Our Story

Founded in 2008 by mother and daughter, Melissa Villa and Francesca Villa Mateo, initially to help Melissa’s deaf and mute childhood friend and daughters who are living in a squatter area. Melissa helps in sending her friend’s daughters to school. Realizing that their extra savings in dollars go a long way in the Philippines, they started sending school supplies to other school children living in different slum communities.

In the summer of 2010, Melissa was introduced to the children of Ulingan by photo journalist, Sidney Snoeck. Melissa also allied herself with Pedro Gerardo Silo, a kindred soul and a photographer who is just as compassionate and passionate about helping the children of Ulingan.

Since then, the focus of Project PEARLS’ outreach efforts is in Ulingan, a slum and garbage dumpsite community where over 400 families contend all day with the heat, fumes, dust, stench, flies, mosquitoes and vermin.

Project PEARLS, under the leadership of Melissa’s brother, Juan Villa has a weekly Feeding Program, Scholarship Program and quarterly Medical Mission in Ulingan.

This Summer 2013, Project PEARLS actively serves the slum communities of Ulingan and Helping Land; and the families in Ulingan who were relocated in Bocaue, Bulacan.


Our vision is to end child poverty as poverty denies children their rights to health, nutrition and a basic education.

Our mission is to help the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines have a better life through our various outreach programs. We are hoping we can give them: Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, Smiles.

Breaking the cycle of poverty is almost impossible. But poverty doesn’t have to be permanent especially for children.

We need your help and support for investing in the children’s health and nutrition, education, social, emotional and spiritual well-being.?

Project PEARLS is also helping underprivileged children in Dagupan, Bulacan, Caloocan, Guimaras, and Masbate. Our special outreach projects include rehabilitating public school libraries, public hospital visits to pediatrics ward and the Yellow PEARLS Boat Project.

Tax Information

Project PEARLS is a registered non-profit organization with the State of California. We are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3).

Our Tax ID Number: 27-2624202.

Project PEARLS is a non-stock, non-profit and non-partisan organization registered under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 6, 2011with Company Registration Number: CN201109816 and Company

Tax Identification Number: 008-060-835-000.

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