The Rise Above Foundation is run by a dedicated team from different nationalities.
Please see https://riseabove-cebu.org/history/
The Rise Above Team:
Flemming and Elisabet Hansen, Ireneo (Gabriel) Tangalin, Jovita Beth (Marie) Tangalin, Abigail Biard, Susanne Hansen
With a steady growing work to improve the quality of life for poor Filipino families, the need for more workers have likewise steady grown.
Aida works full time with our foundation as a Social Worker. She communicates with the principals and teachers at the schools for the education sponsorship program, arrange internships for nurses and medical students together with Flemming. She handles government offices and communicates with these on the legal side of the Foundation.
At the Family Care Center, Carmelita does the cooking not only for the 16 children who come every morning, but also for the 26 children that are sponsored for education at the near-by Guadalupe Elementary School. She keeps the center clean and is also a link to the mothers on the Bag-making Program when they need materials from the FCC.
Nida is the teacher for the children at the Family Care Center, and works there daily Mon-Fri between 8:30am – 4:00pm. It is wonderful to see the improvement in the children since they started coming there, as they are now healthy and happy and are having fun learning.
Shane De La Cruz is a Mass Comm graduate from the University of the Philippines. We had long needed someone to work alongside us in the office helping uploading news on different social networks and our web page. Shane is hard working and really “knows her stuff” so though she is fairly new on the team, she has already helped immensely and relieved some of us of work we were doing, but didn’t have much experience in. Welcome on board, Shane! You are helping us making a big difference!.
Jeniffer worked full time with us as a teacher for our children, but now she is a teacher at the High-school in Guadalupe. She volunteers her time whenever she can and is still a big help for us.
Apart from the above mentioned people, we have a steady stream of volunteers from Denmark, and other countries in Europe and USA. Last year we had about 200 volunteers who worked with us from just a few days up to 6 months. As of April 2015, we have over 60 volunteers in about 20 different institutions, schools and hospitals in Cebu.
Without the help of all these people, it would not be possible for us to accomplish as much as we do.