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what we do

Thrive connects global donors and local volunteers to children living in the poorest areas of the world by providing nutritious food and promoting healthy habits to give them a chance at a better life.

We feed hungry children healthy food.

We teach the importance of washing hands.

where we work

the slums of asia

Our first project began in Dhaka, Bangladesh–one of the most populous and poverty-stricken mega-cities in the world. Approximately 3 million people dwell in slums. Now, we serve several schools based in the urban slums and others in remote corners of the country, where the broad smiles of the children belie the reality of the hunger and disease that they face each day.

In the summer of 2016, we expanded our reach to children in the Tondo slums of Manila, Philippines, where 80,000 people occupy each square kilometer of land. Here, we focus our efforts on a hilltop community the locals call Trash Mountain. While the joy that radiates from the 200 children here is palpable, the families are severely poor, malnourished, and lack basic necessities, like clean water, electricity, and proper sanitation.


who we are

We are the children, we are the volunteers, we are the donors. We are Thrive.

the children

The children we work with are beautiful and bright, each with a distinct personality. Often, these children have only one meal a day and it is most often rice. Our goal is to teach them good hygiene and provide healthy meals to help grow strong minds and bodies.

our volunteers

Our volunteers are from all walks of life, their common goal is to help. To spend time with the children and to provide food for them. Whenever possible volunteers try to hand deliver the food, taking the time to play with the children, teaching them songs and games.

our donors

Donors are young, old, and all ages in-between. They are from all over the map. They run races, teach classes, hold lemonade stands, give stock money, donate in lieu of birthday gifts, honor a friend, and so much more all to feed the hungry children of Thrive.

our story

Today, we deliver over 8,000 meals a week to 10 schools across Bangladesh and provide feedings to over 250 weekly to community programs in the urban slums of Manila, Philippines.

news & events

Thrive Featured on Dhaka Tribune

Our friends at Dhaka Tribune featured Thrive just in time for our five-year anniversary: It started with a simple delivery of 250 bananas to a school in a Korail neighbourhood. Five years later, Thrive delivers more than 3,750 meals to schoolchildren in Bangladesh and...

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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....

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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...

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“As a mother and a cook, this is a cause that is close to my heart.” Nadiya Hussain

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More than 130 volunteers from over a dozen countries have joined the Thrive community. Join us!

about our organization.

Thrive 501(c)(3) connects global donors and local volunteers to schoolchildren living in the poorest areas of the world by providing nutritious food and promoting healthy habits to give them a chance at a better life.

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