After working on home builds in the area, founder and former president Alexander Vaezazizi felt that more could be done to assist those living in Maneadero. The needs of the community went far beyond house building. They needed medicine, hygiene tools, antibiotics, food, clothing, access to education, and the knowledge to care for themselves. In the face of all these needs, Alex had the idea to create PHI to try to meet some of them. Together, with co-founders Lynn Hoang and Louielyn Lirio, they performed basic needs assessments in the communities and framed their registered student organization on campus to serve those needs.