Empowerment of Indigenous Families – Mindanao, Philippines

War Victims

The Situation

In this war-torn, impoverished Catholic parish education, vocational training, and empowerment for indigenous families is needed.

As we continue the journey with these Indigenous People we deeply felt that education leading to empowerment is vital. Sister Letecia De Los Santos

Sisters’ Response

Sisters provide skills training to enable the Indigenous families to support themselves and to reach out and train other families in what they have learned. Producing and selling their own native crafts is one of the goals.

The activities conducted by the Sisters enable community leaders to emerge, be trained, and assume leadership roles to preserve their cultural heritage and protect their ancestral lands. Care for the earth has been an important cultural practice for this community. Together, members of the local community plan ways to engage in sustainable environmental practices. It also offers the Christian majority a greater awareness and appreciation for their indigenous neighbors in order to lessen, if not totally eradicated, prejudices against them. With limited resources, the sisters also provide basic health care services.

This small program serving 25 indigenous women and men, 25 youth, and 30 children.

Funds are Needed

This program will be expanded as the Sisters are able to afford resources for training including equipment and needed improvements to the classroom.

Immediate Charitable Response

$15,000 to repair the Center, purchase equipment for vocational training, and provide seed money for the villagers’ small entrepreneurial ventures.

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