Thrive Blog

Celebrating Five Years of Thrive

In late 2012, three women promised to bring 250 children a banana during their school day. Five years later, Thrive has much to celebrate and many to thank. This March, Board Member, Amna Rahman, opened her Dhaka home to celebrate Five Years of Thrive. Over 125 people...

Field Notes – Thrive: Manila

This post is a written reflection by Ashley Spurlock, Manila, Philippines.  This is Thrive:  This morning, two friends and I went to an area of Manila called Smokey Mountain. I’ve visited Smokey Mountain before, and each time I go it opens my heart a little more....

A Rae of Hope for Thrive:Manila

Rae Siller may be just 10 years old, but she’s already making a huge impact on the world and on Thrive — her BE THE ONE community service organization recently collected and donated 300 bars of soap to help kids in need! “I started BE THE ONE with my mom without even...

A Meaningful Gift

Throughout the year, the work of Thrive inspires people around the globe to donate their birthday to the children we serve.  This past week, Mira Haurani (newly ten), of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, did just that and raised over $800.  That's over 1600 meals. In lieu of...

PAC x Thrive for Play and Catch-up Program in Smokey Mountain

Last May, Thrive partnered with the Progressive Assistance of Canada (PAC), a nonprofit that assists the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines to have a better life. Thrive is supporting the health and nutrition component of PAC’s Play and Catch-up program,...

Notes From the Field: Smokey Mountain, Manila

Today, as Marylu and I climbed Smokey Mountain, we were met with billows of smoke from the charcoal making and waving hands from the neighborhood children eager to help us carry the water and baskets of fruit to the community center. Once at the top, we worried we...

Ariel Update: November 2016

We are excited to announce that Ariel School for Girls has five brand new students.  We welcome Sumaya, Onkeeta, Mukta, Moriam, and Ayesha.  This brings our total enrollment number to sixteen, although on most days only twelve to fourteen show up.  This is especially...

Student Spotlight: Milon

Milon and his mom live in a one-room house in Dhaka. They share one toilet and two cooking stoves with six other families. His grandparents and auntie live in a village in a tin shed house with a dirt floor and walls made of bamboo. They have electricity, but no gas...

Marylu Fryberger Leads Thrive: Manila

Marylu Fryberger, a Madonna University graduate, former kindergarten teacher from Livonia, Michigan, and a stay-at-home mom in the Philippines will be leading Thrive into a new frontier: The slums of Manila. Marylu, Priscilla Hefflefinger, Thrive co-founder, and Cindy...

Three Successful Weeks at Ariel

Ariel School’s first day of classes were held May 9th. The all-girls school, in the slums of Dhaka’s Rayer Bazar, was established by Rezwan Hussain, an assistant professor at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Rezwan was inspired to start Ariel a little more...

Thrive Heads to The Philippines

Within the bustling city of Tondo, lies a quiet hill-top community on top of an old dump site for the city of Manila. The locals call this place Trash Mountain. It is in the heart of Happyland, metro Manila’s biggest slum, and although it is no longer an active dump...

Student Spotlight: Mamun

Mamun lives with his parents, three brothers, and one sister in a one-room, tin shed house that has a mud floor. His family shares a cooking...

Student Spotlight: Ameena

Ameena, her parents, and two sisters live in a one-room, tin shed house in Dhaka. Her family shares a cooking stove and toilet with some other families who…

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