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Marevi and Averie Bishop, a mother and daughter duo, initially created The Tulong Foundation to aid Marevi's hometown of Banga, Mindanao. Without a formal education, Marevi knew the importance of achieving an education - especially in a poverty stricken community. With a heart to give and a mentality to encourage others, Marevi and her daughter Averie created The Tulong Foundation in 2015. It currently sponsors over 45 children in the south of the Philippines. The Foundation has expanded to include ventures such as teaching locals sustainable farming skills and how to find and filter clean drinking water. The Tulong Foundation has been chosen to attend the Clinton Global Initiative Conference, a forum that brings together civic leaders and humanitarian activists in order to create innovative solutions for the world's most pressing matters. Averie represented their organization at the national conference in Boston, Massachusetts in 2017 and Chicago, Illinois in 2018

MAREVI BISHOP

Marevi has been an employee of Bank of America for more than a decade and is currently a senior Business Control Specialist. She was born to a family of eleven siblings in Banga, Mindanao. During her primary school years, she worked as a maid while simultaneously studying. Despite the death of her mother at a very young age and the challenge of financially supporting her family, she graduated as valedictorian in elementary and with high ranks in high school. She now lives in Dallas with her wonderful husband Danny Bishop and her two children, Averie and Teddy Bishop. In her spare time, she directs the Tulong Foundation and frequently envisions new innovative ways to give back to her Filipino community. 

AVERIE BISHOP

Formerly the legal intern for the President and Vice President of Southern Methodist University, Averie has utilized her experience in her Universities legal affairs office to address higher education policy in third world countries. She was recently a Ronald Regan Presidential Foundation Fellow, U.S. Congressional Intern in Washington D.C., a University Interscholastic Scholarship recipient, and The Texas Women's Museum Woman of the Year awardee. Averie is a double major in Human Rights and Political Science and double minor in Sociology and Anthropology at Southern Methodist University where she maintains a 3.9 GPA. Averie intends to pursue her policy and legal interests by attending law school – a reason why she currently resides as the Vice President of Phi Alpha Delta, her universities Pre-Law Fraternity. Moreover, Averie is the current reigning Miss Asian American Texas 2018. 

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