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April 2011 - Mindoro School Project

The Padua Charitable Fund has provided a year's supply of note books and schooling utensils to a mountain community known as Mangyans in Mondoro, Philippines.

PCF staff were shocked to learn of the limited school system in one particular community. One notebook was being used for an entire school year of teaching children and a few pencils were for all to share.

A small PCF team embarked twice on a long uphill trek through muddy terrain to donate the goods. Delighted, the Mangyans announced it was "their most awaited day".

While there, our team were attracted to the beautiful handicrafts and wares the Mangyans produce. Negotiations are currently being made for the possibility of marketing these products in New Zealand to help with their livelihood.

"Mangyan" is the name for the eight indigenous groups thriving on the island of Mindoro. Each has their own tribal name, language, and customs, and their intricate handiwork demonstrate their artistic ability. We are looking into further exploring the good this community has to offer and help towards their sustainability.

Thank you to Nelson Balmores and Sherryl Pereira for co-ordinating this project.

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