Munting Lapis Neighborhood Center, Inc.

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 genesis of Munting Lapis began decades ago when the Diaz family of Magsaysay Street in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines began serving neighbors in need. A relationship formed whereby neighbors felt welcome in the family compound seeking help with basic needs like clothing, food, medicine, and school supplies. More regular assistance took form around 2005 when a Diaz family member initiated a breakfast program in addition to providing school supplies. 
The program expanded in late 2008 when Zenaida (Diaz) Zinski and her husband Mark moved back to Cagayan de Oro. Recognizing the lack of educational support for children in the surrounding impoverished neighborhood, Mark and Zenaida initially held tutoring/homework sessions outdoors after school. Initially, there was a group of approximately 5 children who would attend the sessions regularly. Fortunately, with the monetary support of family, a small, 80 square meter roofed building was constructed. Additionally, a basketball court and a separate covered area were built. With the new facilities, extended hours, and word of mouth, more children began attending the sessions. Presently, approximately 25 children consistently attend on a daily basis with the number sometimes exceeding 40.
Mark and Zenaida returned to the US in 2013 and hired staff to maintain services and operations. Munting Lapis was incorporated in Wisconsin in 2014 and received US 501(c)(3) status in September of 2015. Munting Lapis hopes to successfully solicit funds from the US and abroad. Through years of trial and error and continual tweaking, a comprehensive intervention program has evolved to serve neighborhood children as they progress through grade school, high school, and even college.


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