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We work with local partners in the Philippines to ensure that women and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds have a route out of poverty through education.

Your generous donations continue to make this possible. FPTI: helping young women pursue their dreams Our key partner in the Philippines is the Foundation for Professional Training Incorporated (FPTI) who operate schools across Manila, Cebu, and Calabarzon to help women and girls from poor families to gain skills in hospitality, management and business, leading to higher quality employment.

Students at FPTI schools divide their studies equally between the classroom and working in industry, which ensures their employability. In fact, the schools boast a 98% graduate employment rate and many students are even offered jobs before graduation.

While studying, students also receive one-to-one mentoring which means that they are supported through the huge changes that they go through in their quest to become excellent professionals, while balancing studies with their home lives and families’ need for financial support.

The course and subsequent employment can then have a real impact on the student’s family, enabling her to fund the education of younger family members and even help to lift her relatives out of poverty.