As part of our effort in Community Development, which aims to empower communities in need through capability building, RYTHM Foundation has partnered with Asia Foundation to launch the RYTHM Scholars in Vietnam Programme. A frequent collaborator of RYTHM Foundation, the Asia Foundation is a non-profit international development organisation committed to improving lives across Asia. With offices in 18 countries, Asia Foundation focuses its work across the region to address five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation. Under this recently launched scholarship programme, the first batch of beneficiaries are 40 underprivileged secondary school girls from Dien Bien province. Due to various economic and cultural factors, many impoverished families in Dien Bien are unable to continue providing secondary education for their daughters. This scholarship will provide students with access to education and consequently, help them break free from the cycle of poverty. Over the next 3 years, RYTHM Foundation will contribute a total of USD 50,000 to the scholarship programme, which will support students’ educational costs from Grade 10 through Grade 12. Since the 2017-2018 academic year, scholarship funds have been utilised to cover students’ tuition and related fees, uniforms, learning materials, transportation costs and other school related expenses. We believe that education is a critical means for self-empowerment. In the past, scholarship programmes have contributed to lower student drop-outs, better academic results, and higher entries to tertiary education. The foundation will be working closely with our partner to monitor the programme’s impact on student progress in the coming years.
Santhi Periasamy, Head of RYTHM Foundation, delivered an inspiring guest lecture at Malaysia’s INTI International College Subang, highlighting the transformative power of sustained philanthropy on communities.
RYTHM Foundation has wrapped up its first Community Adoption Programme in Sabah, marking a significant step towards empowering several indigenous Dusun communities.