A hospitality school in the Philippines which offers scholarships and programmes for underprivileged young women, is one of the recipients of grants from Hilton’s primary philanthropic arm, the Hilton Global Foundation.
Punlaan School in the Philippines focuses on hospitality and culinary arts, while equipping women with job and life skills.
The foundation will be granting nearly US$2 million to organisations across the world who have shown “exemplary effort in supporting destination stewardship, climate action, career development and community resilience”.
Six of the grant recipients are organisations based in Asia Pacific. Along with the Punlaan School, other grant recipients are:
• ROLE Foundation (Indonesia): Provides young, marginalised women with a six-month residential programme consisting of hospitality skills training, crucial life skills and confidence building activities.
• Ocean Conservancy (Australia): Together with their partners, Ocean Conservancy protects the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges by creating evidence-based solutions for a healthy ocean.
• Kechara Soup Kitchen (Malaysia): Supplies food aid distributions to homeless, marginalised and poverty-stricken families in Malaysia.
“There has never been a more important time to support efforts towards a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient world,” said Erica Gordon, president, Hilton Global Foundation. “These organisations are doing critical work at a time when it is needed most.”