Annual Christmas Party with Michelle Concepion-Reyes and Family

December 8, 2018 |Saturday

Brgy. 105, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

“Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given — when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.”

— Joan Winmill Brown

 

Thank you so much to the whole family and supportive friends of Michelle Concepcion-Reyes for the Christmas Party for 500 kids in Tondo, Manila! We also have some Bulacan Kids who joined this day’s party. It was held at the covered court of Barangay 105 in Tondo, Manila to accommodate our huge number of kids.

When everyone’s already settled, we finally started this blessed and fun day with a prayer.

After that, some of our LitClub Members and PEARLS’ Scholars prepared a Christmas dance presentation and they showed it to everyone confidently!

 

Surely all of us enjoyed watching it. Thank you, Scholars!

As the program proper was running, some volunteers were busy preparing the food.

Ms. Michelle Concepcion’ friends/family also lead a dance activity for the kids!

And then the children with their assigned volunteers had a coloring activity.

Feeding was then followed. Everyone was served with a yummy spaghetti!

After the feeding, kids enjoyed watching a Balloon Show and then Jollibee entered the scene making the kids happier!

Lastly, before the kids went home, the distribution of Christmas packs and gifts happened.

Definitely, everyone exited the covered court with smiles on their faces.

Thank you so much to everyone who made today’s possible and merry!

 

Photos by: Sidney Snoeck

A Happy Weekend with Megawide Foundation

Project Pearls Brain Booster and After School Program

December 1-2, 2018

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

 

For this weekend outreach in Tondo, Manila, we had a back to back feeding sponsor! Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Megawide Foundation! Aside from sponsoring, they also joined us to volunteer for our Saturday and Sunday feeding.

 

Saturday Feeding and Brain Booster. (December 1, 2018)

This day’s Brain Booster activity was creating Creating Christmas Decors using old cartons and strings. Today’s activity taught the kids how to be resourceful and imaginative in making Christmas ornaments!

 

But before we proceeded with our weekly Art Time, the kids had their feeding first.

 

And then was followed by a Magic and Puppet Show sponsored as well with Megawide Foundation!

 

 

The kids surely enjoyed this show! It can be reflected on their faces.

 

We finally began our Brain Booster. Ate Monica lead today’s activity. She briefly discussed how the kids will do the Christmas decors.

Art supplies and recycled materials like scrap cartons and yarns were then distributed.

 

After a short while, different, wonderful and colorful ornaments made by the kids filled our courtyard.

 

Thank you so much for all the help, volunteers!

 

Sunday Feeding and After School Program. (December 2, 2018)

 

For our sponsor’s Day Two at Helping Land, Tondo, Megawide Foundation scholars taught our PEARLS Scholars!

Preparing of food and then feeding of children came first of course! We have to fill their tummies before we fill their minds.

 

And then we finally we proceeded with the teaching proper.

Thank you to all the scholars of Megawide Foundation for volunteering today as teachers for our PEARLS scholars!

Math Time with LBC Foundation

 

Project Pearls After School Program

November 25, 2018 | Sunday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

 

“One of the most amazing things about Mathematics is the people who do Math aren’t usually interested in application, because Mathematics itself is truly a beautiful art form. It’s structures and patterns, and that’s what we love.” —Danica McKellar

 

One week to go and our scholars will finally have their Post-test in Math.

Hopefully, they can all pass the exam proving that somehow we are helping them with their academic subjects through this After School Program.

Learning Math can really be a tough one to most of us, and to teach this subject also. But then through fun learning, building rapport with our students and showing dedication, somehow, we can all still enjoy this subject.

 

Shout out to all our volunteers who taught and continuously coming back just to share some time and knowledge with the kids! Kudos everyone!

 

Aside from our scholars’ school subjects, we also aimed to teach them moral values that they can bring all through their life. Simple things like saying “Thank You” whenever they receive any favors or gifts from someone – doing this as a habit can already have a huge impact for them.

And we will never stop doing all the best that we could to let these hopeful youths step out of poverty and have a better life the soonest someday!

 

Thank you so much LBC Foundation for sponsoring today’s feeding and for volunteering with us. Thank you also for staying longer just to teach our Scholars for today’s Math lesson!

 

More photos of this day’s event are on our official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/projectpearls1

 

A Day of Celebration!

 

Project Pearls Brain Booster

November 24, 2018 | Saturday

Brgy. 106, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

Today’s a special day not only for the kids but for all the volunteers whose heart and life have been touched by our dearest Raymund Dames.

Raymund or “Kuya Mon” to most has been a Project Pearls volunteer since its Founding Day which was more than eight years ago. Our everyday outreach serving the poor and children became his life since then.

Kuya Mon became everyone’s angel last November 12, 2018. We mourned but we celebrated his blessed life. Surely he will be missed and will never be forgotten.

This day was his birthday and we celebrated it as if he’s still with us.

Thank you so much for the warmest dedication to your found passion and purpose, Kuya Mon. We all so love you.

For this day’s brain booster, kids were taught how to make a crown through paper-folding or so called Origami. As we know, Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture.

Thank you Ate Christine, our Brain Booster program coordinator, for teaching the kids!

After an hour, we had our own set of little kings and queens!

 

We also deeply thank the following for making this day more fun and blessed:

  • Katsuki Lion’s Club for the feeding and for all the take home snacks for the kids!

 

  • Adrian Soco from Singapore for the toys. Thank you also for joining us today!

 

  • Ate Malex for the Ice Cream

 

  • Miss January for the lovely and sweet cupcakes

 

And lastly but definitely not the least, thank you so much volunteers!

 

MassKara Day!

 

Project Pearls Brain Booster

October 27,2018 | Saturday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

It was ‘Masskara’ Day for this happy Saturday morning  in Helping Land, Tondo!

But before our colorful Brain Booster activity happened, the kids had their breakfast of a hearty and nutritious meal first.

Thank you volunteers for all the assistance needed!

 

The MassKara Festival  is an annual festival held every fourth Sunday of October in the province of Bacolod, Philippines.

The word “Masskara” means “A Multitude of Faces”. It came from the words ‘Mass’ that means multitude of people and ‘Cara’ which refers to face. The word is also a pun on maskara, a Filipino word for mask. Masks are the prominent feature of the festival and are always adorned with smiling faces, giving rise to Bacolod being called the “City of Smiles”.

 

Volunteers assisted the kids on making their own glittery, feathery and colorful masks.

 

Thank you so much Ana Constantino for sponsoring today’s feeding and thank you so much to all our volunteers for this happy Saturday morning!

Thank you also to Regi and Sean Antoinette for all the clothes donation!

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Photos by: Ron Jason Pascual

Math Time with UPS!

 

Project Pearls After School Program

October 14, 2018 | Sunday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

Our Math lessons for the Project Pearls After School Program is still on-going. By the end of November and after tackling all these 10 lessons, we will have a post-test to measure the improvement of our PEARLS scholars.

 

We deeply thank UPS for sponsoring this day’s feeding and for being our volunteers as well for today!

Loot bags with cupcakes and candies were also given to the kids as take away gifts before they all went home.

After the feeding of more than 300 kids, our PEARLS scholars properly fell in line outside for the ASP tutorial session.

Volunteers were briefed by our ASP coordinator, Jedda Punzalan about today’s lesson and what will be the flow of this program.

Afterwards, volunteers were then designated per grade level that they will going to teach.

When our scholars entered the courtyard again, it was an hour of knowledge-sharing, a little bit of fun and harmonious teacher-student relationship that had passed.

 

Thank you so much UPS for sponsoring today’s food, learning and fun! And thank you to all our volunteer-teachers! We salute each one of you!

 

We hope that aside from the knowledge we have shared to the kids, we also inspired them to strive more on becoming better not only at school but to their community and to their families as well.

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Origami Day with Ogilvy and Mather Philippines

Project Pearls Brain Booster

Oct. 13, 2018 | Saturday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

 

For this day’s Feeding and Brain Booster activity, it was sponsored and lead by our friends from Ogilvy & Mather Philippines! Aside from sponsoring this day’s feeding, thank you so much for being with us this Saturday morning!

The day started with the feeding of kids.

 

And then it was followed by this day’s Brain Booster. We had an Origami-making activity.

As we know, Origami is a Japanese Art of folding papers to create different shapes and imitating common things or animals.

Our volunteers from Ogilvy lead the Origami session wherein they taught the kids how to make a jumping frog!

After the different colored papers were turned into frogs, a volunteer still from Ogilvy had a story-telling time for our youngsters!

 

The story was about a frog who kept on jumping until he escaped a deep well. He didn’t listen to the other frogs who tried to stopped and discouraged him from jumping simply because he was a deaf frog.

The moral of the story that kids learned was that no matter how hard life can get and problems may occur along the way, we should never stop aiming for success.

We shouldn’t listen to people who only brings us down and we should just continue to believe in our self that we can make it.

Before the kids went home, they brought out cupcakes and pre-loved clothes care of Ms. January and Mr. & Mrs. Brandenburg.

Thank you so much to all our sponsors, donors and volunteers! It was another day of learning and fun!

 

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Photos by: Sidney Snoeck

To view more of our photos for this outreach, please visit our official Facebook page.

 

A Day with LBC Foundation Team and The Worldship Orchestra!

 

Sept. 8, 2018 | Saturday

San Pablo Apostol Parish, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

“Grandparents make the world a little softer, a little kinder, a little warmer.”

~Anonymous

As we celebrate this year’s World Grandparents Day on September 9th, our Brain Booster for this day was card-making for our Lolos and Lolas!

Kids give thanks to their grandparents by creating recognition letters and cards.

We also have some lolas for the feeding and their grandchildren gave some special gifts for them.

 

 

 

This day’s outreach was held at the San Pablo Parish Church as we had special guests!

They are the LBC Foundation who sponsored the feeding and the Worldship Orchestra from Japan for a mini-concert just for us!

Thank you Oggie Cayetano with the Tondo Chamber Orchestra for making this wonderful concert possible. Everyone was amazed and  had so much fun listening to the different musical instruments played.

 

Thank you also to Miss Nena Wuthrich and team for sponsoring the feeding and activities.

Thank you so much to all our guests and volunteers for being with us for this day!

Thank you as well to Olivia McBride and Daren Store for all the donations of clothes.

 

Our kids and lolas had a wonderful Saturday morning!

 

 

 

Photos by: Sidney Snoeck

 

Project Pearls 8th Anniversary!

 

Back to Back Celebration

Batia, Bulacan and Helping Land, Tondo, Manila

August 18 and 19, 2018

 

 

 

Eight years of giving PEARLS.

Eight years of success stories.

Eight years of hopeful stories.

Eight years of laughter, smiles and happy tears.

 

Eight years of giving help to those in need.

Eight years of providing food to feed

Eight years and we are still counting

Eight years or more, we’ll never stop poverty breaking.

 

 

These two-day celebrations of our PEARLS 8th Anniversary would not be possible without the help and support of numerous kindhearted people.

We deeply thank all our sponsors, partners and donors for being one with our mission and that is, ‘breaking the cycle of poverty’.

We are also thankful to all our staffs and volunteers since Day 1 Project Pearls was established and up to present.

We also give thanks to our Founder, Melissa Villa for spearheading and leading the mission all throughout these years.

To all our hopeful youths, children and scholars, thank you for being our inspiration to go on.

Project PEARLS is not just a non-profit organization; it is a family.

And for this remarkable weekend, we came home to celebrate as a family.

Batia, Bulacan and Helping Land, Tondo in Manila are our main adopted community and we will always be grateful to happily spend a day with the families we are helping.

 

The Day 1. August 18, 2018. Saturday. Batia, Bulacan.

Our celebration in Batia, Bulacan started with a prayer along with a doxology of our Kinder Scholars! Such cuties!

 

Singing the National Anthem was then followed and a Welcome Speech by one of our volunteers and board members, Ate Lut Vallefas.

 

Thank you Ate Lut for the heartwarming speech and for being around Project Pearls through the years.

The next few parts were dance presentations by our Scholars, LitClub Members and LitMoms.

 

 

Thank you so much to all our performers for being the highlights of our celebration. We were glad and blessed that we have a very active, talented and cooperative community!

For our feeding part, thank you Bacolod Chicken Inasal for the barbeque and to ate Ludy, one of our community volunteers for cooking a very yummy pancit for all!

 

We also had some distributions of clothes, Koko Crunch chocolate cereal bar, apples and more for the families before they went home. Thank you so much to all our donors!

 

Thank you as well to all our volunteers for this day for letting the whole program be smooth flowed!

 

 

The Day 2. August 19, 2018. Sunday. Helping Land, Tondo, Manila.

For our celebration in Helping Land, Tondo the following day, we would like to thank all the volunteers, families and kids who joined with us.

It was a day of laughter, smiles and gratefulness.

Before the program proper started, we had the feeding of children and elderly first.

Thank you for the warmest and kindest assistance of our dear volunteers that we were able to have a smooth-flowed feeding activity!

Just like in Batia, we had some performances from our community volunteers, scholars and LitClub members.

Thank you everyone for the entertainment!

And thank you to all our volunteers!

 

We would also like to thank the following sponsors:

  • Sherril Salangsang, Olivia McBride and friends for all the clothes distributed to the families in Batia, Bulacan.
  • January Kanindo for the cupcakes distributed in Helping Land, Tondo.
  • Bacolod Chicken Inasal for the food both in Bulacan and Tondo.
  • Anonymous Donors for the Koko Krunch bars.
  • Elizabeth Llamera for the Hygiene Kits.
  • RFM Corporation for the packs of spaghetti distributed both in Bulacan and Tondo.

Thank you so much to all our generous donors!

This anniversary is not only for the organization itself but for everyone – most specially for the children and families in need.

Happy 8th anniversary to everyone behind Project Pearls!

And we aim to count more years of giving and sharing.

We believe that more success stories will be shared in the coming years.

We dream that no child will ever go hungry again and everyone who’s deserving can go to school.

This kind of dream is obviously impossible but here we are, trying and doing our best in breaking the most impossible dream. The closest thing in aiming this most impossible goal is by doing something, even one tiny little steps at a time.

 

“Nothing is impossible. Even the word itself says, “I’m Possible!”

-Audrey Hepburn

 

Photos by: Sidney Snoeck and Rita Dela Cruz (Thank you!)

Project Pearls’ Guimaras Outreach with the Memory Project

 

July 19-21, 2018

Guimaras, Philippines

 

 

 

For the past years, Project Pearls has been reaching out to the kids of Guimaras.

In 2016, we had the Cassie’s Bag of Dreams wherein hundreds of kids had their school backpacks with school supplies.

And then just last year, we had the PEARLS Christmas Toy Drive event wherein we gave toys for the kids.

Last July 19 and 20, 2018 – we were back in Guimaras and this time was in partnership with the Memory Project.

The Memory Project is a US-based charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents.

This organization wants the portraits that they donate to help the children feel valued. And also, to let them know that many people care about their well-being and provide them meaningful pieces of personal history in the future.

Photos of children were then sent to the United States for Memory Project to distribute to different artists. Afterwards, kids will be receiving their own photographs together with the beautiful portraits created by the artists. Each kid received a set of 4 portraits with various themes and designs, and a letter made with love by the artists. Most of these kids do not have the luxury of having a painted portrait that can be displayed in their homes. So through this lovely project, kids will be able to smile through their own smiles! It was such a joy seeing the kids holding their own portraits.

Their smiles are all better upon receiving their smiling portraits.

 

Day 1 at Dasal Elementary School.

The team’s first stop was the Dasal Elementary School, few years ago, this humble school became the beneficiary of Cassie’s Bag of Dreams and Pearls Christmas’ Toy Drive.

The said school’s students, teachers and parents warmly welcomed us and it was so overwhelming.

This learning place has so much hospitality for us.

 

 

There was a short program held for us, too! The kids presented a dance performance for us and ‘Welcome and Thank You’ cards created by the students were given to us. And those precious gifts really melted our hearts.

We then proceeded with our main objective of the visit – the taking of photographs of almost 200 students. We first explained to them what Memory Project means and what were we going to do for this day.

After that, taking of pictures were then facilitated.

We also gave snacks for the kids after they were photographed.

We will surely be back here bringing their portraits!

 

 

Day 2 at Ayangan Elementary School.

The following day, our next destination was the Ayangan Elementary School still in the province of Guimaras.

And just like at Dasal Elementary School, this primary school of Ayangan also warmly welcomed us!

 

It was team’s first time to visit this school so we introduced ourselves, explained about Project Pearls and the Memory Project as well.

 

We then also briefed them of what would be today’s main activity and that was the taking of pictures of these wonderful 150 students for the Memory Project.

After each kid’s photo was taken, we gave them snacks and they were grateful on the simple gifts that we brought for them.

We would also love to be back here bringing their portraits!

 

This two-day trip in Guimaras was really worth it.

 

This Land of the Sweet Mangoes never fails to amaze us. A wonderful island indeed! Strong waves wouldn’t stop us on going back here bringing P.E.A.R.L.S. to every child in need.

We deeply thank all the teachers, students and parents who warmly welcomed us with great smiles and so much gratitude as well. This keeps us going.

See you soon!