The coordination meeting with Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines District 380 Board members resulted to a meaningful project. The group decided to distribute 70 solar lamps and 3 solar streetlights to Barangay Poblacion, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.
After numerous paper works and meetings, the project was materialized in November 25, 2019. With 10 volunteers from Inner Wheel Club and few staffs from Global Peace Foundation, the project was implemented in 3 sitios in the barangay with 70 indigenous peoples residing in the area.
Our group travelled from Manila to the province of Mindoro a day before the implementation and slept in the island for a night. As early as 6:00 AM, everyone is already prepared for a short ride to the project site. All 70 families gathered to wait for us at the foot of the mountain where their villages are located.
The town Mayor, Hon. Ferdinand Maliwanag attended and witnessed the actual distribution of solar lights and gave a short message of appreciation at the program. Aside from solar lamps, the team of volunteers also distributed grocery packs and toiletries to all beneficiaries as their early Christmas gifts.
All beneficiaries expressed their deep gratitude for the solar lights and gifts they received from Global Peace Foundation, donors, and partner organizations.
On October 17, 2019, I met with the chairman and board members of Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines District 380 in Sampaloc, Manila. We discussed about the next project implementation to benefit children of an indigenous peoples community in Brgy. Poblacion, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro on November 8, 2019. Sixty-seven families will receive their own solar lanterns, and the community will also receive solar streetlights that shall make the village safer for the children and other members of the community. In addition to portable solar lanterns and streetlights, school supplies, hygiene kits, and groceries will be provided.
As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Month in October, Global Peace Foundation Philippines continuously strengthens its partnership with institutions such as Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines District 380 in promoting the welfare of the children and youth in indigenous cultural communities through its inclusive services and projects. Why not celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Month with us by contributing to this project? Your one-time donation can create a lifetime impact for indigenous children in the Philippines!
Lila, 8 years old, is from a family of indigenous tribe in the Philippines called Mangyan. She is one of the beneficiaries who received a solar lamp in Barangay Panantayan, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. According to her, having a solar lamp in their house makes her proud because even though they are "living in the forest," she can "do things like what other children living in the city can do at night." She mentioned that because she likes to play and spend time with her family and study at night, the solar lamp she received through the donations to Global Peace Foundation's All Lights Village Program helps her to make those things possible.
Her mother also expressed that aside from being able to save money (in paying regular monthly household electrical bills or buying gas for kerosene lamps), one of the advantages of having a solar lamp in their home is that it is not subject to blackouts as an outcome of extreme weather. She added that unlike those people who are living in the city and are dependent on energy supplied by the local electric power company, they don't worry on having access to light at night during typhoon.
It is truly amazing, knowing that our project can help children like Lila and their families experience better lives with simple innovative tools such as solar lamps. It makes us more inspired to work harder. With the support of our partners in development like you, here's to hoping that we can can help more communities and families in off-grid and far flung areas.
Global Peace Foundation Philippines and Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines Inc. (IWCPI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on March 7 at Club Filipino in San Juan City Philippines. The signing was attested by IWCPI National Board of Trustees, headed by Ms. Donna Jiao, and Global Peace Foundation International representatives, headed by Mr. Jinsoo Kim, GPF Asia Pacific Regional Representative, and Dr. Soonok Kang, GPF International Vice President and Secretary General of Global Peace Women International.
The signing also aims to strengthen the partnership of both parties in raising funds to provide solar lamps to indigenous children and youth and overall, adopting the All lights Village Project implementation in various indigenous people communities in the Philippines. Following the signing, GPF and IWCPI will be conducting site validations in different municipalities of Luzon, in coordination with the local government units, to identify IP communities with the most urgent needs.
In the previous quarters, we are able to gather support from individuals and organizations like IWCPI who made it possible so indigenous youth and children from 84 families in Oriental Mindoro can receive solar lamps to help further their studies and general welfare. While we are far from the goal, we have faith on individuals and organizations who are willing to support this noble cause. Make a donation today or help us reach out to more individuals. With more people aware of our cause, we’ll be step closer to reaching our goal!
Seventy two children from families of Mangyan ethnic group received solar lanterns in our latest project in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. According to mangyan.org, Mangyan is the collective name for the eight indigenous groups living in Mindoro, each with its own name, language, and set of customs. The indigenous peoples community also received three solar street lights to promote security, improve safety, and extend hours for social activities in the area.
Global Peace Foundation Philippines, through Global Peace Women Philippines, in partnership with Inner Wheel District 380 (headed by Dr. Nona Ricafort) co-organized the second phase of turn-over. Members from eight Inner Wheel Clubs donated for the solar street lamps and solar street lights provided to the community.
This year, help us reach our goal by sharing this good news to your family, friends, and colleagues. Every donation helps increase literacy, improve health, and cultivate environmentally-sustainable living for children from indigenous peoples communities. Together, let's champion the advancement of social conditions and overall quality of life for indigenous peoples in the Philippines!
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