How we started

They say education in the Philippines is free. But in reality, one out of every 6 Filipino children do not go to school.

 

Project Malasakit is a scholarship project founded by broadcast journalist Kara Patria David in 2002. Despite the growing cynicism in the country, Project Malasakit believes that Filipinos are naturally compassionate. We just need a credible, concrete vehicle to channel our “malasakit”. It is our mission to bridge the gap between Filipinos who want to help and Filipino children who need to be helped.

 

Project Malasakit’s first scholar was a child laborer named Myra Demillo. Myra lived in a remote mountain community in Mindoro Oriental. Kara was doing a documentary on communities that have not been reached by electricity in this modern age. Inspite of the darkness that surrounds them, the children of Little Baguio, Mindoro Oriental remain optimistic about their future. They see education as a light that will guide them out of darkness. With the help of some donors, we were able to support Myra through high school and even send her to college. Our budget: only 1,000 pesos per month!

 

After seven years of support, Myra now has her own computer and cell phone repair shop and is supporting the education of her siblings.

 

Project Malasakit's graduate

Shown here is Myra Demillo’s college graduation in 2006. Today, Project Malasakit has 15 scholars from all over the country — supporting the education of the children from elementary till college.

 

We also have outreach projects for the communities of our scholars and also do feeding projects. With “malasakit”, we can change the world, one child at a time! This is a story of hope.

 

 

How can you help?

 

With just 1,000 pesos ($20) per month, you can help send a poor Filipino child to school, change their lives and give them a decent future  

 

Elementary and High School

P1,000 per month to cover transportation, food, and school projects

 

P1,500 per year for tuition, uniform, student “ID”, PTA, etc.  

 

College

Tuition varies widely P500-1,000 monthly allowance for food, transportation, etc.  

 

Project Malasakit is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered foundation with Reg No. CN 201013987 and TIN: 007-861-739.



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Our strategy is simple

There is a misconception that money alone can solve poverty. It is very easy to give out money to the poor. But change can never be truly achieved with dole-outs. “Magkaiba ang “pagpapa-asa” at “pagbibigay ng pag-asa.” (To give charity is not the same as to give hope.)

 

We do not want to create parasites out of children. We want to help them help themselves.

 

This is the reason we set limits on funds sent to our children. We give just enough to pay for their tuition, transportation expenses, food allowance and books. We choose to give monthly allowances versus yearly so as not to tempt them to use the funds for non essential purchases.

 

Instead of giving funds to the scholar’s family, we course the donation through the school principal or an advisor/counselor. The children must perform in order for them to continue receiving our support.

 

Bottom-line: our strategy works. We not only give our children the education they need to lead productive lives; we also give them something more valuable – self worth.

 

The “Budget”

With just 1,000 pesos ($20) per month, you can help send a poor Filipino child to school, change their lives and give them a decent future

 

Elementary and High School

P1,000 per month to cover transportation, food, and school projects

P1,500 per year for tuition, uniform, student “ID”, PTA, etc.

 

College

Tuition varies widely P500-1,000 monthly allowance for food, transportation, etc.

 

Project Malasakit is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered foundation with Reg No. CN 201013987 and TIN: 007-861-739.