Who We Help

VOGA together with VOGCM is helping Manila’s squatter communities in San Buena by delivering hope through education to young people in poverty. Your sponsorship turns dreams of an education into reality.

Living in Manila’s Squatter Communities

With over 12,000 people living in 2,500 square metres, the San Buena Community at Manila’s Cainta Junction is a very noisy and crowded place. It sits on land adjacent to a creek and so is always first to flood when the tropical typhoons come through.  Some floods are higher than the houses.

There are many health risks in squatter communities, including dengue fever, tuberculosis, boils, and tape worms.  Houses are very small, cramped, and hot. Most are struggling to keep enough food on the table each day and live from one day to the next. For most, the dreams of the big city have evaded them.

The costs of school uniforms, transport and school supplies are unaffordable for many families. Many students drop out of school because their families cannot afford to send them.

Bright Lights Learning Centre initially selected students from San Buena Community who had not been able to attend school because of poverty. BLLC now has students from a similar impoverished squatter community near Cainta Junction, Manila, known as Boso Boso. Our hope is that lives in this community will also be transformed, as they have been in San Buena.


The temporary houses in squatter communities are made of scrap materials, mostly timber.


Fires are common in squatter communities and very dangerous.

Manila's squatter community in San Buena
Bright Lights Students home education
San Buena Squatter Community

About our students & their families

Student Success Stories

Your support continues to change lives of young people in poverty. Many of them believed that education was only a dream, but your sponsorship has begun to turn their dream into a reality.

Bright Light Student Erika

Erika's Story

Read Erika's heartwarming story of how she went from struggling to help support her family to now leading a wonderful life with a rewarding career.

I will always be thankful to all the people who have made my journey possible through their help and loving heart.

Bright Light Student Omar

Omar's Story

Omar's story is like many other Filipino students. A lack of finances in the family resulted in Omar not being able to stay at school. Read about Omar's amazing journey from struggle to success, as he graduates with the help of Bright Lights!

I am now a full-time teacher at Bright Lights Learning Center teaching computing.

Bright Light Student Maricar

Maricar's Story

From tough beginnings, Maricar shares about her life of heartache and struggle. Read how she finds success, peace and love through the support given to her by Bright Lights. Maricar now works with Voice of Grace Compassion Ministries in the role of Sponsorship Coordinator.

It is through Bright Lights that I felt loved, valued and supported.

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