Combining its sales push of the prepaid fiber internet Surf2Sawa in urban settlements with its socio-civic development, leading fiber broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. powered the Sandiwaan Center for Learning in Tondo, Manila on August 4.

Sandiwaan Learning Center is a values-based non-profit organization established in Smokey Mountain in 1982 to help lift the quality of education in the community. The center caters to almost 200 pre-school students and almost 100 out-of-school youths via the alternative learning system in the surrounding slum areas.

Converge, in coordination with Fr. Benigno Beltran, SVD in Paradise Heights, Tondo, cleaned and refurbished the Sandiwaan Center, as well as provided fiber broadband connectivity to the learning center.

Several Converge employee volunteers, led by the Workplace and Premises Management department, participated in cleaning up the center and even painted a wall mural.

“True to our mantra to leave no one behind, Converge sees these communities not just as service areas but places where we can contribute to socioeconomic development. We hope to empower these communities through technology,” said Converge Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations Jay-Anne Encarnado.

“We have tied in our corporate social responsibility program into our expansion plans so we reach the broader segment of the population who needs our services the most,” she added.

Coinciding with the community launch of Surf2Sawa prepaid fiber internet in Tondo, Converge donated 20 learning tablets to students of the center to aid them in their online learning. The children and their parents were invited to a gathering at the center where Converge held a short program of fun and games to mark the powering up of the broadband internet.

“We’re grateful for the assistance extended by Converge to refurbish the center and give a make-over to these classrooms. More than the aesthetics, what’s vital is the provision of the internet and the digital devices, which will go a long way in helping the students cope with online learning,” said Fr. Beltran.