Unang liwanag, providing solar power to the Dumagat tribe

Kara DavidMula sa panulat ni Kara David:
"Isa na marahil ito sa mga pinakamahirap kong bundok na naakyat. Walong ilog ang kinailangan naming tawirin ng aking volunteers. Tatlong oras kaming naglakad sa gitna ng walang tigil na buhos ng ulan. Tumaas ang tubig sa ilog, umabot hanggang dibdib at kailangan naming tumawid sa gitna ng rumaragasang agos. Pero sabi nga nila, sa oras ng pangangailangan, lumalabas ang lakas at hidden superpowers ng mga tao. bumilib ako sa dedikasyon at lakas ng loob nina Frederick Epistola, kuya Puge at kuya Victor ng SPIN Project. Gaano man kalakas ang agos tuloy sila maihatid lang ang solar panels para sa mga katutubong Dumagat ng Sitio Kinabuan. Si Jervy Atienza Dimailig ang nagsilbi naming guide sa kagubatan. Kung wala siya, malamang naligaw na kami sa gitna ng gubat. Malaki ang utang na loob namin sa iyo Jervy. Si Rommel David at Rox Rocamora... Bagamat 1st timers sa bundok ng Tanay, lakas loob na lumakad at umalalay sa mga kababaihan. Nang bumagsak si Eric at di na makalakad dahil sa pulikat...Si Myla Recio ang nagsilbing nurse habang nagtawag naman ng mga katutubong rescue si Marjorie Velasco Oriel na animo'y walang kapaguran nung mga sandaling iyon. at paano ko nga ba naman malilimutan si Jameson Fajilan? Ang aming assistant na nakipagsabayan sa mga kuyang may abs sa pag-akay sa mga tatawid ng ilog.



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"At ang aking ever beautiful project malasakit girls Trisha Anais at Cheenee Flor Santos Rola ... What would I do without you? alam ko labis ang trauma at takot ninyo nung mga panahong iyon. pero grabe ang strength ninyo to overcome your fears alangalang sa malasakit. i am so proud of you. you are so brave. Of course, my climbing buddy Henry Ching... Thank you for saving my life. Muntik na tayong tangayin ng ilog salamat at di ka bumitaw, and last but not the least, my sis Maris Castro... alam ko hindi ka marunong lumangoy at alam ko takot na takot ka na rin nung mga oras na iyon. pero salamat at di nawala ang iyong ngiti. pinilit mong tumawa at magpatawa para gumaan ang lahat at makalimutan ang pangamba. sa huli... Nakarating din kami sa aming destinasyon... Sa Sitio Kinabuan sa komunidad ng mga Dumagat.

Malayo man at delikado ang daan, naihatid namin ang ilaw na kanilang inaasam.
Salamat sa malasakit. Salamat sa pagtutulungan. Salamat sa mga kaibigan. Maraming nagsasabi malakas daw ang loob ko. Pero ang totoo... malakas lang ang kakampi ko. Salamat po Panginoon..."



The outreach in photo

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Sitio Kinabuan, a hidden paradise. Home to the Dumagat Tribe. Sitio Kinabuan, a hidden paradise. Home to the Dumagat Tribe. Unang liwanag, providing solar power to the Dumagat tribe. Courtesy  of Project Malasakit and funds from Group M Philippines — at sitio Kinabuan, Tanay, Rizal.
Sitio Kinabuan, at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges. Home of the Dumagat Tribe. Walang kuryente, walang kalsada, walang health center sa lugar. Sitio Kinabuan, at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges. Home of the Dumagat Tribe. Walang kuryente, walang kalsada, walang health center sa lugar. Installation of solar panels. The dumagat tribe themselves set-up their new solar power facility. This way, the tribe knows how the system works and how to take care of it.
Teaching the Dumagat tribe about solar power and how to set up their own solar power facility. Teaching the Dumagat tribe about solar power and how to set up their own solar power facility. Teaching the Dumagat tribe about solar power and how to set up their own solar power facility.
Teaching the Dumagat tribe about solar power and how to set up their own solar power facility. Teaching the Dumagat tribe about solar power and how to set up their own solar power facility. Teaching the Dumagat tribe about solar power and how to set up their own solar power facility.
Distribution of LED lights at Tanay, Rizal Distribution of LED lights at Tanay, Rizal Distribution of food, medicine and clothes, Tanay, Rizal
Distribution of food, medicine and clothes, Tanay, Rizal Distribution of food, medicine and clothes, Tanay, Rizal Distribution of food, medicine and clothes, Tanay, Rizal
Distribution of food, medicine and clothes, Tanay, Rizal Distribution of food, medicine and clothes, Tanay, Rizal Distribution of food, medicine and clothes, Tanay, Rizal
February Outreach: Dumagats of Tanay, Rizal Many dumagats live on collecting rattan from the mountains. they sell it for 10 pesos per shoot/branch. Let there be light!
Tanay, Rizal  With a Dumagat of Tanay, Rizal Sleeping time. Sobrang lamig! Tanay, Rizal

 

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How can you help?

 

You may help in our quarterly outreach projects in remote communities.   

You may donate any amount of cash or in kind.

 

You can send us: - school supplies, - slippers, - clothes, - books, - food supplies, - noodles, - rice, - personal hygiene products, etc. These are the kind of things we bring to our quarterly outreach projects.

 

You may volunteer in repacking the goods.

We usually have our repacking one week before the scheduled outreach date. Details are posted on Facebook, Twitter and this website. 

 

You may volunteer in the actual outreach and participate in gift-giving or distribution of goods. 

This is an out of town trip — could be a day trip or an overnight trip depending on location.

 

Details such as schedule and expenses are usually posted on Facebook, Twitter and this website.

 

For donations and schedule of outreach/repacking, email:

cheeneerola@gmail.com marjorievoriel@gmail.com

 

Project Malasakit is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered foundation with Reg No. CN 201013987 and TIN: 007-861-739.