It was a study on the drop-out problem in the Philippines, published by the Bureau of Public Schools in 1965 that prompted French Jesuit, Fr. Pierre Tritz, S.J. to embark on what was to become his life passion, and in the process he gave up his nationality and acquired Filipino citizenship. Thus, the Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA) Foundation, Inc. was founded in September 1974 and was officially registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit organization on May 9, 1975. ERDA aims to promote the holistic development of poor children. Aside from educational assistance, ERDA has also developed programs for the families of the beneficiaries as well as their communities. Its main office is located at #66 Linaw St., Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City. The Foundation has 30 regular staff, 2 contract-based staff and 15 members of the Board of Trustees.
Following is its PCNC Certification history:
January 21, 2002 – January 20, 2007 – 5 years
August 22, 2007 – August 21, 2012 – 5 years
July 30, 2013 – July 29, 2018 – 5 years
Its purposes (V-M-G), among others are, “to envision a nation where all children and youth will have access to quality education and holistic development in a supportive environment for a better life.” Its mission is to improve the quality of life marginalized Filipino children and youth through education and support programs in partnership with their families, schools and communities. The Foundation’s programs/projects focused on the following areas: Education Assistance Program (EAP) for Pre-school, Elementary, High School and College, Health and Medical Services, Livelihood, Continuing Education and Economic Development Programs for the family and communities. Geographical scope of programs: Nationwide (5 cities in Metro Manila, and 3 provinces covering Iloilo, Marinduque and South Cotabato.