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The 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. On his return to Ireland, Ian started researching in more detail the extent of the problems affecting millions of Filipinos, struggling every day just to survive , and Ten Foundations was born . Since then we have impacted the lives of dozens of women from the Balayan region in the Philippines, and by the extension of their children and extended families, hundreds of people in their community.

Ten Foundations supports vulnerable children, adults and families living in the Philippines.
We began by raising money to build orphanages for children in the Philippines, but quickly realised that we were not reaching the root of any problem. We realised the heart of the issue was that mothers were unable to provide for their children as they didn't have the necessary skills.

So, we adapted. Our focus is not on raising money for the short-term, but instead work towards a sustainable future by providing the women with lifelong skills that can help them earn money in ways they would otherwise be unable to.

ALL the money from the sale of our bags goes to the livelihood programme. By purchasing our school bags you are ensuring our workers get paid a decent wage. We pay their health insurance (PhilHealth) and social security. For many of the women we employ it is the first time they will have had health insurance for themselves and their children. They get a free breakfast before starting work and a free lunch. We provide crèche facilities and after school care for the worker’s children.

The difference between our foundation and many others is that we, as purely volunteers from all walks of life, make no income whatsoever from the sale of our schoolbags - every pound goes straight back to the livelihood programme in the Philippines.

Through the livelihood centre, we provide training and employment to 60 seamstresses and employ an additional 10 people to run the centre.
Everyone , including staff ,come from extremely poor backgrounds , with no skill and limited education.

What are people saying?

St. Macartan’s Primary School is delighted to support the amazing work done by Ian & Ten Foundations. Our children & parents understand the life-changing difference buying one of their bags can make to a child in the Philippines. The bags are of superior quality - they’re still going strong after 4 years! Ten Foundations education packs & promotional videos help develop an awareness of social justice in our pupils. God bless you Ian and all for the outstanding work you do!

Ian Campbell has been a visitor at our school, (St Malachy’s, Newry) on a number of occasions. The children call Ian “The Bag Man.”  They love to hear about the people Ian helps in the Philippines.
Ian came to our school and talked with the children about Ten Foundations, what it does and how they can help others thousands of miles away, make a better life for themselves.  Ian delivers his message with sincerity, hope and compassion and caters to children of all ages. Having a Ten Foundations school visit informs and educates young people as well as sending a clear and very important message. 

Carrick Primary School, Lurgan joined up with Ten Foundations this year for the first time. We were delighted when Ian agreed to come to talk to our P6 classes as we had been studying Fairtrade as part of our WAU and thought this might link in. We were really inspired to see everything Ian has set up and how he helps the families in the Philippines.  We were also amazed to see how our children embraced the idea of promoting and selling the Ten Foundations schoolbags to help Ian. It became part of our Literacy too as it helped the children develop their understanding of Persuasion. We look forward to next year and how we can help Ian and Ten Foundations further. 


Ensure that all children connected to the community are educated to the highest possible standard

Livlihood Program

Provide skills to people so that they can earn an income to improve their overall life


Our housing project aims to vastly improve the standard of living for people connected to our project