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    Project Pearls, Ulingan, Philippines

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    Melissa Villa, visiting Ulingan, Philippines

    Project Pearls 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.

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

    Project Pearl’s 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.

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

    In celebration of and in thanksgiving for Melissa’s 50th and Mother’s Day (May 11th), Project Pearls would like to treat 50 mothers from Ulingan. Project PEARLS’ goal is to raise 50 $50 for 50 moms.

    To learn more and to donate: http://www.projectpearls.org/project-50/

     


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    Young children work either at the charcoal factories and/or at the dumpsite as scavengers. The common meal is “pagpag”(leftover food from fast-food restaurants scavenged from garbage sites) “Pagpag” means to shake away the dirt and maggots in the food.

    More information about Project Pearls at: http://www.projectpearls.org/