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Updated: Sep 3, 2021

“When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives,” according to ProLiteracy

One of our Groups

According to the Local Government unit of Escalante City:

  • About 22 percent of households were living in makeshift housing or were informal settlers.

  • About 49.8 percent of the households did not have access to safe water supply

  • About 47.5 percent did not have access to sanitary toilet facilities.

  • About 71 in every 100 households were living below the poverty threshold.

  • At least 55 in every 100 households had no sufficient income to satisfy their food needs.

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The children are underfed and malnourished, they get rice for breakfast and dinner with an occasional bit of fish or meat mixed in once or twice per week.

Informal Settlers (Squatters)

When a family barely survives on less than two dollars a day, there is not enough money for food let alone anything else. Sadly, this is why illiteracy is passed on from generation to generation.

Give a man a fish and you will feed him dinner. Teach him to fish and he will eat forever.

We are teaching the children of illiterate parents; they do not have the skills to teach their children anything but unskilled labor.

Some children want to go to school despite the fact that the parents do not have the money to send them. Many parents believe it is the child’s duty to work to help the family. These hard-working children want to rise above their circumstances to become the teachers, health care workers, science, technology, engineering and mathematicians needed so badly in their country and all over the world.

“Because we are poor, my grandparents cannot afford to send us to school. My grandparents are fisherman and they are getting old. My parents broke up and they left us with nothing. I want to continue to go to school so I can help my brothers and sisters as well.”


Child Workers

Filipino children that cannot attend school are compelled to work 10-hour days for less than $2.00 to help support the needs of their family. This keeps the cycle of illiteracy passing from one generation to the next. Close to a million Filipino youths work as garbage scavengers in public dumps. The working conditions are filthy and have serious effects on the health of those individuals. Other children work in farms and plantations; in dangerous mines; on streets; in factories; and in private homes as child domestic workers. These children have jobs that place them in immediate physical danger, risks that include exposure to potentially harmful chemicals or sharp tools, and other dangers that may be less obvious but no less risky. Children are often forced to work long hours with few breaks, taking a toll on their physical development. Others are abused by their employers, both physically and psychologically.

The Hesser Foundation was founded in 2015. We help the children who wish to go to school by paying for their school supplies and costs, however, the children must keep their grades up or they will be dropped from our program.


The cost of tuition and the school supplies are $20.00 per year. Your gift of $10.00, $15.00 or $25.00 will not change the world but it will change the world for one child!

These children living in disadvantaged communities need your help.

“Alone we can do so little;

Together we can do so much”

Helen Keller

Imagine what it would be like if YOU could not:

Fill out a job application

Read a road sign

Read food labels

Read a story to your child

Our mission is to lift all homeless, displaced, disadvantaged, youth out of poverty by supporting critical tutoring, educational, and nutritional programs.


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