Field Notes – Thrive: Manila

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....
Marylu Fryberger Leads Thrive: Manila

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

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

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...