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....
A Rae of Hope for Thrive:Manila

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

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...
Notes From the Field: Smokey Mountain, Manila

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

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

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...