Young Focus for Education and Development Foundation, Inc. (YFEDFI) took its roots in 1992 in the epicenter of poverty in Manila where there exists a porn of communal despondency and desolation. A Dutch philanthropic couple ventured to extract any sign of heart and hope from the heap of filth called Smokey Mountain that people have made their home on and make their daily survival mostly by scavenging. The couple decided that the unsolved human decay may see sunshine among its youth by arming them with education.
The Dutch couple banded together with their Filipino counterparts to fulfill its vision. On December 17, 2007, the Foundation was formalized and registered with the SEC as a non-stock, non-profit organization. The Foundation started with 225 beneficiaries in 2008. It has since gone on its course waving the banner of education to the dumpsite community. It built Centers to carry on its mission and has grown its scope of service by providing holistic youth and community uplifting and capacity-building programs. In 2017, it reached 1,346 students from preschool to college level. Since 2008, more than 125 students have graduated from college.
Most of the Foundation’s past funding is sourced overseas, especially the Netherlands. Aiming for sustainability, it now wanted to present itself with a PCNC stamp to be able to source more funds locally.