Cartwheel Foundation, Inc. (CFI) is a duly recognized non-stock, non-profit
organization, incorporated in accordance with the Corporation Code of the
Philippines on October 1, 1999 (Security Exchange Commission Registration #A1999-15468). The Foundation
envisions a Philippines where Indigenous Peoples (IP) enjoy their rights to
quality education, self-determination and active participation in community
life amidst a thriving heritage. Its mission is to empower IP communities by
harnessing self-sustaining capacities through culturally relevant education.
Since its inception in 1999, CFl has made an impact on close to 40 communities and over 11,000 IP lives, producing pre-school graduates through its Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program, college graduates through the Young IP Leaders Program, and adult learners through the Adult Capability Building Program (ACAP).
In 2003, CARTWHEEL was recognized by former Philippine President Corazon Aquino as one of the 20 non-government organizations of the People Power People Movement for bringing “health, livelihood, education and hope” to Indigenous Peoples.
In June 2006, CARTWHEEL contributed to the establishment of an Indigenous Peoples College called Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education in Mintal, Davao City. Together with partners University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), ILAWAN Center for Volunteer and Leadership, Assisi Development Foundation, Office of Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr., and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Region XI, Pamulaan provides college education to IPs who dream of an educational program rooted in their life, culture, and aspirations as a people.
In 2014, the organization was conferred the Best Practices Award from UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding for the program on Early Childhood and Elementary Education for the indigenous Higaonon learners in Sinakungan, Agusan del Sur.
CFI is also an accredited organization by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC), and is affiliated with networks such as the Association of Foundations and the Zero Extreme Poverty Movement.