APRIL 2016


Updates From The Ground


BRINGING RELIEF TO THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED GROUPS EQUITABLY (BRIDGE) PROGRAM

From all the recent Salupongan International donations, we were able to distribute relief supplies (plates, bowls, utensils, soap, banigs/sleeping mats and food) to 200 Internally Displaced Persons from Talaingod, Davao Del Norte at UCCP Haran bakwit sanctuary.

RIGHT TO EDUCATION, AUTONOMY AND DIGNITY (READ) PROGRAM

From Filipino-American Health Workers Association (FAHWA) and SI donations we were able to distribute schools supplies (notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, backpacks, tsinelas, erasers, sharpeners and folders) to 150 elementary students from both Salupongan Schools and Misfi Academy this month.

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION FOR INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS

Great news for the bakwit (Internally Displaced Peoples) at UCCP Haran, Davao!  The church has donated a small parcel of land to the bakwit on the premises. The bakwit will be able to cultivate and grow herbs and vegetables. 

Salupongan International is currently raising funds for our ongoing program, 'Seeds for Life' to help with seeds and farming tools for the Lumad. The program also directly supports bakwit here at UCCP Haran. If you are interested in supporting, please visit, salupongan.org/donate. Thank you!


Pahiyum Ni Boye Film Reflections - Kabataan Youth, San Francisco, CA


“I really liked the film about the Lumad community. I think it's really awesome that we’re spreading awareness about the issue on a global scale. Militarization is very real there. The Lumad community should have the right to autonomy. I hope that they find love & peace at this time and can claim their land once and for all.” - K.S.
 
“It was very sad that the military are stopping them from getting their education and their rights. The military and the government should protect their own people, not the interest of a big companies. I hope that they will get the justice and rights that they deserve. How are they now? Is the military still on their land? I hope that they can start living the way that they want to and have their land be given back to them. We need to support them so that they can live with their rights. I hope that they are safe and be given a chance for education. I hope that they can go back to their land.”
- Kayla S.
  
“When watching and hearing of what has been happening it makes me realize just how much I have compared to them. In addition, it makes me realize just how little I have. They had land to live on and a strong community. It only makes me realize how much I want to better their learning experience. No so much for the adults, but for the kids, the land, the culture. I can only hope what little/a lot we do here is showing our support from the outside. I wish I can say that they are safe, they are sound, they are educated. All the people want is THEIR land, THEIR education. I can only hope that change may happen and those who cause harm realized what they are doing. I hope to help first-hand soon. Sending love and support from youth afar.” - Nikki N.


We invite you to join our Solidarity Exchange Program!


Salupongan International facilitates Solidarity Exchange Programs in the Philippines, (also known as exposure or integration trips), throughout the year where participants can integrate with local communities and learn about the cultural, socio-economic, and political reality of our partner indigenous and peasant communities.

We also take this opportunity to invite you to the following events:

  • July 16-20, 2016 International Solidarity Missions (ISM) in areas in Mindanao, Cordillera, Eastern Visayas, Southern Tagalog, and Panay region; and
  • July 21-22, 2016 2nd General Assembly of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) in Davao City, Philippines.

For more information on the mission or general assembly, please email salupongan.intl@gmail.com.