A Bridge of Assist Connects to 170 Smiling Faces

Co-authored by Debbie Clasen, Director of Companion Expertise & Amplification


It looks as if magic occurs each time VST ECS, a Cisco distributor within the Philippines, and Cisco’s Black Belt Academy be a part of arms. Through the pandemic, the magic led to 300 PPE masks being distributed to hospitals. For Christmas of 2022, it meant that 170 youngsters had smiles on their faces after they have been shocked with Christmas present baskets stuffed with canned items, noodles, and candies to take dwelling to enhance their households’ Christmas dinners.

These youngsters are Aeta, an indigenous individuals who reside in distant, resource-poor villages within the Philippines. Their households ship them from their mountain villages to the Aeta Kids’s House within the metropolis of Zambales to allow them to benefit from the free schooling supplied there.

Through the VST ECS “what ought to our year-end contest be?” brainstorming session, an government who had carried out volunteer work with the Aeta Kids’s House nominated them as he knew that the Aeta youngsters can be returning to their properties for the Christmas vacation break.

Company Social Accountability actions turn into much more sustainable after they mix and combine with the group’s key enterprise targets, leading to a real Win-Win! – Gaurav Kumar Sharma, Cisco Black Belt Academy

With the Aeta youngsters in thoughts, VST ECS created a plan to “do good” whereas motivating the accomplice neighborhood. In November 2022, they launched a month-long “Black Belt Certification for a Trigger” contest for his or her accomplice neighborhood. The problem: for every Black Belt Certification earned by workers of any VST ECS accomplice in the course of the month, the distributor would donate a Christmas present basket to those youngsters. Partnering for Function, certainly.

Between philanthropy & profitability a Black Belt smile initiative is the bridge

VST ECS needed to inspire their accomplice neighborhood to realize extra certifications–whether or not for engineer or gross sales employees–as a result of they knew that the certifications result in ability, data, and confidence in promoting Cisco options.

So the distributor launched the “Certification for a Trigger” contest, realizing it could be a win-win for the kids, for the accomplice neighborhood, and in the end for them. The response was unbelievable! In a single month, the Black Belt Academy issued 150 certifications to 30 workers–30 workers who turned proficient in Meraki, Enterprise Networking, Collaboration, and Safety. One enthusiastic participant received 8 certifications!

For this program, VST ECS served as a bridge of assist to the Aetas. And in addition to the accomplice neighborhood, serving to them to realize data and familiarity with the Cisco options. –  Dominic Joss Rosol, SE, ePLDT, Inc., and Black Belt Certification for a Trigger participant

children from Atea Children's Home with their Christmas gift baskets
VST ECS & Cisco Black Belt Academy helped present 170 youngsters with Christmas present baskets in 2022

Getting 150 certifications was nice. However. On the final minute, they realized that there have been 170 youngsters. The shortly deployed resolution to this hole was one other instance of partnering for objective: a number of “beautiful-hearted” executives and employees of VST ECS and Cisco Philippines chipped in for 20 extra baskets in order that no youngster returned dwelling empty-handed.

The outcomes: 170 present baskets have been delivered to excited youngsters as they headed to their mountain villages and the arms of their households. The 30 Black Belt college students have been additionally rewarded: at a digital commencement ceremony held in December, every new Black Belt skilled was acknowledged, then despatched a present certificates for an area meals supply app plus a VST ECS/Cisco brand jacket. The last word end result, after all, was that VST ECS developed larger engagement and goodwill all through their accomplice neighborhood.

The kids are again at Aeta Kids’s House now, with blissful reminiscences of considerable Christmas dinners, whereas 30 members of the VST ECS accomplice neighborhood are leveraging their new Black Belt Academy data for achievement. And VST ECS is already planning for extra magic in 2023.


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