing means “IT outsourcing with a human face; with a social conscience and a development agenda”. You can now outsource jobs that can be performed remotely such as website creation, link building, article submissions, Blogs. data entry, programming, virtual assistants and many other online tasks.

    You can connect with a non-profit social enterprise like Digital Divide Data (DDD) in Cambodia and outsource your data entry and digitization work. DDD are a non-profit social venture that uses technology to improve lives of some of the world’s least developed nations. They are breaking new ground by bringing well-paid technology jobs to countries where they didn’t previously exist and to groups who struggle just to survive.

    When you outsource your SEO to DDD you have the satisfaction of knowing that 100% of your fee goes towards helping employ disadvantaged youth from their communities.

    To search for other social outsourcing services use the Find A Provider search feature.

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  • letithelp.jpgOutsource your web development and SEO projects to the letIThelp Telecentre in the Philippines!. cDOT are the community telecentre program of award winning Philippines web development firm, Syntactics. Located in Cagayan de Oro in the Southern Philippiness, Syntactics offer Software Development, SEO, Internet Marketing and Website Design.

    Their team of professional web designers and developers all work training disadvantaged youth from the local community in all aspects of web development and as the young graduates are ready they are offered paid positions within the firms ranks.

    Social Responsibility

    letIThelp is committed to the development, establishment and sustainability of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) initiatives for youth in the Philippines and through active participation like their telecentre aim to create a growing movement amonsgt similar communities across the Philippines providing young people with little or no hope with opportunities to work in the fast growing outsourcing industry.

    letIThelp Have Moved to Our Bigger and Better Telecentre

    philippines outsourcing“We have moved to a bigger and better space! With the growing need for more space in order to train more youth, we have found the perfect area to use for our services. We are now right in the heart of the City!

    Since we are right in the middle of the city, it would be easier for students to come for their trainings at any time of the day or evenings. ” Says Stephanie Caragos, founder of cDOT and CEO for Syntactics, Inc. “We are also happy that from a very small beginning, we have been able to grow and provide jobs to some of the most disadvantaged youth in the Southern Philippines. We have been able to train them into becoming skilled and dedicated IT professionals.” Added Jun Kaamiño, the COO for the company.

    letIThelp Services

    Web Development
    Site Maintenance
    Blog Customization
    Online Applications Development
    Dedicated IT personnel provision

    Our Social Mission

    True to the mission of social enterprises which is “bridging social opportunity into sustainable reality innovatively, effectively and efficiently,” goes in line with this to help selected and deserving fresh graduates in Mindanao find the right opportunities in their chosen field of profession. There is a balance needed in the IT industry in the Philippines at this point. Initially, there is the increase of IT outsourcing jobs being directed to the country, however, there is a need of a ready pool of trained and experienced IT professionals to continually sustain the industry and manpower needs. On other hand, there is a saturation of fresh IT graduates from poor families and are graduates of vocational schools and colleges who have the passion and commitment to work in these companies yet, due to the poor and inadequate educational system and lack of actual projects and proper industry-based mentoring, majority of these fresh graduates could not get into their desired work and are forced to accept other jobs that are not attuned with their education, wasting their possible talents and skills just because of the lack of confidence in most companies on them due to the fact that they lack the background, references and experience. Therefore, even if they have finished their education, a sustainable income and the chance of growth for the majority of them is still not attainable.

    This being the case, letIThelp will select based on their skills, attitude, desire and passion for work, graduates who are in need of the additional training and work. They will then have the opportunity to learn and earn at the same time for their families. These graduates will be trained and mentored by the Syntactics, Inc. team leaders and supervisors to help them learn the right industry standards, workpace and discipline. After their training period, they will then be promoted to higher positions in the organization, hired by Syntactics, Inc. as a commercial developer, dedicated to a client as a dedicated staff or will be given the chance to work in other IT companies to help answer the need of additional well trained manpower thereby helping more companies grow, to earn more and provide more jobs in society.

    LetIThelp will focus more on the hiring underprivileged fresh graduates coming from Mindanao and in providing these graduates opportunities and work close to their families so they no longer have to spend for any relocation expenses and they can be closer to their families.

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  • telecenter east timorIn August, 2007, the President and noble prize winner, East Timor- Nobel Laureate and President Jose Ramos Horta
    visits SOLS 24/7 Timor Leste President Ramos Horta and learns of SOLS 24/7 holistic and practical youth training programs. ( The President is seen here talking with the International Director of SOLS 24/7 - Raj Ridvan Singh)

    4th August 2007- For the first time ever, SOLS 24/7 Timor Leste is privileged to receive Nobel Peace Prize Winner and President Jose Ramos Horta as the organizations’ honorable guest.

    The purpose of his informal visit was to view and learn of SOLS 24/7’s educational capacity building program for the underprivileged and out-of-school youths of East Timor.

    After a brief introduction of the school’s English, employment and life-skills training program, President Ramos Horta expressed his opinion that Timor Leste has abundant untapped resources but citizens lack necessary education that
    provides enough skills for the resources to be utilized. He would like to see that the lives of more youths are being enhanced through education and this is very much in line with SOLS 24/7’s vision of providing practical and applicable knowledge and skills for youths to secure job placements. International Director, Raj Ridvan Singh further shared SOLS 24/7’s future plans of opening institutes in Dili and developing rural economies by implementing and running micro-credit systems and providing necessary skills for youths to become self-employed.

    Comfortable with mixing around with young Timorese, President Ramos Horta was youthful and casual himself. He spontaneously sat together with the students during the Saturday seminar to ask questions and listened to the views of what the students will do to change their future. Students were excited to be greeted by President Ramos Horta as he visited all the classes and later on to witness the student’s singing of the country’s national anthem and school anthem.

    In 1996, President Ramos Horta shared the Nobel Peace Prize with fellow countrymen Bishop Carlos Belo for leading a nonviolent struggle against the Indonesian occupation. After being voted as President in June 2007, he vowed to honor his words during his political campaign, “I will work for the poor, with the entire country, to unite it and heal its wounds.”

    SOLS 24/7 would like to support the President’s hopes for East Timor’s future by creating a bottom up change through education. SOLS 24/7 feels extremely honored by President Ramos Horta’s visit and the organization hopes that this would give future opportunities for SOLS 24/7 to scale up operations to reach out to more Timorese youths so that they would be able to attain quality and well-rounded education which will impact a multi-tiered positive change on an individual, community and national level

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    YSEI Asia 2009 Fellows Announced

    Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI) is pleased to announce its Asia 2009 Start-up Stage fellows who will receive USD75,000 start-up funding. More details..

    The five young social entrepreneurs who have been selected from the YSEI Asia 2009 programme have showed great commitment towards realising their business idea. In addition, Cyril Devan from Malaysia, Stephanie Caragos and Khristine Lopez, both from the Philippines, Ajay Shakya from India, and Thailand’s Patipat Susumpow have successfully demonstrated competence in building viable social enterprises through their participation in YSEI which is a GKP Global Partnership Programme.

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