Sun Life's Brighter World Builder Challenge Announces 10 Winners

by - July 20, 2018

Sun Life Financial Inc., a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, has always been an advocate of financial literacy in the country. Its vision of educating a financially prepared Filipino by way of financial planning is a lauded one.

Recently, Sun Life, thru its Sun Life Financial - Philippines Foundation, Inc. (Sun Life Foundation), has partnered with The Spark Project for a program called the Brighter World Builder Challenge. It was launched to search for, fund, and accelerate financial literacy initiatives, in celebration of Sun Life Foundation’s 10th anniversary.

The program generated 49 applications but only 20 of them were chosen. The 20 applicants attended a Social Impact Boot Camp spearheaded by The Spark Project where they were given pointers on how to prepare for their final pitch, which they presented to a distinguished panel of judges. From the final pitch, 10 lucky entries were selected.

Last July 12, 2018, the 10 winners were announced during the Brighter World Builder Challenge Awards held at the F1 Hotel BGC.

At the ceremony, Alex Narciso, President of Sun Life Foundation, proudly shared, “One of the core pillars of Sun Life Foundation is education, and the Brighter World Builder Challenge was launched because we wanted to give recognition to individuals and groups who have programs in place that teach Filipinos about the importance of financial literacy.”

He also added that, “Our 10 winners have indeed shown that is through creativity and innovation that we are able to encourage Filipinos to be more financially savvy and to become more financially secure.”

Here are the ten lucky winners whose pitches aims to accelerate financial literacy initiatives in their own way:

Bin Stalk – A program designed by Domyson Dulay Abuan for the community of Malaban that combines learnings on financial literacy and waste management;

Budget Squad Manila – A social enterprise focused on teaching good money management skills and financial literacy through creatively designed personal finance tools;

EmpoWomen PH – A non-profit organization that aims to help displaced women and families in Marawi City through sustainable sources of income;

FLOW Inc. – Stands for Financial and Life Opportunities for Women and focuses on giving practical education in finance for marginalized and average social class women;

Kids Who Save (KHuSA) – Game-based learning designed to simplify the concept of financial literacy for young kids;

Young Savers: Experiential Learning to Financial Literacy – At the Mano Amiga Academy, children from the lower end of the socio-economic ladder are taught the value of financial responsibility through project-based learning;

Change for a Life – A campaign created to help lower income families manage their finances to fit their expenses and save money;

Children of Sugar Cane Farmers in Bacolod – A program designed to teach children of sugar cane farmers about the opportunities open to them to uplift their family’s lives;

COINscious JUAN – A savings app created to promote the importance of being conscious of one’s spending habits, and;

Pitaka ko: A Learning and Savings Journal for Kids – An interactive and creative learning and savings journal for kids ages eight to 15 designed by Roxanne Navarro.

These 10 winners will receive a Php 100,000 grant they can use in the implementation of their projects and programs as well as crowdfunding support from The Spark Project.

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