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My initial trip to the Philippines in 2007 was based solely on my interest in shooting pool. The Philippines' players are the best in the world and I was hoping to meet and play against a few of those players.

What I experienced surprised and shocked me: deplorable living conditions, young children without parents living on the streets and homeless mothers with babies.
I thought I was in the Philippines to enhance my pool skills but instead realized that there are more important things in life than pool. I returned home knowing, with help, something could be done to improve the lives of the children I encountered.
Hence, in 2009, Choose Children A Non-Profit Corporation with 501 (c) (3) tax deductible status was formed.

-Larry Kelly, Founder


The mission of Choose Children is to provide neglected children with daily nourishment, adequate shelter and educational opportunities. As a motivating force in destitute areas of the United States, Philippines and worldwide, Choose Children will empower children to recognize the need to enhance their lives and the communities they live in.

Our Filippino volunteers with Larry Kelly after a recent project.Our Filippino volunteers with Larry Kelly
after a recent project.