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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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    Moving Up and Recognition Day of Pearls Scholars in Batia, Bulacan

      March 17, 2018 Saturday | Batia, Bulacan, Philippines     Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal once said that the youth is the hope of our country. They are the one who will bring our country into a brighter future. The question is, how? We, in Project Pearls, strongly believe that one of the […]

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    LitClub Updates: Zamboanga Sibugay – Expressing Confidence

    March 17, 2018 | Saturday Zamboanga Sibugay     Our LitClub members in Zamboanga Sibugay discussed “expressing confidence” through journal writing and singing a story. In this activity, members answered the question, ‘What is one thing that they really like about themselves?’ They expressed it through words and drawings on their journals.     After […]

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    Story-telling Day

      Project Pearls After School Program March 11, 2018 | Sunday Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines   “Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, and open us to the claims of others.” – Peter Forbes, photographer and author     We took a break from our regular scheduled lessons […]

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    Celebrating International Women’s Day

    Project Pearls Brain Booster March 10, 2018 | Saturday Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines   “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it […]

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    LitClub Updates: LitClub Zamboanga Discussing Confidence

    February 24, 2018 Saturday | Zamboanga Sibugay   Our Zamboanga Sibugay LitClub members had an exciting list of activities for the week:   ~ Discussing Confidence: Taking a Stand. In this activity, LitClub members were asked to advocate for something they believe in. Members shared their thoughts of what was one moment this week when […]

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    Basic Photography Lesson for HOPE Youth Members

    Batia, Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines February 17, 2018 | Saturday   For this day at our PEARLS Learning Center in Batia, Bulacan, our HOPE youth members hosted a “Basic Photography Workshop”.   About our HOPE Youth Members: In 2017, three girls from Bulacan joined the HerStory Summit in New York in which they shared their stories […]

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    Flowery Chinese Lanterns

        ­­­­Project Pearls Brain Booster February 24, 2018 Saturday Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines     For this week’s Brain Booster in Helping Land, kids made colorful paper Chinese lanterns with paper flowers as the designs. This is in observance of the recent celebration of Lunar New Year and the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio. […]

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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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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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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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Moving Up and Recognition Day of Pearls Scholars in Batia, Bulacan

  March 17, 2018 Saturday | Batia, Bulacan, Philippines     Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal once said that the youth is the hope of our country. They are the one who will bring our country into a brighter future. The question is, how? We, in Project Pearls, strongly believe that one of the […]

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LitClub Updates: Zamboanga Sibugay – Expressing Confidence

March 17, 2018 | Saturday Zamboanga Sibugay     Our LitClub members in Zamboanga Sibugay discussed “expressing confidence” through journal writing and singing a story. In this activity, members answered the question, ‘What is one thing that they really like about themselves?’ They expressed it through words and drawings on their journals.     After […]