Who We Are
The Matab-ang Project and it’s acronym MALIPAI were first conceived in 2011 after its founders made a life changing visit to Bacolod City on the Island of Negros in the central area of the Philippines.
After 2 years of research and many trips to Bacolod City, the MALIPAI project began as a way of providing the local community with vocational training, the opportunity to start small businesses, the opportunity for small scale manufacturing, English classes, computer classes, tertiary education scholarships and financial literacy.
The organisation was formed as a not for profit association with a mission to fund, build and create a facility with a pleasant environment where learning, enterprise development and employment could flourish. This building now stands to serve the local people. The facility employs local staff who help promote the centre, source trainers for relevant training and courses and carry out the necessary administration so that the centre could become sustainable and a place where hope is given to the people who have the ability when given the opportunity to rise out of their difficult circumstances.
Malipai exists for the people of Bacolod City who are members of the Livelihood Association. Malipai’s team are based on the ground in the Philippines and in Australia. Our goal is to help the community become sustainable both environmentally and financially to break the cycle of poverty and enrich the lives of the people in the area.