Munting Lapis Neighborhood Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) EIN 38-3974304 organization headquartered in the US with operations in the city of Cagayan de Oro, on the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines.

The name Munting Lapis is Tagalog for "Little Pencil" and is derived from a quote of St. Teresa of Calcutta:

I am a little pencil in God's hands. He does the writing. He does everything and sometimes it is really hard because it is a broken pencil and He has to sharpen it a little more.

To serve the disadvantaged children in a neighborhood community by providing a holistic, education-based nurturing environment.


  • Services include:
                       - after school tutoring
                       - breakfast program
,                      - scholarships
                       - transportation and uniform assistance
,                      - school requirements and supplies
                       - Internet access
                       - reading and math software
                       - recreation
                       - shower facility and hygiene supplies

  • Approximately 25 kids utilize the Center on a daily basis
  • Officers and US-based personnel are unpaid
  • Travel expenses to and from the Philippines are self-funded
  • Donations are tax deductible

Munting Lapis Neighborhood Center, Inc.

Mission Statement

Key Facts


Breakfast program

Celebrating Achievements

Rotary Club Kalayaan Collaboration

College Scholarships

Rotary Club Art Project

Online Reading and Math Programs

High School Scholarships

The Neighborhood

After school tutoring

More celebrations

Playing "Patintero" in the shed