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. But over time we learned what would help families the most – education, medical care, and support to pick themselves up out of poverty. In 2017, we launched our first Relief Week, where we gave away goats and chicks to families to raise and build a small backyard business. We also expanded The Ernie Deomampo Jr Memorial Scholarship, which has seen dozens of students graduate, find good paying jobs, and is helping dozens more stay in school. Our free medical clinics and eyeglass giveaways have helped thousands.
We cannot carry out our mission without your generous support.
You can rest assured that 100% of your donations go directly to helping those in need. The administrative costs of running the charity are segregated and funded separately. So if you donate $100 to buy a pig, rest assured 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 is to help families pull themselves up out of poverty. We do this in a number of ways:
- Our micro-grant program has given away more than 2,000 chicks 135 pigs, and 120 goats. These allow family to start a backyard business and grow it into sustained income for many years to come.
- We have opened The Ernie Deomampo Jr Memorial Scholarship to all students at colleges or universities 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 dozens of students we supported graduate. Currently, we support more than 40 across five colleges and universities ranging from first year college students to many who will graduate next April.
- Our focus on education expanded as we now provide 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.
- We continue our free medical clinics that we started in 2016. Each year we aim to help care for more than 1000 patients, and have expanded to provide eye exams and glasses to those most in need.
Taal Relief Drive
2020: 01 March to 15 April
As a result of the Taal Volcano eruptions and related earthquakes in and around Batangas, many families in the region were evacuated from their homes. Many had their homes destroyed, jobs were lost, income dried up and schools closed. Only recently have families been allowed to return to their homes from evacuation centres. They have found destruction. Relief Brigade is not a disaster relief charity, instead of during the evacuation our team connected with the agencies on the ground to help those in need.
Now that families can come home, we want to help. Education is a pillar of what Relief Brigade does. For the next six weeks, we want to help families who have lost nearly everything with a little stipend (US$7 a week, per child in school) to help defray transport and other costs. Schools are back in session and we want the kids to finish the semester. The more we raise the more students we can help. Relief Brigade does not have resources to help so many families rebuild homes, but we can help provide temporary shelter and stop-gap measures with the purchase of tarpaulins. In our recent visit, we have seen families use them to cover roofs and use to provide protection while they save up to repair their damaged homes. Our Taal Relief Drive will use funds to help families in this way as well.
The Ernie Deomampo Charitable Trust
For USA tax residents:
Relief Brigade Inc is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation, incorporated under the laws of Delaware. Your donations are tax deductible.
For Australian tax residents and others:
The Ernie Deomampo Charitable Trust, ABN 68 549 581 766, is a Registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission. Unfortunately, at this time donations to the Ernie Deomampo Charitable Trust are not tax deductible.
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