Divine Mercy Human Development Foundation

We're a nonprofit organization that makes education accessible to the economically disadvantaged.

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Address: 8665 Florin Road #8
Sacramento, CA 95828
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Luciana Manrique
Contact Email: luzmanrique174@gmail.com
Primary Phone: 916-525-5593
Website: http://divinemercyfoundation.org
When Sister Luz Manrique came to Sacramento in 2006, her plan was to work for three years, save money from her salary, and go back home to the Philippines to start a charitable organization to be of greater service to the poor. But her day-to-day experience of meeting many people in need right here in Sacramento (like those asking for money to pay for their apartment rent, or for SMUD, PG&E, or to buy food or gas) made her realize that the poor are everywhere, even in the wealthiest country in the world, the United States of America.

So, she modified her original plan according to the need that she saw in the community. Rallying the help of Sandy and Johnny Dell, Adele Madariaga, and Miguel Mejia, she embarked on establishing in 2008 a nonprofit, charitable organization that will help the disadvantaged in California and in the Philippines. Named Divine Mercy Human Development Foundation, this organization applied for an IRS tax-exempt status which was received in 2011 with an effective date of exemption retroactive to its foundation on September 11, 2008. DMHDF envisions a world where the poor are able to reach their highest potentials in keeping with their human dignity. Its mission is to primarily make education accessible to the economically disadvantaged, trusting in the poor's capacity to be free from the ravages of poverty when given the opportunity.

We serve children and families in dire financial difficulty in targeted high-needs neighborhoods in Sacramento, CA and in Talakag, Bukidnon (Philippines) where 60% of the population are indigenous with little or no access to higher education. In Sacramento, CA we serve through our tutoring, life experience, mentoring, ESL, and scholarship programs. In the Philippines we serve through our college scholarship program and microfinance program. The microfinance program offers small business training and microfinance loans to those who want to help themselves. With no paid staff or employees, the organization is blessed with board directors and an executive director who have a very strong passion for the mission for which it was organized. They share their expertise and financial resources, and also work so hard, taking turns in coordinating events, being there to help set up and clean up, to serve, to teach, to sell tickets, to "sell" the organization to people, and to do whatever is needed in order to help children become successful in school, finish college, get good jobs, and become productive members of the community.
Education is a good fighting chance for people to free themselves from the oppressing shackles of poverty. Its importance cannot be understated. There is a great need to support education, especially for those who have no means, so that they are empowered to help themselves reach their potential as a human person and become productive members of society. Our top needs: 1. Funding: Program - A $75,000 fund will increase our number of scholars in Sacramento to thirty (30), our camping sponsorship and educational field trip to thirty (30) each. 2. Volunteers - Volunteers are much needed to help with the tutoring class for the kindergarten to high school students who come to our program. There are no employees in the organization. All of us who run the programs are happy to volunteer our time, talent, and treasure. More volunteers are needed to help us, especially in the tutoring program and in setting up and cleaning up during fundraisers. 3. In-Kind Donations - We hold one dinner fundraiser and a family BBQ fundraising in one year. Cash donations and donations of raffle items and prizes are very much appreciated. 4. Funding: Unrestricted - As of now we enjoy the generosity of CRP (Community Resource Project) that offered us free use of their space on Fruitridge for our programs and board meetings. A big unrestricted fund will help us get our own space. 5. Space: Office or Other - We need additional books that we can use for our Kindergarten to Grade 8 children, especially books that will help them with reading & comprehension and math.
'In our society there are children who are labeled dumb, worthless, a failure, and a loser! This is so unfortunate and even more unfortunate especially when these children are financially disadvantaged. It's certainly not something you'd wish for somebody you know or for any child in this world. What can you do to change the situation? You can support Divine Mercy Human Development Foundation (DMHDF), a nonprofit, charitable organization, established in 2008, that gives free tutoring and mentoring service to children and offers scholarship, life skills, and other education opportunities to the disadvantaged. Our organization believes that when education is availed of, children most likely grow up confident, empowered, and end up actively contributing to the good of the community.

We further believe in the poor's capacity to be free from the ravages of poverty when given the opportunity. Take Tony, for example: he joined our program when he was in the 6th grade. He's smart in math, but needed to improve in his reading and comprehension and overall school performance. He has improved a lot through our tutoring and mentoring service. At his promotion from middle school, he received three gold medals: Principal's Award, President's Education Award, and Perfect Attendance Award. He just graduated with honors (2018) from Jesuit High School -- proud to represent the Hispanic community in that prestigious school. He is now pursuing a college education, and looking forward to be a first-generation graduate in his family. He is 'paying it forward' by coming to our tutoring program once a week to help the younger ones.

Peter is another example, he joined the program as a kindergartner. He knew only numbers 1-10. He could hardly identify all the letters in the alphabet. With consistent one-on-one help given to him, he is now able to identify and sound the letters, manipulate individual sounds, syllable sounds, and word sounds, and able to read. Every now and then you hear him excitedly tell others, "I can read now! Yay!" It's inspiring to watch him go to the shelf to pick books and read them aloud to his tutor. Whereas before he had to be coaxed to read, this time he is so excited with reading. His Mom cried tears of joy when she informed us that Peter was in the honors list. Amazing! Inspiring! Peter is now in the 5th grade and he together with his four siblings have stopped coming to our tutoring program because they can now do things excellently on their own. Yay!

DMHDF is blessed with two volunteer tutors who are children of non-English speaking immigrant parents. As children they had initial difficulty in learning, but with the help they received from tutors they have improved tremendously; have graduated from college and are now professionals. They certainly know how it feels when one does not understand the medium of instruction. Their personal experience has helped them to become effective tutors to the children we serve. They have joined the board of directors. What a wondrous blessing they have been!

Divine Mercy Human Development Foundation (DMHDF) counts on you. Let us work together to make sure that poor children are given equal opportunity to be successful, to fully develop their potentials and thus improve their quality of life in-keeping with their human dignity.'

Luciana Manrique
-- Luciana Manrique - Executive Director