Annual Founders Letter
Propelled by the continued generosity of our caring donors, we were able to significantly expand our charitable programs and services in 2018. Project Phil raised over $27,000 from 100+ donors. This incredible support allowed us to grow our flagship Scholarship program and complement our educational initiatives with a new Health and Hunger program.
We launched the Health and Hunger program in February 2018 in Manila and quickly expanded the program to service underserved communities in Baguio and Tagaytay. The program delivers food, medicines, hygiene products, clothing and other essentials to those that need it most.
In 2018, we were able to service over 300 children and adults living in poverty. Project Phil sent 25 large care packages to our three locations filled with items that were personally donated or purchased with the funds we raised. We also hosted four community feeding events with hot meals and gifts for the children. These events allow us to get to know our communities better and identify the specific needs of the people we serve. In 2019, we will be expanding our Health and Hunger program to a fourth location in the Camotes Islands!
Our Scholarship program saw positive growth in 2018 as well. Project Phil awarded 40 private school scholarships to our partner school, Mater Dei Academy, for the 2018-19 school year. Our scholars received multiple honors in math, science, literature and other topics at regional academic competitions and all exceeded our rigorous grade average requirements. We also saw our first Project Phil scholar graduate Mater Dei Academy (with high honors!). He earned a full university scholarship and will be pursuing a career in aeronautical engineering. We couldn’t be more proud!
For the upcoming 2019-20 school year, we are thrilled to add 10 new scholarship slots bringing the total to 50. Looking ahead to 2020-21, our goals are to offer 60 private school scholarships and introduce university scholarships. This means we will soon be able to support our Project Phil scholarship students from junior high school all the way through university graduation!
Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts to all of our donors for supporting our educational and humanitarian mission in the Philippines.