Day 9: With* the Philippines
October 18th, 2011
Working with the people of the Philippines to address education, sustainable agriculture, community-based health, and livelihood projects.
The Dumagat indigenous people in the Philippines face many challenges. Dumagat children trek long distances to schools that may or may not have textbooks, supplies, or qualified teachers. People who fall ill may be sent downriver via inner tube to reach the road that will take them to the nearest clinic.
The Dumagat people and Harris Memorial College, a Methodist College in the Philippines, have partnered with Global Ministries, including UMCOR, to develop a comprehensive program that addresses education, sustainable agriculture, community-based health, and livelihood projects. UMCOR is also working with the Philippines Annual Conference to prepare personnel to respond in the event of a disaster, especially flooding or destructive typhoons.