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Making An Impact - PRESENT

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

-Malcolm X



"I've always believed that education is one of the vital factors in breaking the poverty cycle. Since becoming a mom in 2016, I've carried a burden in my heart. Recognizing that we are incredibly lucky to be where we are has led to a realization that we were called to go beyond, to make a difference, and to effect change; no matter how small, if we each play our part, we will see change.

We had been on the lookout for charities that made a direct impact in the lives of children through education. When a friend shared about The Rise Above Foundation, I knew we had found a meaningful starting point. We chatted with Flemming, who runs the foundation with his wife, Elisabet, and settled on sponsoring two little girls that had been waiting in line for sponsorship for way too long.

The sponsorship covers a package containing their school uniforms, PE and scout uniforms, a school bag, books, pencils and other school materials, and most importantly a daily lunch ticket to ensure they are well fed. 

We are incredibly excited to journey alongside Nathaly and Jannie, and with your continuing support, we hope to sponsor more children in the coming years. Expect quarterly updates on Nathaly and Jannie through this page, and if you'd like to share other meaningful causes, please get in touch at"



Nathaly (in white shirt) together with Rise Above kids and a Chinese volunteer.

Nathaly is a quiet and shy 8 year old who lives with her parents and four siblings in Guadalajara, Guadalupe, Cebu City. Her father is a driver and her mother looks after the family and runs a small store near their home. The family lives together in simple conditions. 

Currently in Grade 2 at Guadalupe Elementary School, Nathaly works hard and takes the initiative to help wherever she can. As a result of her hard work, Nathaly is also an honor student at her school.

Nathaly is enjoying herself doing the artworks together with other sponsored kids.



Jannie is a vivacious, creative girl that expresses herself through art and dance. Jannie lives with her parents and two siblings in Guadalajara, Guadalupe, Cebu City. As the sole breadwinner, her father works hard at his job as a stillman to support the family, and her mother looks after the family. The family lives together in a single room.

Currently in Grade 3 at Banawa Elementary School, Jannie is keen and attentive, regularly joining in on educational activities at Rise Above's Community Centre outside of school hours. Thoughtful and outgoing, Jannie helps her parents look after her younger siblings.

Cute Jannie Mae together with Rise Above kids and volunteers.

Jannie Mae with her older sister Rhea Mae.

Jannie Mae together with the kids and volunteers on Recycling Plastics Day.

More than willing to draw. :)