Action speaks louder than words
Since November 2000, we have been working as volunteers in Cebu City, Philippines. Our team is striving to help improve the quality of life for the underprivileged by means of providing educational opportunities, livelihood training, and health and hygiene programs.
We connect and cooperate with volunteers from all over the world and help facilitate their work and accommodations in Cebu. We establish contact with schools and institutions for students in our internship program, and give free treatment to those in need through Dental Missions. Dentists and dental hygienists from several western countries participate in our projects to provide treatment as well as oral education for underpriviledged children and adolescents.
Our vision is to give people a chance to lead better lives through education and training. You can help make that dream a reality through financial contributions or through working as a volunteer.
An improved quality of life for those struggling with poverty in Cebu
Enabling the next generation of Cebuanos to rise above the challenges of the future through access to education, livelihood and healthcare
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
Our Team in Cebu
Flemming and Elisabet Hansen
Flemming and Elisabet came to Cebu in 2000 and have since established the Rise Above Foundation Cebu. Flemming is the president and Elisabet a project manager. They have come to love the Filipino people and see that there is a good possibility of families pulling out of poverty. Many have not the education nor the means to change their present situation, but with education, training and livelihood programs, they believe that the children and youth can make the change both for themselves and their families
Ireneo and Jovita Tangalin
Abi joined the team in 2008 as a volunteer and has been a great help in making the livelihood program, Rise Up Craft Creations, what it is today. She has inspired women to rise up out of poverty by teaching and training them in weaving bags, mats, purses etc. These women today are teaching other women to do the same. The trendy items are popular, and it has given the women a sense of fulfillment, prospering and making a difference for their families and others.
Esther Amor Tangalin
Esther is our “in house” dentist. Being the daughter of Gabe and Marie, she got to experience being part of the dental missions, so in an early age, she already knew she also wanted to become a dentist. She now has her own clinic and is the local dentist who always joins the different dental missions. She is also a member of the board of Rise Above Foundation.
Aisel Faith Mayonila
Aisel is our Social Worker. As our goal as a Foundation is to improve the quality of life for struggling families, Aisel’s work is a big challenge, as she deals with problems that our beneficiaries face, be it in education, family life and poverty. She is the youngest member of our team, but the energy and motivation she shows, wanting to make a difference and being a help to the needy people she faces, has given us deep respect for her and we are thankful to have her on our team.
Ludmila Adie Macasil
Romeo and Carmelita Septimo