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    April 22 After School Program

    Project Pearls After School Program April 22, 2018 | Sunday Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines     “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa     We reached our last lesson for the After School Program Academic year 2017-2018! For this day, our PEARLS scholars […]

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    Art Story in Stones

      Project Pearls Brain Booster April 21, 2018 | Saturday Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines   “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” –Patrick Rothfuss, author     This week’s Brain Booster […]

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    Reading and Toy Library with ASP Team

      Project Pearls After School Program April 15, 2018 Sunday | Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines   One more lesson to go and we’re finally off to our Summer Program! Before the usual feeding to start our day, we welcomed first this day’s sponsor. And they are Elijah Alves, Aivan Alfaro, family and friends! We […]

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    Fishes on the Bag!

    Project PEARLS Brain Booster April 14, 2018 | Saturday Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines     It’s a Fishy Day at Helping Land, Tondo!   After our daily feeding, we played a short film about the Bangus (Milkfish) Festival. Dagupan, Pangasinan celebrates the Bangus Festival every first week of April.   We celebrated the Bangus […]

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    Feeding with Feeding Change Philippines

    Project Pearls After School Program April 8, 2018 Sunday | Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines   We would like to thank Feeding Change Philippines for joining us and sponsoring this day’s meal for the hundreds of kids in Helping Land, Tondo. The morning started with the feeding of youngsters and, of course, this was possible […]

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    Easter Sunday Party at Helping Land

      April 1, 2018 Tondo, Manila, Philippines   It was a happy Sunday morning in Helping Land this first day of April!   And to celebrate this year’s Easter Sunday, it was party time!   Our food sponsor, Peter Kennedy and family, joined us this morning. Alongside the feeding, kids and volunteers enjoyed our dancing […]

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    Re-blog: LITWORLD AT THE WORLD LITERACY SUMMIT IN OXFORD  

    Re-blog from: http://www.litworld.org/blog/2018/4/16/litworld-at-the-world-literacy-summit-in-oxford April 19, 2018   Ana Stern, Director of Program Operations, and Amber Peterson, Director of Program Innovation, recently returned from Oxford in the United Kingdom, where they attended the World Literacy Summit. Below, the dynamic duo reflect on their experience. As two LitWorld program leads who travel frequently and far to observe LitClubs and LitWorld […]

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    PEARLS SCHOLARS GRADUATES (2017-2018)

    These are Project PEARLS grade school, high school and college scholars from Bulacan, Manila and Zamboanga Sibugay. These are not your ordinary scholars; these are scholars who are determined to rise out of poverty! These are scholars who we believe will be responsible and compassionate leaders. These are the future of Philippines whose vote you […]

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PRESS RELEASE

London, 27 March 2018 – Melissa Villa, Filipino-American founder of Project PEARLS, was bestowed the Albert Schweitzer Award at the World Literacy Summit held at Oxford University last 26 March 2018.

Villa received the World Literacy Summit’s newest top award from Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, who serves as UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development. Read more.

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING SPONSORS FOR OUR 2018-2019 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM!  For more info, click here.

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Project PEARLS focuses its outreach efforts in the slum communities in Tondo, Manila, particularly in Happy Land, Aroma and Helping Land. These communities sit on a dumpsite where children have no choice but to live with garbage, mosquitoes, flies, and vermin.

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Young children work at the dumpsite as scavengers. The common meal is “pagpag”(leftover food from fast-food restaurants scavenged from garbage sites) “Pagpag” means to shake away the dirt and maggots in the food.  Please check our various Outreach Programs and read how you can help.

Below is Ulingan, the first slum community that we adopted back in 2010 where we put up our first Learning Center and established our Scholarship Program and Feeding Program.

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In 2013,  over three hundred Ulingan families were relocated to Brgy. Batia at Bocaue, Bulacan by Philippine’s Department of Social Welfare and Development and National Housing Authority. To ensure the successful transition of these families, Project PEARLS is extending its outreach efforts to these families. To learn more about the Philippine government’s relocation program, click here.

Project PEARLS built a Learning Center at the relocation village in Bulacan where we hold nursery classes, after school programs, livelihood program, and other outreach events.

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Food Donations  and Volunteers Needed for Our Daily Soup Kitchen! 
We are in need of rice, canned goods, noodles, peanut butter, oatmeal, milk, juice, eggs, fruit and vegetables.

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Please help us sustain this life-saving feeding program. To donate or to sponsor, please click here.

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April 22 After School Program

Project Pearls After School Program April 22, 2018 | Sunday Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines     “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa     We reached our last lesson for the After School Program Academic year 2017-2018! For this day, our PEARLS scholars […]

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WATCH | PEARLS: A Story of Hope

Project PEARLS was featured on ABS-CBN’s episode of “Storyline” dated February 2013. It featured the Ulingan community which housed a lot of poor families. It also highlighted the organization’s humble cause and how it aims to change a lot of lives of impoverished children through education. Footages of one of the Saturday outreach programs and […]

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Art Story in Stones

  Project Pearls Brain Booster April 21, 2018 | Saturday Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines   “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” –Patrick Rothfuss, author     This week’s Brain Booster […]

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Reading and Toy Library with ASP Team

  Project Pearls After School Program April 15, 2018 Sunday | Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines   One more lesson to go and we’re finally off to our Summer Program! Before the usual feeding to start our day, we welcomed first this day’s sponsor. And they are Elijah Alves, Aivan Alfaro, family and friends! We […]