OUR PROJECTS & PROGRAMS
DISASTER RELIEF & HUMANITARIAN MISSION
Work with us in uplifting vibrancy and resiliency in the face of disasters that continually hit the Philippines. First things first- we aim to provide aid for survival, and then we continue to work with communities towards rehabilitation and rebuilding. Aid we have provided include immediate relief goods for disaster-stricken communities, vegetable seeds for farmers, cash grants for livelihood programs for purchase of motorboats, farm tools, and farm animals.
MEDICAL & SURGICAL MISSION
Due to extreme poverty and underdevelopment of many areas in the Philippines, many people in rural communities have poor health, with residents suffering from poverty-related diseases. Join our work with medical doctors, surgeons, and health workers in the Philippines on regular health initiatives and programs. Assistance we have provided on top of the medical services include relief services for poor families and training community members to be community health workers.
Land is life, but there is no land without water. Walk with us alongside communities who are ready to grow their abundant lands. Support our work to develop sustainable water access in remote areas in the Philippines to contribute to their health, safety, and food security.
Work with us and our partner organization in the Philippines, People’s Solidarity and Education Tours. We offer opportunities to experience authentic local culture while engaging in meaningful interaction, building lasting bonds, and above all, contributing to the betterment of communities visited.
PHILIPPINES IS IN THE HEART EDUCATIONAL SERIES
Carlos Bulosan was a writer, poet, and novelist who arrived in Seattle in 1930. Like so many Filipinos, he migrated to the US in search of a better life. His experiences and hardships as a new immigrant living in America were documented in his prolific writing and is best known for his novel America is in the Heart, followed by his collection of short stories, The Philippines is in the Heart. In that spirit, the Foundation for Philippine Progress brings to you The Philippines is in the Heart, our signature educational series of public events, in person and/or online, gathering Filipinos and friends to join hands in efforts toward a full life for every Filipino, far away from home, with the Philippines always in our hearts. In this series, we hold educational discussions, panels, and workshops on topics and issues related to Philippine history, traditions, culture, heritage, and politics.
FILIPINO EATS WEEK
For many Filipinos, food evokes feelings and memories of our past and is the center of gravity for any community in search of home, wherever that may be. Filipino Eats Week, held during the Filipino American History Month in October, aims to bolster support for Filipino-owned restaurants and food businesses that serve as gathering places for the Filipino-American community -- to engage our communities in a conversation not just about the taste of Filipino food, but the ways in which it transcends time and location, bringing people together, and connecting Filipinos across the diaspora through the nostalgic taste of home.
WHAT DRIVES YOU TOWARD PROGRESS? A COMMUNITY DONATION DRIVE
To supplement the work happening on the ground through our projects and missions, What Drives You Toward Progress is our project for individuals and organizations wanting to provide supplies directly to affected communities. The Foundation accepts supply donations to fill balikbayan boxes for our 3 pillars. In lieu of material donations and supplies, we also accept and encourage monetary donations to assist with the shipping of the boxes.
ALAY PANGARAP MENTORING PROGRAM
Alay Pangarap means to offer dreams/vision. This Mentoring Program seeks to provide Filipinos of all ages, educational levels, and vocations a mentorship connection with Filipinos (and some non-Filipinos) of various educational backgrounds and vocations. In contrast with typical vocation-based mentorships, the FPP Mentoring Program focuses on developing culturally relevant skills, abilities, and experiences towards community engagement and service to FPP's vision of “a full life for every Filipino.”
LANGUAGE & CULTURE PROGRAM
WIKANG KAYUMANGGI SERIES
This language learning program aims to strengthen the ties with the Philippines among second and third generation Fil-Ams by building language skills in the context of culture and history, and current socio-economic conditions. The focus of the course is for students to learn the rudiments of the Brown Language (Wikang Kayumanggi) and be conversant in Tagalog.
The Aklatan (Books) Series is a weekly reading session of books on history and culture, providing attendees to the series a deeper understanding of events, life, and historical facts about the Philippines. The focus of the program is to draw in students and educators within the academic community and the general public, engaging them in reflective conversations about current and past narratives about the Philippines and the Filipinos. Books we have covered so far include Dr. Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere, Carlos Bulosan's America is in the Heart, and Ernesto Rodriguez Jr.'s The Bad Guerillas of Northern Luzon.