Empowerment and education for girls from Manobo Dulangan tribe
The Manobo Dulangan are a semi-nomadic indigenous tribe clustered in south-western Mindanao. Due to their ignorance of private ownership titles, their land has largely been taken over and settled by outsiders. As a result, they have been forced from their ancestral land and have moved into higher mountainous areas – land that is more difficult to cultivate.
Delesan Kailawan (translated as Home of the Good People) is a ministry of The Sisters of our Lady of the Missions (RNDM). Delesan Kailawan’s vision is for a united, self-determined, self-sustainable and empowered Manobo Dulangan tribe. The centre is home to 60 Manobo Dulangan girls who live there while they attend the neighbouring Notre Dame of Kulaman school. They are provided with fully subsidized education and engage in programs that strengthen their cultural identity.
The project has four key components:
- Formal school education and knowledge building for children, young people and adults.
- Community health workers providing general health care as well as pre- and post-natal care.
- Improving economic independence through skills training, savings programs and business support.
- The development of advocates and leaders who will fight for their rights and future.
Donate today and help create a protective environment that provides opportunities for the development of the human potential for these children.