Poverty is one of the challenges many impoverished Filipino children face that hinders them from dreaming of a better tomorrow. Since 2009, IBPAP (Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines) and TeamAsia spearheaded an initiative to empower underprivileged children to fight poverty through education.
My Dream in a Shoebox is an annual education campaign that aims to equip less fortunate Filipino children with school supplies that will help them reach for a brighter future. For every pledge, we prepare our future leaders and movers of society to make their #BiggerDreams come true.
It all began in 2009, with a modest collection of 200 shoeboxes from industry partners and friends.
Our simple dream of giving school supplies to less fortunate Filipino children has blossomed into touching 116,316 lives around the Philippines.
This year, we want to make our impact even bigger.
We aspire to enable 75,000 underprivileged children to rise above poverty by providing them with the tools they need to pursue their education.
We need your help to achieve this!
Building the community
Help make #BiggerDreams come true for the Filipino youth! Join our growing family of partners and donors - together let’s make a difference in the lives of our children, one shoebox at a time!
THROUGH THE YEARS
The mutual vision of TeamAsia and the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) brought My Dream in a Shoebox to life. We started with only 200 shoeboxes filled with school supplies and 103 volunteers. In 2009, the campaign assisted the life-changing work of CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida by providing him and his organization with school supplies needed for his Kariton Klasrum. My Dream in a Shoebox helped in Peñaflorida’s mission to bring education closer to underprivileged children.
With a significant start in the campaign, more and more partners helped My Dream in a Shoebox make a difference in the lives of more children. In its second year, the campaign was able to collect 3,450 shoeboxes and was supported by 363 devoted volunteers. With loftier goals for its second year, the campaign reached 14 different beneficiaries in Metro Manila.
My Dream in a Shoebox finally goes nationwide by helping make #BiggerDreams come true for 21 beneficiaries across the archipelago. Through the generous donations of the campaign’s partners, we were able to collect more than 7,800 shoeboxes, 200 computers, and over PhP2.1 million in cash donations.
Every shoebox filled with school supplies distributed by My Dream in a Shoebox is aimed to convey a sense of hope to each child that receives it. And in 2012, we were able to deliver hope to more that 12,000 children from different places in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. To make the moment more special, we also brought Santa Claus (the late Michael Alan Hamlin) and Mrs. Claus (TeamAsia President Monette Iturralde-Hamlin) to spread the Christmas cheer.
IBPAP and TeamAsia through My Dream in a Shoebox stood in solidarity with the entire country as we raised each other from the destruction left by strongest typhoon in recorded history--Typhoon Yolanda. The campaign raised more than PhP34 million for the victims of the disaster in Eastern and Central Visayas. More than 13,000 shoeboxes were also provided to underprivileged children across the country.
2014 was a record breaking year for My Dream in a Shoebox, as we have exceeded our initial collection target of 15,000 shoeboxes. Through the effort of our partners and benefactors, the campaign was able to collect more than 28,000 shoeboxes filled with pens, papers, and coloring material. My Dream in a Shoebox was able to make a difference in the lives of students from areas like Eastern Samar, Northern Cebu, Camarines Norte, and Nueva Ecija.
In its seventh year, My Dream in a Shoebox exceeded all expectations as we were able to collect more than 50,000 shoeboxes. The campaign was able to reach children from different areas, from the urban jungle that is Metro Manila to secluded communities in Samar, Palawan, and Iloilo to name a few.
If you have questions on how to make #BiggerDreams come true, please call us at (+632) 847 3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org