Companion with the Poor is a non-profit, Christian organization that works with the poorest communities in Metro Manila by planting holistic churches that meet the spiritual and physical needs of the most marginalized in the least reached slums. CWTP partners with local churches to plant sustainable churches within two years.



CWTP’s impact over the years (1984 to present)

  1. CWTP has created a social movement of early childhood programs in partnership with over 400 churches providing quality education to over 100,000 children. These children receive spiritual, mental and socio-psychological nurture and an environment of acceptance and love.
  2. Trained, mentored and provided jobs for over 2,000 teachers and administrators among the poor.
  3. Published preschool books for children in partnership with Christian professors from the University of the Philippines.
  4. Planted over 31 holistic churches among the poorest of the poor in Metro Manila who are able to sustain themselves. They receive leadership development training from CWTP enabling them to set up their own schools and other community projects relevant in their context like livelihood and community drug stores.
  5. From the slums, CWTP has mobilized dozens of workers to the harvest, workers without homes, without financial support, but full of the Holy Spirit, going out to the other slums to bring the gospel to their fellow poor. Most of the conversions in the Philippines, like the rest of the world, are happening among the poor. For more than 20 years now, thousands of those converts have heeded the call to mission, despite their poverty. We have found that the poor have less attachment to material possessions and are easier to mobilize. Today more than 60% of our staff are from the slums.
  6. Initiated the Certificate in Early Childhood Education in partnership with Asian Theological Seminary to equip teacher and administrators in establishing their preschools.
  7. Initiated the MA in Transformational Urban Leadership at Asian Theological Seminary equipping God’s leaders on how to minister among the poor. This program is in partnership with Encarnacao Alliance, a fraternal network of urban mission leaders.
  8. Initiated the Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership in the Global City at Asian Theological Seminary in partnership with Bakke Graduate University in Seattle.