Ten Foundations , a NI charity founded in 2012 by Belfast man Ian Campbell ,is helping to empower women living in poverty in the Philippines , through its livelihood programme these woman are given the skills and tools to transform their own lives , from being caught in the terrible cycle of poverty they can now look forward to a better life , a simple thing like a schoolbag can change their lives forever , Ten Foundations buys sewing machines and teaches the local women how to sew , women from very poor backgrounds with no skill and no education , woman who have never had a chance in their lives , untill now , they still live in basic conditions but can now feed their kids every day , they can go to the doctor if they are sick , they can improve their home , and most importantly they can send their kids to school every day , escaping the life of poverty they have been born into.
The woman now make high quality schoolbags and backpacks that are available in Ten Foundations charity shop at 355 Lisburn rd Belfast and Castle Court, or online at www.tenfoundations.org
So if you are thinking of buying a new schoolbag why not buy one that can have such a positive impact on a child living 7000 miles away , a simple thing like a schoolbag , changing lives forever
story of TEN Foundations is a story of an ordinary man with an
extraordinary vision. In 2011,Belfast man, Ian Campbell, went on a holiday to the Philippines. There he fell in love with the country, the culture and the people, but soon realised there was another side with many people living in terrible poverty.
Our USP ( Unique Selling Point) is that all our bags are made by indigent people from poor backgrounds in the Philippines, thats what makes them special , thats what makes them unique, we can tell people the names of all the mothers who make their bags , we know their stories , their struggles, each of our bags are handmade by one of our “mothers” in the Philippines , we ensure they are always made to the highest standard using the best components , YKK zippers , the best there is , fabric sourced from reputable companies , but most of all, made with love and care.
Our team in the Philippines is led by Arline , an inspirational and capable woman , Arline embodies the ethos of Ten foundations in so many ways , kindness , compassion , integrity , honesty and simple decency , she is ably supported by Ampol and team in production and Raul , head of our design team , together they lead the mothers who make our schoolbags , many of whom have been with Ten Foundations since we began, nearly 10years , long term help and support being the foundation that we are built on.
We have worked with Ten Foundations for two years now and we cannot recommend their products highly enough. The bags are of the best quality and we love using the charity as an opportunity for teaching the children about helping others. It is an insight into a different community and culture. We love hearing about the progress being made by the ‘scholars’ and being able to see how the money is actually spent on the ground. Ian and the team do a wonderful job, long may it last’.
ST Patricks PS , Garvagh