Monday, 24 June 2024

Anton Mari H. Lim Veterinarian, businessman.

Philippines

Champion's Profile

Anton Mari Hao Lim, DVM, better known as Doc Anton Lim, is a Filipino veterinarian, businessman, public figure, and humanitarian, and a frequent speaker, organizer, and community volunteer throughout the Philippines as he advocates for the disadvantaged. Coordinator of Tzu Chi Foundation, Zamboanga Liaison Office, where he began volunteering in 1998, he co-founded the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation in 2010.

UNDP SDG

Good Health and Well-Being and Quality Education

Description and impact

The Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation was formerly referred to as the Philippine Funds for Little Kids, which started as a national movement in late 2010 to help children who had to swim to get to school and who lived in the mangrove village of Layag-Layag, Brgy. Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City. From the first boat that was turned over in March 2011, more than 4,600 yellow boats have been built to bring more children safely to school while their parents use them in between to improve their livelihood. Each boat has the name of the donor painted on the side. Aside from the yellow boats, the foundation has branched out to building and maintaining a day care center, building classrooms and schools, dorms, providing scholarships, providing school bags and other school supplies, conducting medical/dental missions, and empowering the community as a whole through applicable environmental and livelihood programs. We are also now present in 129 communities around the Philippines – the Philippines being an archipelago composed of 7,107 islands.