TRIBAL EMPOWERMENT

Our Tribal Empowerment Projects are long-term efforts to promote sustainable development in education, farming, cultural crafts, and the environment in remote, indigenous communities in Mountain Province, and Mindanao, in the Philippines.

We have worked with isolated, Igorot people in five villages  high in the mountains near Bontoc, and 20 Tagakaulo tribal villages in Davao del Sur, Mindanao, PHL. The people are poor subsistence farmers, woodworkers and weavers. Their lands are degrading due to large-scale deforestation, offering few prospects for the people to become educated, or generally improve their quality of life.

Our large-scale Empowerment project is moving forward in Mindanao, engaging the efforts of 200 tribal farmers to collaborate on a Community Nursery and Farm to produce cash crops to support two tribal schools and promote development projects for the tribe.

The inaccessibility of these villages makes it difficult to access schools, markets, churches, and other facilities, and limits tribal cohesion and collaboration that exists among villages that are near each other. Yet, leaving for more urban areas does not offer greater opportunities in the Philippines because infrastructure is lacking and inadequate all over the country.

Friends of Alouette (FAI) hopes to help these communities through Educational Assistance Programs, (EAP) creating educational opportunities for their children; grant funding and sponsorships, for assistance with growing sustainable crops and improving farming methods and the environment; and sponsorship to develop new young artisans who will maintain their ancient crafts and preserve and promote their cultural heritage in this modern world. Contact us to learn more about these amazing projects.

Protecting and Empowering Girls and Young Women 
In recent years, the Philippines has made great strides in protecting children in situations of domestic abuse.  On the isolated island of Palawan, however, local authorities are unable to provide adequate housing for girl victims of abuse who have been removed from their homes by the courts.

In partnership with the Alouette Foundation of the Philippines, we support the Centre for Abused Girls, a residential and therapeutic centre, housing up to 15 girls and young women and providing a stable, and protective environment.  We supply personal care necessities, books and school supplies, etc. for these girls through our EAP programs; and are collaborating to make this facility self sustaining, by providing farm animals and equipment, seeds, training, and plantings to implement a sustainable farm program. In this protective environment these traumatized girls are able- some,for the first time, to attend school regularly, learn life and entrepreneurial skills in their home community, and socialize with other girls.  In cooperation with the community, this project also provides  agricultural training to local subsistence farmers to teach them modern methods that increase yield and protect the environment. Come and see the centre and meet these wonderful young women!



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