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A Bridge of Assist Connects to 170 Smiling Faces

Co-authored by Debbie Clasen, Director of Transformation Amplification


It looks like magic occurs each time VST ECS, a Cisco distributor within the Philippines, and Cisco’s Black Belt Academy be a part of arms. Throughout 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 once they had been shocked with Christmas present baskets crammed with canned items, noodles, and sweets to take residence to reinforce their households’ Christmas dinners.

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

Throughout the VST ECS “what ought to our year-end contest be?” brainstorming session, an government who had finished volunteer work with the Aeta Kids’s Residence nominated them as he knew that the Aeta youngsters could be returning to their houses for the Christmas vacation break.

Company Social Accountability actions change into much more sustainable once 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 companion group. In November 2022, they launched a month-long “Black Belt Certification for a Trigger” contest for his or her companion group. The problem: for every Black Belt Certification earned by workers of any VST ECS companion through the month, the distributor would donate a Christmas present basket to those youngsters. Partnering for Objective, certainly.

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

VST ECS wished to encourage their companion group to realize extra certifications–whether or not for engineer or gross sales workers–as a result of they knew that the certifications result in talent, information, and confidence in promoting Cisco options.

So the distributor launched the “Certification for a Trigger” contest, figuring out it will be a win-win for the youngsters, for the companion group, and in the end for them. The response was improbable! In a single month, the Black Belt Academy issued 150 certifications to 30 workers–30 workers who grew to become proficient in Meraki, Enterprise Networking, Collaboration, and Safety. One enthusiastic participant obtained 8 certifications!

For this program, VST ECS served as a bridge of assist to the Aetas. And in addition to the companion group, serving to them to realize information 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 workers of VST ECS and Cisco Philippines chipped in for 20 extra baskets in order that no youngster returned residence empty-handed.

The outcomes: 170 present baskets had been delivered to excited youngsters as they headed to their mountain villages and the arms of their households. The 30 Black Belt college students had been additionally rewarded: at a digital commencement ceremony held in December, every new Black Belt knowledgeable was acknowledged, then despatched a present certificates for an area meals supply app plus a VST ECS/Cisco emblem jacket. The final word outcome, in fact, was that VST ECS developed higher engagement and goodwill all through their companion group.

The kids are again at Aeta Kids’s Residence now, with blissful recollections of plentiful Christmas dinners, whereas 30 members of the VST ECS companion group are leveraging their new Black Belt Academy information for fulfillment. And VST ECS is already planning for extra magic in 2023.


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