Valencia says he needs €180,000Oct 17th, 2010 | By pam | Category: News
Mr. Valencia himself is on a fund-raising campaign, as his Munting Nayon school, which is one of his main sources of income (he has never held a regular job nor a business) is in dire straits. It had been ordered closed January 2010 by the Education Ministry because its poor facilities threaten children’s safety.
Valencia has been raising funds, more than the nursery reasonably needs, by bleeding-heart appeals for money from Greeks and NGO, even stressing that 20% of its students are foreigners. He is deceiving donors as he portrays Munting Nayon as the only kindergarten for Filipinos in Athens when in fact Kaphilca’s kindergarten has been operating since 1997, and recognized by the Ministry of Education.
The amount he says the school needs is astounding. The Kasapi Hellas’ website http://www.kasapi.gr/04/munting-nayon-letter-of-appeal/#more-14) says, “we will have to carry out repairs to the existing building at a cost of over 180,000 euros.” That is a huge, suspicious amount for repairs, even in Athens.
Valencia’s website even encourages donors to directly send their donation to what could be his or his wife’s bank account. “Support our campaign,” the website says, “by depositing the amount to the following account, ” which suspiciously is unnamed: National Bank of Greece Account Number: 100/296034-60. Valencia has not submitted to the nursery’s other officers nor to Kasapi Hellas an accounting of donations he has so far received.