Eleventh Annual Project Hope Raises Much Needed Funds for Indigent Students in the Philippines

Salt Lake City, Utah, November 13, 2023 – Philippines Humanitarian announced that its annual fundraiser, Project Hope, met all organizational goals and was its most successful yet. All funds raised will be used to directly support the education of impoverished students in the Philippines.

Erni Hernandez Armstrong, Chairperson of the Salt Lake City-based nonprofit, thanked everyone who participated in the event, which included traditional Filipino food and entertainment from the Kulturang Philipino Ensemble of Utah. “Project Hope’s success was the result of a large group of generous individuals and businesses who donated their time or money in support of our mission to provide educational support to Filipino students who are living in poverty,” said Armstrong.

This year, longtime supporter Tycon Systems became Project Hope’s first ever Presenting Event Sponsor. Tycon System’s co-founder, Anita Bombita Parsons, said it was an easy choice for her company to increase its contributions to Project Hope. “Supporting charitable organizations has always been a fundamental part of Tycon. As someone who was born and raised in the Philippines, I know firsthand of the challenges facing indigent students there, and I am grateful to be a part of Philippines Humanitarian’s efforts to make a college degree accessible to students who otherwise would not have the resources to complete their educations,” said Parsons. Through Philippines Humanitarian, Tycon Systems is also funding a four-year college scholarship for an electrical engineering student.

In addition to Tycon Systems, major sponsors of the event included Freestyle Marketing Group, Industrial Supply Company, and Jared & Jamie King. Additional support came from more than 20 local businesses that donated items to Project Hope’s silent auction.

“Education is such an important step to breaking the cycle of poverty, and the success of this year’s event means that we can continue expanding our programs, and ensure that more impoverished families have the financial resources they need to keep their children in school,” said the organization’s Executive Director, Cori Sutherland.

Currently, Philippines Humanitarian provides student sponsorships and scholarships to almost 280 students, who are attending elementary school through college in the impoverished regions of Payatas and Macabud. Just over one-third of its students are in college. The organization also provides food assistance and regular shipments of school supplies.


Founded in 2012, Philippines Humanitarian is a non-denominational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children from indigent families in the Philippines get the resources they need to attend elementary school through college, so they can escape the intergenerational cycle of poverty. More information is available at


Erni Hernandez Armstrong