In 2001, a group of Chinese-Filipino businessmen and women decided to pool their resources together to extend help to those affected by natural calamities. After organizing various relief missions in remote towns struck by typhoons and flash floods, the group continued their service by reaching out to fire victims in Metro Manila areas.
Recognizing the overwhelming problems plaguing the country, the group committed to be part of the solution. However, realizing that organizing relief missions and providing relief goods were only temporary and short term solutions to deeper problems, they sought to find more long-term and far reaching solutions to the problems caused by poverty. Driven by their common desire, the group formed Charity First Foundation Inc, an organization committed to “helping people help themselves”.
From short-term and temporary solutions, Charity First developed and created long-term programs that may take longer to sow and reap the benefits, but would have a more enduring impact on individuals and communities as a whole.
On July 1, 2001 Charity First Foundation was formally registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission, as a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life of the marginalized sectors of the country through its four main programs.
In 2002, the Education Program, “From the Streets to the Campus Program”, was launched. This would aim to provide scholarships to those who need it the most to complete their Tertiary/University Education. To date, this is one of the most successful programs of Charity First, with more than 670 Alumni and Graduates of the Education Program since 2002 up to 2016.