Hope Amidst Hopelessness: Prim Paypon

Underprivileged communities have a high potential to improve, succeed, and for its people, thrive. But…

Underprivileged communities have a high potential to improve, succeed, and for its people, thrive. But betterment has to start from somewhere. These days, it’s with people like Prim Paypon; Filipino Dreamagineers who are not afraid to see things through a different lens and let new perspectives take stride.

Prim Paypon is not your ordinary volunteer. He was well-invested in the corporate world but chose to invest his time and life savings, to create The Dream Project PH – a start-up that focuses on improving communities, one innovative project at a time.

He had a dream that began with a simple initiative to collect inspirational and motivational insights from the people he meets in far-flung and desolate areas. It has since been over a decade and his organization has surpassed the 700-mark when it comes to founders, directors, and fellow innovators.

They work with one common theme: to turn their massive dreams for the Philippines into reality, and this has been fueling their success over time. With idealism as their core, they focused their attention on assessing whether or not the Filipino youth indeed had dreams.

Unfortunately, out of the hundreds that were interviewed, a massive seventy percent said “no.” So he thought to himself, what hope is there for the youth, let alone the country if dreams were non-existent? So he saw to it that his work allowed people to see that dreams are valid and that these can be transformed into wondrous things – from schools to a variety of local products, and various initiatives after that.

Prim is one of the limited few that work to build dreams but he saw value in such. It’s not enough that he helped the Filipinos improve their communities. It was vital for him that they start rethinking their dreams. By giving them something concrete to see, digest, and experience, his methods proved to be successful in shifting their mindsets.