Why & how are we doing this?

Virtualahan is the pioneering and globally awarded virtual school for Persons with Disabilities to develop skills and mindset to become competitive employees and entrepreneurs using the equalizing power of technology.

We designed a cost-effective and transferable social technology that allows socially excluded populations to access work in the global digital economy.

We are using computers and the internet to advance our mission of getting people out of poverty by building the future of work where no one is left behind.

Our impact is backed by research from the University of Manchester. It’s been showcased in various international conferences and widely published.

Who are we working with?

We work with an intersectional group of individuals who are normally discriminated from jobs because of their conditions or former life.

Focus Group: Persons with Chronic, Genetic, Neuro-divergent, and Physical Disabilities

Extended Community:

  • Indigenous People and Islamized IPs
  • Out of School Youth/Youth NEET
  • Single Mothers/Solo Parents
  • Former Sex Workers
  • Recovering Drug Addicts/Former Drug Dependents
  • Persons Deprived of Liberty/Former Prisoners
  • Prostituted Women, and Formerly Trafficked Individuals
  • Former Soldiers, Rebels, Combatants

What are the current realities of our community?

They experience very high unemployment and economic inactivity, which puts them into greater risk of insufficient social protection that is key to reducing extreme poverty.

The majority of them live in rural areas in developing countries, 80% are of working age with the unemployment rate as high as 80% as well.

There are multiple layers to the problem, and most of it needs systemic change. The two main root causes are their lack of skills and mindset to qualify for employment and the lack of confidence of businesses and institutions to hire, integrate, and retain talents with their backgrounds.

They are already left behind, but even more, as automation will take over the low- paying manual jobs that are available for them.

How are we creating new realities with Virtualahan?

We equip them with practical and essential skills to become competitive and economically independent. Examples are skills in data analysis and emotional intelligence tailored to their level of understanding delivered by experienced coaches for four weeks.

They are then exposed to a two-week on the job training where they are mentored by industry experts as our internship partners with the events and start their own business, which enhances their leadership and entrepreneurial capacity.

They also receive three layers of employment support and job coaching for three months. 78% of them are now hired after this stage.

They also lead and participate in different advocacy initiatives, speak in events, and start their own business, which enhances their leadership and entrepreneurial capacity.

What makes our solution innovative and sustainable?

We equip them with practical and essential skills to become competitive and economically independent. Examples are skills in data analysis and emotional intelligence tailored to their level of understanding delivered by experienced coaches for four weeks.

85% of our students come from poor and low-income backgrounds. They apply for scholarships so that they don’t need to pay anything upfront with the condition that they pay off their scholarship loan within ten months of getting a job. We are rolling the funds to sponsor future scholars.

 

We are future-proofing our community members with high tech skills that allow them to work on high paying digital jobs from the comfort of their home. This removes many barriers for employment such as transportation, infrastructure, and accessibility, which also increases the likelihood for employers to hire them because of high independence and reduced costs.

 

Our holistic approach that integrates life-coaching to our curriculum with a strong focus on well-being, career guidance, leadership development, community-based therapy, and restoring human dignity makes the learning more effective and positively impact their overall wellbeing and quality of life.

 

Finally, our use of technology. 80% of our activities are done 100% online, including training and employment support. But we are also doing community meet-up, team building, retreats, and other events. This significantly lower our costs increase our reach and makes our model highly scalable.

What have we achieved so far?

350+ graduates

98% completion rate

78% employment rate

54 provinces nationwide

20 major awards received

12+ Million Media Reach

Our graduates earn significantly higher than their peers. They earn an average daily salary of 1,053.80 PHP

(20.12 USD) compared to the national wage average of 414.64 PHP (7.91 USD). 42% of alumni increased their income by threefold.

Our graduates also reported that their self-confidence increased by 78%, a common struggle is acceptance of condition; 92% of graduates reported that the program helped them accept their condition. 84% of those who couldn’t be self-sufficient (couldn’t make decisions) reported

that the program helped them in this area, 98% felt a strong sense of belonging in the community, 99% of alumni consider Virtualahan positively contributing to their lives.

Recognitions

Our Leadership Team

Our team has 30+ combined experience in coaching and outsourcing. 25+ years in business & 15+ years in community building.

Ryan is a multi-awarded social entrepreneur & licensed medical laboratory scientist. He was discriminated from jobs & was denied to practice his profession, which inspires him to start Virtualahan. He has 7+ years of experience in outsourcing, 5+ years in coaching, & 5+ years in social enterprise development.
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RYAN GERSAVA

Founder & President
Rose is a licensed nurse working closely with our beneficiaries. She has been awarded for her work in mental health institutions. She has been working online for 8+ years & building communities for 5+ years. She works with Mr. Chris del Monte, our in-house psychologist.
ROSE

ROSE VILLAMOR

VP for Community and Human Resource & Co-founder
Josh has a degree in Computer Technology & has been working online for 10+ years now. His strong background in computer technology leads him to develop courses & teaching materials for our training program. He works with Ms. Elsie Gersava, our dedicated curriculum developer who is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Education.
JOSH

JOSH GERSAVA

VP for Training and Employment & Co-founder
Mario is a seasoned executive & a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of business experience. He is also an international consultant in internal operations & corporate governance. Mario is a Virtualahan graduate & has dedicated his life to serving the Virtualahan community after his diagnosis.
MARIO

MARIO SALCEDO

VP for Legal and Finance & Virtualahan Graduate
A Information and Technology College dropout and self-taught automation expert. He has 8+ years’ experience both in BPO and online freelancing industry. He is working with our in-house developer, Jay Mar Albor, a Magna cumlaude graduate in Computer Science.
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JOHN MICHAEL NAVALES

VP for Technology & Virtualahan Coach
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OUR IMPACT MODEL

DIGITAL SKILLS
UPGRADE

A six-week digital skills training using blended life-long learning approach. The curriculum is co-developed with Accenture and British Council and delivered 100% online.

EMPLOYMENT & ENTEPRENEURSHIP

Three months of employment support or one year of business mentorship depending on which track a graduate decides to take at the end of the six-weeks training.

LIFE-COACHING &
DIGITAL SUPPORT

Life-coaching through well-being sessions led by our resident psychologist with a strong focus on restoring human dignity, embracing disability, career guidance, patient education, and community-based therapy.

Community Building and System Change

Community projects led by Virtualahan alumni such as awareness campaigns, policy recommendations, public events, and activities focused on advancing SDG 1, 3, 8, 10 and 17.