About Us

It all started with Ernie Deomampo Jr. He had a passion for helping those in need in his father’s hometown in Batangas, an impoverished region in the Philippines. Ernie made frequent trips back to Batangas from the United States, and he would generously help families in need – a new roof, a meal, shoes – there were lots of needs. Even after Ernie was diagnosed with terminal cancer and became legally blind, he still returned to Batangas to share his good fortune with others. Shortly before he passed away, he asked us to carry on his good works. The Ernie Deomampo Charitable Trust and Relief Brigade are the fulfillment of that promise.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple and direct: To make a substantial and lasting positive impact in the lives of the less fortunate in the Philippines.

In 2011, with just a few hundred dollars we handed out canned goods to families in Batangas. By 2017, we raised US$45,000 and launched our first ever Relief Week, where we gave away goats and chicks to families to raise and build a small backyard business. We expanded The Ernie Deomampo Jr Memorial Scholarship, which is now helping 45 college and university students to stay in school, graduate and find jobs. Our free medical clinics grew to help more than 1,400 patients across Batangas throughout the year.

We cannot carry out our mission without your generous support.

You can rest assured that 100% of your donations go directly to helping the needy. The administrative costs of running the charity are separated out. So if you donate $100 to buy a pig, rest assured that that money buys a pig. It does not pay for petrol, or web design, or t-shirts, or anything else. Similarly, all of those who help with the charity donate their time and pay their own expenses. We do this so that you can know that your donation in full goes directly to helping those in need.

Our Goal

Our goal is to help families pull themselves up out of poverty. We do this in a number of ways:

  1. Our micro-grant program has given away more than 2,000 chicks 110 pigs, and 120 goats. These allow family to start a backyard business and grow it into sustained income for many years to come.
  2. We have opened The Ernie Deomampo Jr Memorial Scholarship to all students at any college or university in Batangas, Cavite and Paranaque, using an enhanced application and interview process to find the best and brightest with the most need. Already the Scholarship has seen 22 students we supported graduated. Currently, we support 53 across five colleges and universities ranging from first year college students to many who will graduate next April.
  3. Our focus on education expanded this year as we provided over 300 school uniforms to primary school students and launched our “Groceries for Grades” Program where selected families will receive $20 worth of groceries every month in exchange for their children’s perfect school attendance.
  4. We continue our free medical clinics that we started in 2016. This year we are on track to treat more than 1000 patients and have expanded to provide eye exams and glasses to more than 200 people in need.

Relief Week

25-31 May 2018

  • Medical Care: uRelief Week was a huge success. We helped more than 500 patients receive medical care through our free medical clinic. We will be running a second clinic in November, with our amazing team of doctors, dentists, and nurses helping an additional 500 who do not have access to medical care otherwise.
  • Eye Care: Our first-ever eye care program provided eye exams and glasses to 135 – some who have needed glasses for a long time but could never afford them.
  • Micro-grants:  This year, we gave away more than 100 pigs and 1,200 chicks (on top of 1,000 chicks and 120 goats last year). We have watched so many recipients grow these micro-grants into successful revenue generating businesses that have helped them build a better life.
  • Spaghetti Dinner: Our annual Relief Week spaghetti dinner was a hit and has continued to help feed those in need and built trust and strengthen relationships with the communities we work with. As always it was a great night of friendship and community building.

What We Donate

Relief Week 2018:

  • Education:
    • The Ernie Deomampo Jr Memorial Scholarship: We currently provide scholarships to 21 students (and another 23 already have graduated). So far in 2018, we have received more than 150 applications from students hoping for our support. There is simply so much need and a college/university education is the way out of poverty. Our goal is simply to help as many bright and talented students as we can. Scholarships will be awarded during Relief Week 2018!
    • School Uniforms: A relatively modest donation can help a family get their kids ready for the school year with new uniforms for fast growing kids.
    • Groceries for Grades: This is one of the most exciting initiatives. We have worked with a team of educators at a primary school, representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and are selecting families to receive $20 of groceries each month in exchange for perfect school attendance by their children. A great program that we hope will put kids on a strong path of education and provide assistance to the family at the same time.

How can you help?

To help, all you have to do is go shopping at our online Relief Mart. Simply purchase the items you want and we will distribute them to those in need. No matter what you buy – whether it is a piglet, $20 for our Groceries for Grades program, or even a spaghetti dinner for a hungry child – it all makes a big difference. If donations could be made by 18 May that will give us time to distribute your kindness and generosity during Relief Week.

If you could also spread the word about what we are doing in the Philippines. We only ask for help once a year! Relief Week is our only chance to raise funds to support all of our programs. If a friend or family member would also support us, we could positively impact so many more people in need in the Philippines. Thank you!

 

2017: 24 February – 02 March

For a few years now we’ve raised money, bought rice, and distributed it to those in need. Yes, that helps families in difficult times get by for a bit longer. But it doesn’t solve some of the underlying problems facing those in need. That’s why from 24 February to 2 March 2017 we will be running Relief Week, an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and help raise up those in need in a sustained and lasting way.

What We Donate

During Relief Week:

  • our team of doctors, dentists, and nurses provided medical care and treatments to more than 500 patients (and will help at least 1,000 more in 2017);
  • we announced 20 recipients of The Ernie Deomampo Jr. Memorial Scholarship at Agoncillo College and Lemery Colleges;
  • we teamed up with families who are committed and determined to change their lives by giving them chicks or goats (along with support) to raise and grow them into a family business. Their success stories are already rolling in. Updates will be provided on Facebook.
  • We built and strengthened relationships with new communities in Wawa and Paranaque, by giving away more than 1,000 bags of canned goods and instant noodles.
  • we hosted our spaghetti dinner, this time in Paranaque, to feed the hungry and meet with the community to learn more about their needs.

How can you help?

Please help us by going shopping in Relief Mart and purchasing the items you wish to donate. For each set of chicks or goats, you will get a picture of your purchase and the family that receives it – so you can see your donation in action. Your donation does not end there, the first born goat will be given to another family in need. Similarly, 10% of the profit from the first set of chicks will be returned to the charity to be used to fund additional chick purchases to be given to others in need. Follow us on Facebook as we keep up with the small family businesses your donations are creating. You will see the positive and real impact of your generosity.

So please donate between now and 24 February 2017 and together we will make a substantial and lasting impact during Relief Week.

Scholarship

Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. That is why we are so excited to support The Ernie Deomampo Jr Memorial Scholarship. The Scholarship was launched in 2016 and we already have seen 23 recipients graduate with your help. Many are now either studying for board exams or already have good jobs. For 2018, we have decided to expand the scope of the scholarship to all college or university students in Batangas, Cavite, and Paranaque. We don’t want to miss out on helping the best and brightest who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance.

In order to grow the Scholarship this way and to protect your investment, we have greatly increased our evaluation of applicants. It now includes, home visits, student and family interviews, meeting with school officials, review of transcripts, and a more detailed application with essay questions. The Scholarship Selection Committee is made up of both local volunteers and independent professionals from the United Kingdom, Singapore, the USA and Australia. We have a focus on ensuring that those we support will graduate, find the right job, and be able to give back. We ask each scholarship recipient to contribute 50% of what they received back to the charity within five years of graduating.

If you wish to donate to The Ernie Deomampo Jr Memorial Scholarship just go to Relief Mart. You can donate to the general Scholarship Fund.

If you wish to sponsor a particular student, please email us at reliefbrigade@gmail.com and we will work with you to identify an applicant whose unique circumstances – financial need, academic interests, career goals, may cause you to focus your scholarship donation on to that particular student.

In November 2016, the Scholarship Fund selected eight recipients of The Ernie Deomampo Jr Memorial Scholarship. We are excited about their progress so far and grateful for the opportunity to support their studies. We will provide updates here and on Facebook of all who have received the support from The Ernie Deomampo Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Free Medical Clinics 2017

Relief Week 2017

Spaghetti Dinner 2017

Clothing Drive 2016

The Ernie Deomampo Charitable Trust

We started Relief Brigade to remember Ernie Deomampo Jr. He loved the people of Batangas and will never be forgotten.

Contact Us

Write to us at paul@reliefbrigade.org or fill in the contact form below.