Building a Network of Young Leaders for the Future of the Philippines

Filipino Family Fund sponsors Youth Leadership Development programs for empowering college students with challenges to make a difference in their communities locally and in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan.   To learn more about human rights, they attend weekly meetings on Capitol Hill.   The students also have mentors in non-profit management, agriculture, and ministry.   These challenging projects provide excellent foundations for their future careers.

Protecting the Vulnerable

Natural disasters such as Super Typhoon Haiyan create breeding ground for human trafficking.  The Filipino Family Fund has proudly partnered with the PREDA Foundation (People's Recovery, Empowerment and Development Assistance) to provide protection of and counseling for 88 children who were orphaned by the storm.  We are also grateful for the support of the Philippine Humantarian Coalition to continue our work with a grant provided last year.   There's still more to do for these children to keep them from poverty and prepare them for the future they deserve after such tragic loss (many were left with nothing . . . clutching only to tree tops after witnesssing the lives of their family members taken from them by 20 foot surges or 180 mph winds.  )   

The PREDA Foundation, who has received three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, has been working tirelessly to try and create a new "normal" for those suffering. They provide allowances so that students can return to school and counseling services to deal with the trauma of loss and devastation. In addition, they host community gatherings that educate children and adults so that they can be safe from human traffickers and child abusers.

Youth Opportunities UNLIMITED

This program aims to give service to Filipino university-age students. In working with local and international partners, the Filipino Family Fund will facilitate will help those families in need keep the next generation of leadership educated and strong in values that support the family.

The scholarship gives participants an opportunity to:

  • Witness on-the-ground activities related to relief and recovery in a post disaster environment with coalition of U.S. based non-profit volunteers.  
  • Learn from their peers who are building sustainable communities and to gain understanding of the Filipino cultural perspectives that can be applied in various contexts.
  • Learn a multi-disciplinary approach to how development in this region is possible.
  • Exchange ideas and perspective related to leadership and challenges for young adults.
  • Opportunity for reflection.  

Students will be directly on the ground in a community that is recovering from SuperTyphoons Haiyan.  A portion of the time will be dedicated to service work in the community (i.e. building a home, teaching small children while parents are in the field, etc.). Additionally, time will be spent learning from local community members on how they are rebuilding their lives.  This will provide participants with tools to become leaders in the future to support the family.