Poverty deprives children of their rights to education, health and nutrition. Without the capacity to pursue their dreams and maximize their potential, children born in poverty are often left with no choice but to stay home, and sometimes engage in child labor, instead of going to schools, playing and learning.
Giving children Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, and Smiles is exactly what Project PEARLS is about.
Established in 2010, what started as a two-woman team has become a larger group of passionate individuals who volunteer to support the advocacy of Project PEARLS.
Initially, Melissa Villa and her daughter Francesca were only helping Melissa's deaf and mute friend by sending her friend's two children to school but after witnessing the impact of such project, Project PEARLS was born with the help of a few more friends and volunteers.
The project's main goal is to help the children get out of the constraints of poverty and enable them to pursue their dreams.
With special focus on education, nutrition, economic and community development, Project PEARLS provides children with scholarship grants and other educational and nutritional resources.
The group currently has about 300 scholars from pre-school to college. More than just giving scholarships, the group provides daily nutritious meals to children in select schools. The "After School Program" meanwhile gives the children opportunity to be kids who play and explore their interests --- a break from their daily responsibilities of working and looking after their siblings. They also conduct free medical missions to communities and provide financial aid for medical needs when necessary.
Project PEARLS also team up with other organizations, companies, and individuals to conduct other projects benefiting children in more communities. Check out more of their programs here.
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