In 1998, Edwin Santiago wanted to continue the humanitarian spirit taught to him by his parents. He began his efforts by donating clothes to orphanages, giving funds to senior homes, providing books to schools, and purchasing toys for homeless children in the Philippines and the United States. For several years, these efforts were successful, but he wanted to create a giving opportunity that was sustainable and one that could engage his friends and family.
Edwin envisioned building libraries for everyone and helping underprivileged children gain access to education. In 2009, he decided to engage 101 of his friends and family in his vision. And with that support, 101 Heroes was born. Since then, 101 Heroes has far surpassed just 101 friends and family being involved and has built 15 learning centers … and counting …
650 million people still live in extreme poverty, and globally, 6 out of 10 children and adolescents are not achieving a minimum level of proficiency in reading and math. With these worldwide issues needing critical solutions, 101 Heroes has aligned its work with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations in 2015. The programs work towards SDG 1: No Poverty (end poverty in all its forms everywhere) and SDG 4: Quality Education (ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all).
101 Heroes offers many opportunities to engage in the life-altering work provided to hundreds of children and families. Explore our projects and learn more about the current learning centers. Join our efforts by making your gift today.
The Learning Centers has several programs and amenities, including:
As interest and support continue to grow, 101 Heroes continues to expand its projects in order to impact more lives of children around the world. With your help, more children will have access to education and hope for a better future.
Since this humanitarian project began in 2009, there has been a remarkable outpour of support and enthusiasm from friends, and strangers alike, who want to make a difference.