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TEN Foundations

Education as a Legacy

Filipino parents value education as one of the most important legacies they can impart to their children. They believe that a better education creates opportunities for a better future and will eventually lift them out of poverty. However, in places such as Balayan in the Philippines, the limited resources of many families often dictates that the basic needs of food and shelter are, by necessity, prioritised over education.

Engaging people to improve their own lives

TEN Foundations, founded by Belfast man Ian Campbell in 2012, quickly realised that although charity has a vital role in an area of such acute poverty, a sustainable programme that engages people to improve their own lives can be infinitely more effective than handouts and crucially provides an opportunity to restore the dignity of impoverished parents.

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Promoting Self-sufficiency

The TEN Foundations Livelihood Programme provides local mothers with the necessary skills and resources in order that they may provide for their own families and become self-sufficient.

The programme offers basic numeracy & literacy skills followed by intensive training in the use of an industrial sewing machine and all aspects of production from design, cutting and manufacture. Trainees initially learn their technical skills on the production of bags and accessories made from recycled materials including coffee bags, tetrapaks, drinking straws etc.

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Creating Hope, Developing Ambition 

Schoolbags for Success

As their skills develop they can then apply to work in the Ten Foundations project and earn a wage producing high-quality schoolbags.  All bags are shipped to Northern Ireland and sold in retail outlets and online. Surpluses generated from this trading activity are distributed as disaster relief and emergency payments for vulnerable members of the Bayanihan community, school scholarships and life changing medical attention.

Economic Empowerment brings results

The TEN Foundations project now employs over 40 individuals and indirectly benefits 400 men, women and children.  

This economic empowerment of women enables them to provide for their own family – procure food, install essentials such as water & electricity and concrete floors in their home and pay for their children’s education so as to break the cycle of poverty to which they have been born to.

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Other partners who are making a difference

Identifying the right network of dedicated and ambitious partners has enabled us to deliver on our charitable purposes and activities. Here are just some of the life-changing projects that our grant partners have been involved in.

  • Sólás


    Initially established in 2009 as a charity supporting children and young people with a broad range of additional needs including autism and ASD.

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  • South Belfast Foodbank

    South Belfast Foodbank

    Responsible for providing over 270,000 meals to people in crisis and for the distribution of over 200 tonnes of food.

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  • Flourish NI

    Flourish NI

    Helping survivors of human trafficking not only recover from their traumatic experiences but also to regain self-belief and new skills so that they can lead safe, independent and fulfilled lives.

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