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
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