LOGAN Hope Alumni Story
Hello, I personally want to ask you to join LOGAN Hope school for Giving Tuesday. My name is Boratha Tan, I am a 2008 graduate of LOGAN Hope. I am the son of Khmer Rouge genocide survivors, and both my brother and I attended LOGAN Hope from 4th grade to 8th grade. My family lived in the Olney neighborhood since the mid-1990s (my parents still live on the same block today). My mother met LOGAN Hope founder’s Anita and Ken MacBain while my mother was learning English in the Logan neighborhood. When she heard that Anita and Ken created a school, she decided to enroll both of us there (and therefore, escape the failing neighborhood school in Olney). Without LOGAN Hope, I know that my brother and I would not have escaped the realities of the failing Philadelphia public schools. I would not have been a multi-scholar at Villanova University, and I would not been given the opportunity to travel to Cambodia and work on an explosive ordnance disposal robot.
I am now an engineer at Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan; I am part of the Electrified Powertrain Engineering Department, the hybrid and electric vehicles arm of the company. As a project manager of a water sustainability endeavor in Mexico, and as a Thirty Under 30 Fellow in Ford (a philanthropic-oriented program), I realize that I am blessed to come this far. None of this, of course, would have been possible if LOGAN Hope was not there. With donors help during the early growth of the school, I was able to escape the cycle of poverty. With your help now, we can continue to lift the LOGAN Hope children out of poverty and poor education. Please join me this Giving Tuesday and donate to LOGAN Hope School.