Frequently Asked Questions

About our organization

What does Philippines Humanitarian do?

Philippines Humanitarian offers youth living in destitute conditions in the Philippines an opportunity to get an education so they can escape the cycle of poverty, improve their lives, and look forward to their future.

Who started Philippines Humanitarian?

Philippines Humanitarian was started as a grassroots organization more than 20 years ago by Amelia & Diosdado Hernandez, Philippine natives living in the U.S. At the time, they were helping 12 students in the Village of Payatas, a community that was built on the largest open dumpsite in the Philippines. Mrs. Hernandez died in 2014 and Mr. Hernandez in 2019, but their children continue their legacy. Today, Philippines Humanitarian is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization helping two communities and over 270 students fulfill their dreams of a better life.

How does Philippines Humanitarian support itself?

Philippines Humanitarian relies primarily on individual and corporate contributions for revenue. A fundraising event is also held annually to raise money (currently constituting approximately 25% of total revenue). Additionally, applying for grants is an ongoing endeavor that we hope will generate a larger percentage of future revenue.

How does Philippines Humanitarian evaluate its success?

We evaluate our success by:

  • The number of students we are able to sponsor and support their schooling
  • The number of college scholarships we are able to offer students who meet rigorous criteria, including scholastic performance, poverty level, command of the English language, community involvement, and commitment to pay it forward
  • The number of sponsored students who successfully graduate from college
  • The number of college graduates who find gainful employment in a professional field
  • The percentage of college graduates who pay it forward by sponsoring other students and/or helping their siblings get an education
  • The number of meals and/or grocery rations we’re able to provide to children in the community
  • The number of care packages that are distributed annually to impoverished communities in the Philippines

About our programs

Tell me about the different programs that Philippines Humanitarian offers.

Philippines Humanitarian offers the following programs that support our mission to provide indigent children with the resources they need to get an education and escape poverty:

  • Student Sponsorship – Central to our organization is our Student Sponsorship Program, in which individual and corporate donors provide monthly or annual sponsorships to impoverished students. Their contributions pay for school fees, uniforms, books, transportation, and other needed supplies, allowing families to keep their children in school rather than having to work to supplement the household income.
  • Amelia S. Hernandez (ASH) College Scholarship – Obtaining a college degree is the most effective way for our students to break out of poverty, and increasing college graduation rates is essential to achieving our mission. Named after our founder, the ASH Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarships to college students who have outstanding academic performance, live in the impoverished regions of Payatas and Macabud, and have a commitment to “pay it forward.”
  • Amelia’s Pantry – Learning is especially difficult on an empty stomach, which is why we established a feeding program in 2018. Implemented by our NGO partner in the Philippines, we provide daily meals to the children in Payatas five days a week. Often, it is the only meal a child will receive that day. In 2022, we extended Amelia’s Pantry to the remote village of Macabud, where families receive monthly grocery rations. For both programs, those served do not need to be a part of our Student Sponsorship Program.
  • Balikbayan Box (Care Packages) Program – Care packages are sent at least once year to communities in need in the Philippines, including Payatas and Macabud. Contents usually include school supplies, toiletries, apparel, backpacks, and other materials needed by impoverished families in these communities. Sponsors of students may also send personal gifts through the Balikbayan Box program.

If I decide to sponsor a student, can I send my sponsored child a letter or email?

Students and sponsors are encouraged to communicate with each other via Philippines Humanitarian. You can send any form of communication to us at the address below. Please include your child’s name with your correspondence. We will deliver any letters to the Kapatidkita Mahalkita Foundation (the certified NGO in the Philippines that administers our programs) to be distributed to your sponsored student(s).


Philippines Humanitarian
124 South 400 East, Suite 400
Salt Lake City, UT 84111


You can also send letters directly to Kapatidkita Mahalkita Foundation at:


Kapatidkita Mahalkita Foundation
ATTN: Eva Aquino, Program Director
Lonergan Center, Loyola House of Studies
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City


Please note that, for the protection of anyone involved in our program, we reserve the right to read any exchanges between sponsor and child.

Can I send my sponsored child a personal gift?

Yes! Please contact us at (801) 613-8189 or send an email to if you are interested in sending a personal gift to your student. We do not recommend that our sponsors send packages with any monetary value (including checks or cash) through the Philippine postal service. If possible, please include your gifts in the Balikbayan Boxes we send at least once a year (typically in May) or ask us about making a direct wire transfer for cash gifts.

Will I be able to sponsor the same child year after year?

Yes, we strongly encourage our sponsors to support their students through at least Grade 12, if at all possible. In fact, many of our sponsors have chosen to sponsor their student(s) through college. It should be noted that the contribution amount of $20/month increases to $24/month once the student begins Grade 7, and then again to $27/month once the student graduates from high school (Grade 10) and begins college preparatory courses (Grades 11-12) that are required to qualify to apply for college. If the student qualifies for college, the level of sponsorship is $40/month/student. Please note that any contribution a sponsor makes towards their student’s education is sincerely appreciated by the student and their family.


Because we closely monitor our students and their families to ensure they are meeting program requirements, most of our students remain in the program through high school graduation (Grade 10). However, it is important to note that a very small percentage (less than 5%) have to leave the program because of unforeseen circumstances, such as a death in the family, additional financial burdens that necessitate their relocation, inability to go to school on a regular basis because of chronic illness, etc. In the unlikely event that your student drops out of the program, we will notify you immediately so you can decide whether to continue your involvement by sponsoring another student in need.

What is Philippines Humanitarian's impact?

Since we were approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2012, more than 375 elementary, high school, and college students have received much-needed educational sponsorships from the almost 200 individuals and businesses who have participated in our Student Sponsorship Program. Our organization also awarded 87 one-year college scholarships to students with outstanding academic performance and a commitment to “pay it forward.” In total, 45 of our students have graduated from college, and all are employed, many in their field of study.

About your donations and participation

How can I get involved and help Philippines Humanitarian?

There are many ways to get involved in any of the programs we offer:

  • You can make personal donations.
  • You can ask your company to match your personal donation.
  • You can ask your company to be a corporate sponsor of our program(s).
  • You can attend or sponsor our fundraising event.
  • You can ask your company to be a corporate sponsor of our fundraising event.
  • You can donate items for our Balikbayan Boxes.
  • You can volunteer to help with our fundraising event or to organize the shipment of our Balikbayan Boxes.

Will my donation be tax-deductible?

Yes. Because Philippines Humanitarian (EIN 45-5327723) is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Does Philippines Humanitarian charge fees on donations?

Philippines Humanitarian does not charge any fees and 100% of your donation will be used as instructed. In fact, we pay for any transaction fees ourselves, to ensure that your students get the full value of your contributions. Please note that we allocate $2 of monthly student sponsorships for grade K-12 students, and $4 of monthly student sponsorships for college students, to our NGO partner in the Philippines for managing the Student Sponsorship Program on the ground. The remainder of student sponsorship contributions go directly to the students and their families.

What happens if I don't indicate how I'd like my donation to be used?

We give our donors the option to designate their contribution as “unrestricted.” If that is the case, our Board of Directors will determine the best use of your donation.

How do I include Philippines Humanitarian as a beneficiary of my will or trust?

Please consult your lawyer about drafting a will that includes Philippines Humanitarian as a beneficiary in your will or trust.

Amelia S. Hernandez founder of philippines humanitarian

Founded in 2000 by
Amelia and Diosdado Hernandez


Headquartered in
Salt Lake City, Utah


Sponsored students


Sponsored students that are female


College graduates since 2013


ASH Scholars currently in college


Students in pre-college or college