Hello, everyone! I was going to write a formal news-y write-up, but I'll leave that for the serious bloggers.
Here's the long and short of it:
Roselle Ambubuyog is way, way cool. After being the Ateneo valedictorian (BS Math) and winning truckloads of awards recognizing the inspiration she has provided for so many students, both blind and seeing (including me! =) ), she went for actuarial mathematics at UP. I sat in some of her classes and they boggled my mind.
Now, she's working from the Philippines as a consultant for the US-based Freedom Scientific. She's also working with the Rotary Club on Project Roselle, which donates scanners and readers to schools so that other blind children can study.
Over the past three years, they've raised enough money to donate equipment to three schools: Ramon Magsaysay High School in Manila, Quirino HS in Quezon City, and Bagong Silang HS in Caloocan. Next year, they'd like to reach out to schools outside Metro Manila. They're also exploring ways to help blind people work at call centers and integrate better into the workplace. They'd like to donate to two schools a year, but don't really have a lot of money for the hardware.
I think what they're doing is really cool. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of information on the Net about their project, and chances are you haven't heard about it yet. Which is why I'm posting it here. =)
If you want to get in touch with Roselle, drop me a note and I'll forward your message to her. (I haven't asked for permission to post her e-mail address yet.) UPDATE: I don't think I have Roselle's current e-mail address any more, so I can't help you if you want to get in touch with her. =) Good luck!
- FEATURES:%20Achieving%20Magis%20-%20by%20Ma.%20Katrina%20C.%20Reyna%20and%20James%20Alfred%20L.%20Lim%20(18%20August%202003) - Inspiring Manila Bulletin article about Roselle Ambubuyog and Dianne Rose Rivera - Manila Bulletin article about Rotary Club