The CSR programs of AXA Philippines in 2016 focused on assisting out-of-school youth by organizing activities that help these young people improve their lives by transforming them to become happy, productive members of society.
One such activity was a summer camp sponsored by AXA Philippines which was held in Calauan, Laguna on May 7. The activity was participated in by 25 outof-school kids from Young Focus, a non-government organization that assists the out-of-school youth of Tondo. For its part, AXA Philippines sponsored 10 out of the 25 participating students who will be part of the re-integration program.
The summer camp is part of AXA Philippines’ values formation program to prepare out-of-school youngsters for school and remove them from the streets, thus decreasing their risk of participating in gang activities and other related negative incidents.
Another important activity for the year was the READxLEARNxSHARE project initiated by the AXA Hearts in Action, the volunteer arm of AXA Philippines. The READxLEARNxSHARE project was a series of reading sessions that encouraged children aged nine to 12 to read for learning and pleasure. In this regard, the volunteers gave books and other educational materials to the community libraries and centers to provide financially disadvantaged children easy access to learning.
The READxLEARNxSHARE series was held every week with around 30 children from Young Focus in attendance per class. The project was capped by a reading recital and a book donation turnover ceremony.