The Philippines

After learning of a program in The Philippines in 2018, TFI made a special visit. In Manila, there is a program called Project PEARLS. Their mission, to help the poorest of the poor, aligned with TFI’s.

While there, we discovered that although some areas of Manila look very well-off, much poverty still exists just on the other side of the city, especially in the slum communities and the rural areas of the outlying islands. There exists a gap between the middle class and the extreme poor, which is greater and more obvious than we had seen in other parts of the world. As a result, we decided to help. TFI has learned much from working with Project PEARLS so that we can better assist them in their mission and allow their goals for many of the families they serve to come to fruition.

Project PEARLS

Source: Project PEARLS

Source: Project PEARLS

Project PEARLS was established in 2010 by Melissa Villa to give the extreme poor a better life. By providing the children with PEARLS – Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love and Smiles – through education, empowerment, nutrition, and healthcare, Melissa has been able to work on improving life in the Tondo slum of Manila, as well as in surrounding areas. Anyone who visits these children and sees the way they live cannot walk away without wanting to help, hence we could not turn our backs on them and still believe we are fulfilling our mission.

Source: Project PEARLS