Project Managers: Flemming and Elisabet Hansen
Since 2000, Flemming and Elisabet Hansen have managed Channel of Hope Cebu, which was later incorporated as the Rise Above Foundation Cebu Inc. Rise Above Foundation Cebu hosts volunteers from Scandinavia including student teachers, medical students, social work and behavior science students, and dental and dental hygiene students (as well as dentists). These volunteers do their internship in the Philippines, where they carry out their practicum at different schools and institutions as arranged by Rise Above Foundation.
This arrangement benefits street children and other underprivileged youth growing up in the slums. One such example is the free dental program sponsored by Rise Above Foundation, catering to families that scavenge for garbage to make a living, their estimated lifespan as low as 36 years of age. The Essential Health Care package given to students includes toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, de-worming tablets and lice treatment at a cost of less than $1 per year per child.
Rise Above Foundation also organizes free dental camps for these underprivileged families, as well as operates food programs and supplies volunteer teachers for schools in the slums.