The Stepping Stone School has a new facility—a Physical Therapy Center designed to address concerns of students with physical limitations or disabilities.
Funded by a USD 44,950 grant from the Embassy of Japan, the PT Center was officially turned over to Stepping Stone in a ceremony held on the 7th of August 2018. The grant was under the Japanese Government’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Program ( GGP). The grant specifically covered the fit-out and purchase of equipment to support children with cerebral palsy and other physical and mental disabilities.
The turnover ceremony was presided over by the Embassy of Japan’s Second Secretary and Health Attache, Dr. Takeo Okada; Third Secretary-Economic Section Mr. Atsushi Kobayashi, and GGP Senior Program Officer Ms. Takahahi Natsuko. Also present were Program Officers Ms. Juno Cabotan, Mr. Ranel Lombres and Mr. Arnel Gonzales of the Japanese Embassy.
In attendance were trustees from Stepping Stone represented by PRID Paing Hechanova, chairman, and President Mundy Gonzalez, Trustees Jean Chavez and Rodrigo Segura, Adviser Fred Parungao and Executive Director Dayal Nandwani.
RC Makati was represented Pres. Fred Pascual, PE Bimbo Mills, PP Cesar Campos and Rtn. Manny Padiernos, while the Makati Rotary Club Foundation was represented by IPP Jun Jun Dayrit, chairman.
After a brief program highlighted by welcome remarks by Pres. Mundy and a short message by Dr. Okada, the guests toured the school facilities, watched a video on the school, and enjoyed light refreshments.
Stepping Stone grew from the Makati Research and Development Center (MRDC), a special school established by RC Makati in the mid-70s during the term of PP Art Misner.