Abi and Marie


Abi is a retired French senior citizen, a proud mother of 5 and grandmother of 24. Since 1997, she has been involved in humanitarian missions in Africa, South America and Eastern Europe. She fell in love with the kind nature of Filipino people.

Abi has been a volunteer with the Rise Above Foundation since 2008. She helps run and oversee the livelihood and its production.


Marie is a happy mother of 8 and grandmother of 6. She has been a missionary for the past 37 years, all around the Philippines and Thailand, where with her husband, Gabriel, have been active in multi humanitarian missions.

Back in 2008, Marie and Gabriel, along with a few others, co founded the Rise Above Foundation. Marie manages the Family Care Center, the Education Sponsorship Program and the Rise Up Craft Livelihood.

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