Kristine used to dive for sea urchins since she was 5 years old but, unlike most children in Isla Silaki, Kristine has a higher dream. Kristine used to be a child laborer in Bolinao, diving for sea urchins to send herself to school. With the help of donors, Kristine has now fulfilled her dreams of becoming a teacher. Salamat sa malasakit.. Kristine Padilla passes the L.E.T.We are proud of our Project Malasakit scholar Kristine Padilla, who passed the licensure exam for teachers last May 22, 2015.

The Philippines has one of the highest literacy rates in Asia. The Department of Education boasts that 84.1% of Filipinos are functionally literate.

But this is not always the case in remote communities like Isla Silaki, Bolinao, Pangasinan where more than half of the residents are illiterate.

Kristine Padilla, who once was a child laborer, dreams of erasing the curse of illiteracy on her beloved island. She dreams of being the first to finish college in her island. She dreams of becoming a teacher so she could spread the gift of literacy to her people.

With the help of Project Malasakit and our donors, she graduated with a degree of BS Education through the trust fund that was set up for her. She had ready access to the funds while she was in college.She is now a teacher! Kristine has fulfilled her dream, thanks to Malasakit!


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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.  



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.