The Philippines–Luxembourg Society (PLS) is a non-governmental organisation with the aim of helping underprivileged people in the Philippines. The priority focus of PLS is supporting the education of disadvantaged children, reconstruction of schools and sanitary facilities, as well as providing humanitarian aid during natural catastrophes.
The Philippines–Luxembourg Society (PLS) was founded on 15th May 1986 through the initiative of Mrs Mita Terry, a Filipina living in Luxembourg at the time. With the help of the Filipino and Luxembourgish community, the PLS was launched with the initial goal of promoting friendship and cultural ties between the people of the Philippines and Luxembourg. Other initial activities of the PLS focused on managing charity projects in favour of the less privileged in the Philippines.
The charity component has grown in importance over the past years and now represents the main activity of the association, so that the main focus is educational projects in the Philippines.
The PLS is particularly aware of the need for adequate local infrastructure, and the projects aim to assist the wider community, where necessary creating the appropriate infrastructure in schools or villages like improving sanitary facilities, building and renovation of libraries in schools as well as donation of computers for classrooms.
On several occasions, the PLS has also organised emergency humanitarian support in the wake of natural disasters to local communities in need.
On January 2016, the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs accredited PLS the status of a non-governmental organisation. This was an important step for PLS to maximize its help to underprivileged people in the Philippines through the co-funding of the Luxembourgish Government.