Jay-R Patron speaks with Harvey Keh, youngest Ford Foundation grantee
I had the chance of speaking with Harvey Keh, youth leader and staunch advocate of social entrepreneurship here in the Philippines. At age 22, Harvey has launched two non-profit organizations, Pathways to Higher Education and AHON Foundation.
Now 29 years old, he continues to tread the altruistic path, slowly changing the society through his seminal works.
50 less-privileged youth have earned their college degree through Pathways to Higher Education. 15 public school libraries across Luzon—benefitting 30,000 students—have been built through AHON foundation.
These are just two of Harvey Keh’s long list of achievements as community leader and social entrepreneur.
Seven years ago, at age 22, Harvey founded Pathways, his first non-profit organization, through funding from Ford Foundation making him the youngest grantee in its history.
In 2007, he was chosen as one of the 20 Young Leaders of Asia by the Asia Society.
With all these accolades and accomplishments, Harvey remains… well… down-to-earth. Reading through his CV, one would come to realize a man who seems to be all work and no play. But Harvey is just like everyone else—he loves NBA, going to the movies, hanging out with friends.
He epitomizes an “ordinary man doing extraordinary things” and this makes Harvey all the more inspiring—a proof that everyone can be a change-maker.