Immediate Impact: TaskUs Foundation Update

Changing primary education in the Philippines will take a considerable amount of effort and time. However, we are incredibly happy to report immediate impact and change made by the TaskUs Foundation. It was only a year ago that we even conceived the notion of starting a fund to help improve the primary education of our employees' children in the Philippines. With one short fundraising campaign in anticipation of running the LA Marathon, we were able to raise $16,000 for the TaskUs foundation to benefit three amazing kids: JT, Bea and Jeru. Here is a brief update of the immediate impact and progress made by all three:

JT

Using funds allocated by the TaskUs Foundation, JT was able to immediately transfer to a better school and finish the 2nd Grade. Despite an extended absence due to Kawasaki Disease, he finished as a bronze medalist (academic reward in the Philippines for high academic marks). The TaskUs Foundation also awarded JT the opportunity to enroll in extracurricular activities and programs like Kumon (advanced learning program) and Piano lessons. With another bronze medal in Kumon and a perfect piano recital in December that earned him a silver medal, JT exemplified one of my favorite TaskUs Core Values: Always Strive For Excellence.

Bea

At the ripe age of 3, Bea is already off to an amazing start. With Kinder-I (first year of Kindergarten) completed, I am thrilled to report Bea racked up a number of accolades: honor student, Best in English, Best in Mathematics, Best in Science and Best in Writing. If academia was the academy awards, you could call her Daniel Day-Lewis. She's a lock! As an aspiring bronze medalist in Kumon, she has quickly learned how to read and asserted herself as a candidate for more awards this May. Thanks to her natural talents and the TaskUs Foundation, Bea's future is very bright.

Jeru

Last, but definitely not least, Jeru continues to amaze all of us with his natural ability and incredible thirst for knowledge. With funds from the TaskUs Foundation, Jeru has enrolled in a private school where the teacher to student ratio is 1:2. Each student at his school is afforded a tremendous amount of care, focus and attention from the educators. With these new educational opportunities, Jeru has received one silver and six gold medals for achievement in Mathematics, Spelling, Science, Speech and English.

However, his curiosity is not limited to the classroom. Jeru has also enrolled in extracurriculars like tennis and martial arts. As you can see from the video above, Jeru is an incredible kid that lights up any room with his bright personality. Happy to hear he has taken interest in running. Perhaps, Bryce is rubbing off on him!

As you can see, donations to the TaskUs Foundation change lives, immediately. We are incredibly fortunate to know children like JT, Bea and Jeru. However, we remind ourselves all of the time that we can't stop here. There are hundreds of thousands of children that need our help.

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Michael Buenaventura

March 26, 2013