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The Sumner Group has a long history of business in The Philippines. As part of the charity’s Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance Charter, we are proud to announce the launch of three philanthropic programs: 

  • Water Search & Rescue (WSAR) Scholarships
    The Sumner Foundation is now providing bursaries for trained medics (doctors & nurses) in the Philippines allowing them to further train as part of their continuing professional development in the area of inland and maritime water search & rescue. Once these professionals have gained their training & international accreditation, The Sumner Foundation will employ them as regional WSAR team leaders to provide a rapid response resource for local inland and maritime water disaster areas before major aid agencies have mobilised. The WSAR team will work with the local volunteer networks and alongside other NGOs and government agencies involved in rescue operations as part of the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Plan.


  • University Grants
    The Sumner Foundation Philippines would like to play a small part in helping underprivileged Filipino students reach a higher level of education to give them more opportunities later in life. A limited number of grants will be offered to young people born or residing in the Philippines to allow them to complete a course of higher education at a recognised academic institution.


  • Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Support
    A program that will provide Filipino nurses with a dedicated resource to support them in the event they get into any type of difficulty whilst working abroad.


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