In 2001, Amelia Hernandez started a grassroots organization to educate children of indigent families as a way to help them break the cycle of poverty. She and her husband, Diosdado, collected school supplies and encouraged family and friends to sponsor children to send them to school through Kapatidkita Mahalkita Foundation (KMF), a certified NGO in the Philippines founded by Fr. Walter Ysaac.
In 2012, Amelia’s daughter, Imelda Hernandez (Erni) Armstrong established Philippines Humanitarian (PH) as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. This was done to expand opportunities for Philippines Humanitarian to reach more potential donors, thereby; increasing the number of sponsored students and developing other programs to support the education and well-being of the underserved population of Payatas (a village built on the largest open dumpsite in the Philippines).
Since Amelia’s passing in 2014, her children and grandchildren, who work effortlessly to nurture and refine the sponsorship program, have perpetuated the legacy of the organization. Currently, Florian Hernandez serves in the role of Executive Director; her devotion to education is observed through her background in Public Policy and volunteer work with schools and nonprofit organizations around her community, where she has instituted policy change, promotion campaigns and holistic improvement. Erni Armstrong serves as the Chairman of the Board, and works directly with Eva Aquino, Program Director of KM Foundation, helping to identify children in need. KM Foundation’s main philosophy is to, “share … the experience of being a brother, a sister (and mother) to children of the poorest of the poor” which coincides with the mission of PH. Moreover, the organizations’ efforts are combined to sponsor children by providing educational resources and continual donations for the progression of these kids through college.
Currently, Philippines Humanitarian sponsors 177 children in Payatas. Every year, Philippines Humanitarian has steadily increased the outreach and impact of the organization. Our scholars are graduating from the program and catalyzing holistic uplift throughout their communities.
Together we have the power to change their world.
Ateneo de Manila University started its partnership with Kapatidkita Mahalkita Foundation, Inc . in 1990 with the Ateneo Grade Five Students and Faculty members sponsoring 16 students. Their support for the organization covers educational assistance for students in Grade One and up to college. This includes school supplies, uniform, tuition and other school fees and daily transportation allowances.
The school also facilitates Health Programs for the organization. It provides medical assistance during Medical and Dental Outreach sessions. It also provides Christian Formation Activities for the youth in the community.
At present, each Grade Five class supports 13 KKMK students while their Grade Five Faculty supports 3 students.
Reed Elsevier Philippines is the shared services arm of RELX group, which is a leading global provider of professional information solutions in the science, medical, legal, risk management and business sectors. The Manila office is located in UP Technohub, Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
At Reed Elsevier Philippines, contributing to our global communities is both an opportunity and a responsibility. As an information solutions provider which furthers the rule of law and advancement of science, we believe that information should be accessible to all. This translates to learning and education being provided to everyone, regardless of their status in life.
In 2011, Reed Elsevier Philippines partnered with Kapatid Kita Mahal Kita foundation to provide scholarship grants to 23 scholars. But we believe in furthering education and providing more opportunities to the community to help alleviate them from poverty. We supported 23 scholars in 2012, and 62 scholars in 2013. At present, we continue to support 150 children which is made possible by the efforts of our local team members and global colleagues. We are one with our scholars in their journey towards achieving their dreams!