About US


Develop Philippines, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that collects and ships books and school supplies in balikbayan boxes to schools and libraries in the Philippines.

Develop Philippines, Inc. was established in February 2016 and spearheaded by Raylene Ravarra and Glen Thomas after personally visiting the Philippines. We were shocked when we saw with our own two eyes how the schools in local barangays struggle with the meager school supplies
and educational materials available for the students. This is what inspired us to start a campaign of collecting donated school supplies and books that we can send to the schools in the country.

We decided to launch Develop Philippines, Inc. with the hopes of giving the much needed support to the functioning school libraries in the Philippines. Our main goal is to create a significant improvement in the literacy of the Filipino students and bring changes in their lives in our own simple way.

Contact us to discuss how your contributions can fill up an empty space in a child’s life.

Tax ID: 81-4595188

Principles Of Our Work

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Our Experience

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Web development - 10 years
Design - 8 years
Photography - 6 years
Video Production - 5 years
Marketing - 2 years

Our Company In Numbers

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Years in business
Top professionals
Industry awards
90 +
Projects done
40 +
Returning customers
Scientific articles

Mission Statement

Develop Philippines, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-led organization.

Our mission is to provide books and school supplies to schools in the barrios of the Philippines, which will help students to further their knowledge and acquire a better education.


All donations to Develop Philippines, Inc. are tax-deductible and help support our programs.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of business and local community leaders.

Glen Thomas

Board Member

Glen Thomas is one of the co-founders of Develop Philippines, Inc.. Glen has served numerous organizations, including nonprofit agencies and professional associations, as a board member and through committee work. Glen holds a M.B.A. in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelors of Science degree from Cook College, Rutgers University. He is an active member of the Rahway River chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Raylene Ravarra

Board Member

Raylene Ravarra is one of the co-founders of Develop Philippines, Inc. Raylene earned her Bachelors of Arts degree from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. Since graduation she has continued to loyally serve her Alma mater through community service work, committee work, and also as a leader in her class and in the Rutgers Alumni Association.

Grace Orilla

Director of Barangay Relations

Grace Orilla graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Pangasinan State University. Since 2007, she has worked as an Environmental Management Specialist at LEU in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines. Grace grew up with a family that loves community works and organizations. She believes that “wealth and health needs good environment”.

Lyndsey Rose


Lyndsey Rose joined Develop Philippines, Inc in 2016 to support local book donation events.  Lyndsey Rose helps with all operational work including book acquisition, storage and shipping. In addition Lyndsey Rose is responsible for our volunteer program.