About Us

WHO WE ARE


We are a nonprofit organization, established in 2008, that envisions a world where the disadvantaged are able to reach their highest potentials in keeping with their human dignity.

Our MISSION STATEMENT is to make education accessible to the economically disadvantaged.

WHO WE SERVE

Children and families in dire financial difficulty in targeted high-needs neighborhoods in Sacramento, California and in Talakag, Bukidnon (Philippines).

WHAT WE DO

Tutoring Program: A free two-hour, twice-a-week, tutoring session for children who are labeled as less likely to succeed. The children are guided in their homework assignments, helped to improve their reading and comprehension, writing and Math skills, and overall school performance. The long-term goal is to assist them to finish high school, attend college, get good-paying jobs, and become productive members of the community.

Life Experience Program: The children are given opportunities to participate in field trips, camping, leadership workshops, life skills discussions, and other educational exposure activities. The goal is for them to develop an improved self-confidence, create a better vision for their future, and follow their dreams beyond the limited horizons that hold them back due to poverty.

Mentoring Program: With a trusted adult and positive role model as mentor, children are given guidance to set their life goals, build their character, develop their talents and skills, in order for them to be successful and make a difference in the world.

ESL Program: Believing in the philosophy that “the parent is the child’s first teacher,” we help immigrants acquire basic English knowledge and skills, in order for them to support their children’s academic success.

Scholarship Program in California: This is a one-time $1,000 financial aid given to young people who pursue a college education, and those who take technical education as an alternate route to preparing themselves to find good jobs. A one-time $1000 financial assistance is also given to deserving students who go a Catholic high school.

Scholarship Program in the Philippines: For most of the 3.8 million Filipinos living below the poverty line, education is truly their only way out of poverty. A college scholarship grant (that covers the cost for tuition, books and meal allowance) is offered to deserving youth.

Microfinance Program in the Philippines: A program that offers small business training and micro-finance loan to those who want to help themselves.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Miguel Mejia
Chair

Laarni Aoki
Vice -Chair

Adelaida Madariaga
Secretary

Johnny Dell
CFO

Joseph Balatbat
Treasurer

Laurie Ligsay - Balatbat
Member

Sandra Dell
Member

Candy Moreno
Member

Cindy Moreno
Member

Ruben Mejia
Member

Benigna Rivera
Member


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Luz Manrique

OUR LOCATIONS


8665 Florin Road #8
Sacramento, CA, 95828 U.S.A.

Talakag, Bukidnon, 8708
Philippines 

Talakag is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Bukidnon, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 48,326 people and 8,342 households. Sixty percent (60%) of the population is indigenous.

DIVINE MERCY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION(a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization