A study on the drop-out problem in the Philippines published by the Bureau of Public Schools in 1965 prompted a French Jesuit to embark on what was to become his passion for life. In the process, he gave up his nationality and acquired Filipino citizenship. FR. PIERRE T. TRITZ, SJ conceived the idea of helping the poor but deserving Filipino children have access to education.
Founded in 1974, the EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE (ERDA) FOUNDATION, INC. is a non-stock, non-profit organization officially registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It has been working closely with the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other government agencies.
With its experience for the past 40 years, ERDA aims to promote the total development – physical, social and economic aspects – of poor children. Starting from the six (6) beneficiaries of its major project OPERASYON: BALIK PAARALAN (Operation: Back to School), ERDA has helped about 800,000 children and youth in their education. Its operation reaches nationwide through tie-up with 150 organizations.
ERDA receives funding support from local and foreign donors, which include individual and corporate entities, private organizations and other non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as from some government agencies.
Aside from its educational assistance, ERDA has also developed programs for the families of the beneficiaries as well as their communities.