Rise Above Foundation Cebu

What is Rise Above Foundation Cebu?

Rise Above is a Non-Profit NGO, an active group of people who focuses on improving the quality of life for the underprivileged families in Cebu, Philippines. We give skills training, run health, hygiene and educational programs, give active help in disaster areas, and aid individuals in need.

Our Mission

An improved quality of life for those struggling with poverty in Cebu

Our Vision

Enabling the next generation of Cebuanos to rise above the challenges of the future through access to education, livelihood and healthcare

Our Goal

To improve the poor condition of the people in Cebu Province through provision of programs and services on education and training, health & hygiene, and creative livelihood opportunities in a community-based setting

More About Us

In the Philippine culture, the higher the educational attainment, the higher the likelihood of landing a decent-paying job. One of the sad realities faced by Filipinos is that no matter how skilled or experienced a person who did not finish one’s studies is, another unskilled or unexperienced person with a high school or college degree will get the job. Due to poverty, most underprivileged families can only afford to send to school one of many siblings, whom the family will most likely rely on in the future after graduating.

For a monthly pledge of only 40 US$ for elementary students, 45 US$ for junior high school students, and 50 US$ for senior high school students, sponsored children will receive educational materials, uniforms, books, as well as daily lunch and snacks. By sponsoring education for one or more children, you help build independent and educated individuals with a bright future, as well as pave the way for more families to be brought out of poverty.

To this day, over 140 children are being sponsored for their elementary and high school education. Some generous sponsors continue to provide financial assistance so students can proceed to vocational schools and colleges after graduating from high school. On behalf of the families of these children, we would like to express our gratitude to each of the sponsors who make it possible for the children to receive a proper education. Thank you very much!

Social Profiles

Name - Kate Alvarez
Age - 10 Years Old
Sex - Female
Birthday - August 15, 2011
Where attending school and the Grade - Guadalupe Elementary School Grade 4
The comments on living conditions - Kate lives with her 3 siblings and parents inside their small house at Sambag II, a relocation site back in the days. Inside their home are basic equipment for the kitchen and entertainment. Like most of their neighbors, they sleep on the floor as a family. Since their father’s job as a plumber is intermittent, they make sure to do their best in their studies so one day they can help their parents, too.
Name - Jeric Rodriguez
Age - 8 Years Old
Sex - Male
Birthday - October 27, 2013
Where attending school and the Grade - Inayawan Elementary, Grade 2
The comments on living conditions - Pig raising is the main livelihood Jeric’s father while his mother is a temporary volunteer at Enfants Du Mekong foundation. Their house was turned to ashes during the fire at Inayawan last 2019; thus, they made this new home from scratch. There’s no electricity at home; thus, he makes sure to study his lessons while daylight is on so he can complete his requirements on time. Her older sister, who is currently a working-student, provides for their rice.
Other comments section - Previously, his father worked as a garbage loader but he stopped because of old age. The pigs they raise are not their own, he is paid to take care of them.
Name - Mavelle Sumabong
Age - 16 Years Old
Sex - Female
Birthday - December 22, 2002
Where attending school - Inayawan Elementary
The comments on living conditions -Their house is falling apart and they get wet when it rains. As it is located in a rubbish dump, there are always lots of flies and mosquitoes inside and outside their house. Their house is made of light materials and they have a small space outside their home where they can sort trash and sell what can be sold. They do this together as a family.
Name - Precy Jean Taborada
Age - 14 Years Old
Sex - Female
Birthday - June 24, 2007
Where attending school - Ramon Duterte, Gr.8
The comments on living conditions - Their house is made of light materials and with very basic home appliances. Precy’s parents, despite their age, work everyday and they earn a minimum wage. His father rides his bicycle every morning to drive her mother to work as a house helper. He then proceeds in downtown Cebu to report to his work in the construction.
Name - Shaneleeh C. Villeno
Age - 11 Years Old
Sex - Female
Birthday - October 9, 2009
Where attending school - Ramon Duterte Memorial National High school Grade 7
The comments on living conditions - Shaneleeh lives in the crowded area of Sitio Sambag II, Guadalupe. A visit to their home would show a small kitchen space, no bed, and foam for sleeping which is placed directly the floor. She has 5 siblings and his father works hard as a plumber to provide for all his children.
Name - John Andri Smith Sardido
Age - 16 Years Old
Sex - Male
Birthday - June 24, 2007
Where attending school - Ramon Duterte, Gr.9
The comments on living conditions - The Sardido family lives in a small house along the river of Guadalupe where they experience flooding in the past years. Due to the recent river riprop, they are much safer now but still, the risk is high especially during rainy season. Light materials comprise their house for 6 people. Majority of the day, the mother spend time in her small marketplace stall to sell vegetables.
Other comments section - The other is a construction worker but lost his job due to stoppage of project due to pandemic.
Name - Simbajon Aljun Janiola
Age - 24 Years Old
Sex - Male
Birthday - June 13, 1997
Where attending school - University Of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), 5th Year, Bachelor of Science and Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
The comments on living conditions - This student is self-supporting himself to complete his 5-year College Degree in the University. Although Mechanical Engineering may be costly, he has gained a school scholarship from being a member of the Dance Troupe. As a graduating student, he thinks that getting help for his school materials, meal and transportation expenses would make a big difference.
Other comments section - Name of Government/School Scholarship (If Any): USPF Bidlisiw dance troupe (24 Units) 32,197.04 Pesos
Name - Angelu Mahinay
Age - 21 Years Old
Sex - Female
Birthday - September 13, 2000
Where attending school - University of Cebu, 2nd Year College Student, Information Technology
The comments on living conditions - The house is small, made out of wood. It’s only one room where they do the cooking, eating and sleeping. Her tuiton per year is Php 26, 000. Since she is a Cebu City Scholar, 10,000 is demerited and another 8,500 is discounted c/o University scholarship. Angelu has 7,000 balance of her tuiton each semester.
Other comments section - Her father died two years ago since he was shot by mistake. Her mother works as a helper but not in a regular basis. She is on call when she is needed.

SAGE Collaboration Team

Mariel Bontilao

Christy Cabahit

Inngun Elisabeth Hansen (Project Manager)

Marie M. Tangalin (Education Sponsorship Manager)