On June 15, 1991, Mt. Pinatubo erupted, destroying the homes, livelihood, and way of life of thousands of the Aeta tribe in Central Luzon, Philippines. With the land they once farmed and hunted covered in lahar and ash, many Aetas found themselves unable to support their families and ended up on the streets of Manila and other urban areas. Read more here. (Click here for more details of Mt. Pinatubo eruption)

Seeing the need for economic development in the region, the Entrepreneur Volunteer Assistance Charity Foundation (EVACF) was founded to help the Aetas build a new foundation for their communities and families, through a range of training and loan programs, educational scholarships, adult literacy and livelihood projects.

EVACF’s programs cover many aspects of empowerment and livelihood promotion, including education, microfinance and environmental awareness programs.

Founded by Jennifer Wallum, MBE, in June 1991, EVA was initially known as I.N.A. Special Projects – a small, self-funded, volunteer off-shoot of a Philippine NGO that was funded by France’s Enfants et Development. I.N.A. Special Projects organized livelihood projects as mental health activities for displaced persons living in extreme conditions in areas devastated by Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption. By 1994, the registered name had been changed to EVA, and equipment, microloans, training, educational scholarships and other services were being offered to many worthy livelihood projects and communities.