PEF celebrates 20 years of bringing Prosperity for Every Family
More than a hundred civil society organization and cooperative leaders, social entrepreneurs and former members of the board and staff joined the 20th anniversary virtual celebration of the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) on November 25, 2021.
The virtual event, “Saan umabot ang 20 mo? Online kwentuhan at kumustahan,” highlighted the gains of the Foundation since its founding in 2001 by featuring the stories of PEF’s 14 partners from the past two decades, their beginnings, challenges, and impact on the communities they served.
PEF also launched a program in honor of Marissa Camacho, the most important person behind PEF’s creation. The Marissa Camacho Fund is a special fund for advancing women entrepreneurship and developing a new breed of leaders that will steer the future of social development.
“This event is about the stories of beginnings, hope, challenges, and opportunities. Most of them are told by our partners, dating back 2002, featuring our programs and projects in microfinancing, basic social services, social enterprises, and disaster relief, and rehabilitation efforts”, PEF Chair Senen Bacani said as he welcomed and thanked the participants and guests.
For two decades, PEF has supported around 450,000 households through more than 1,500 partners nationwide, with assistance amounting to P2.2 billion.
“Twenty years may have been a young age for an organization, but for all of us, it is full of milestones, learnings, and challenges. And we could not have done it without you, our partners, who are here with us today,” Bacani added.
PEF General Assembly member and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, Roberto “Ka Dodoy” Ballon, thanked the organizations and personalities behind PEF’s journey.
“We are hoping that you continue your support in achieving our dreams of a peaceful and prosperous life for the disadvantaged and marginalized Filipino families,” he said.