Mount Halcon on the Island of Mindoro in the Philippines, is home to the Alangan Mangyan tribe; a small indigenous community. The mountain is 2,586 metres (8,484 ft) high, and there are approximately 200 in the upper mountain community and 600 in the lower mountain community. We support these people because they face discrimination, lack access to healthcare and education, which in turn results in many Alangan people being trapped in poverty. We help by working with locals to set up and run projects within the community, the outcomes of which improve the standard of life for the people living in the area.
This is Marites, our Philippines project manager, she has a huge heart to improve health and education within the Mangyan community where she grew up. She is the first member of her community to graduate from college and she uses this knowledge to benefit her community. In 2015 we supported her to become a registered and licensed midwife. Since then we have been working together and she manages our health and education programs. Marites is very hardworking, ambitious and has an entreperueal spirit. We are currently pioneering a rice field project together, through which we hope the community projects will become self-sustainable in the next five to ten years.
Read her personal account and watch her video by clicking here.
In 2016 we began a child sponsorship scheme where we began equipping 12 children with the resources needed for attending school. The project has since grown and we now currently support 21 students. We are looking for individuals to sponsor these children so if you're interested, please send us an email! We are very excited about this project as we believe that education can change lives and provide many opportunities!
Baby feeding program...
In January 2017 we launched a baby feeding program to help prevent and fight against the malnutrition of babies within the community. We have seen great results since the beginning and the number of babies signed up to the program more than tripled in the first month! Marites continues to monitor the progress of the babies and oversees the distribution of supplement milk. You can read more about the feeding program here.