Apart from the continuous scholarships, every year a particular project is chosen as the theme for the Philippine weekend in Nijverdal (The Netherlands), the place of birth of Jan Mulder.
2018: Classroom for the Ken-yu in El Nido on the island Palawan
Last year we supported a project for the Ken-uy people. The church service on October 14th raised about € 700 and on the bank account we received another € 800 of gifts. We want to thank all contributors for this wonderful amount, which will start building the classroom.
The Ken-uy live in El Nido, a region in the North of the island Palawan.
The leaders of this tribe asked support in building a small school for at least 22 children. Also 10 grown-ups like to learn reading and writing. A teacher volunteers to be there 3 days a week. We are eager to support this project. The Ken-uy live far away from town, when children want to attend school they will have to find their way through the jungle for several hours. This tropical forest and the Ken-uy themselves are endangered by mining, farmers and fishers, non-resident to the island. These non-residents came lately to the island, abusing and exhausting the natural sources.
Anawim: justice for the suppressed
This project on Palawan is one of the targets of the Anawim mission, started in April this year. Anawim has a broad meaning, and points at the necessary justice for poor and suppressed.
Poverty is nothing new, nor limited to the 3rd World or to the South. It is from all times and everywhere. The struggle for an economy of equality and justice has been going on for ages. The suppresses do not live far away, hidden in a forest. No, according to pope Fransiscus they may be your neighbors, are young people writing graffiti on the walls out of boredom or playing basket ball in the narrow streets of suburbia.
The project fits very well the thoughtful ideas of Jan Mulder, who regarded education as an important means to support and strengthen the suppressed Filipinos.
The money raised last year is invested in building a new clinic and its interior. Some members of the Babaylans' tribe were educated as 'medic' and are now on the go for health-care.
More photos about the building and utilization of the clinic are available on the Dutch (NL) page.
The Dumagat people live in the dense woods on the mountain ridge of Sierra Madre. Our project in 2016 is to establish a classroom for the village of Paglitaw. In this village about 40 families live and a total of 70 children should be going to school. Last year the one and only classroom, was dangerously falling apart; as shown at the bottom of this page.
The school will not just educate the children, but also will contribute to consolidate the Dumagat culture. Dumagat youth has trouble to be proud on the culture they grew up in. Youth in the village of Paglitaw though is motivated and they are building the classroom with the money raised by the project.
A kariton is a pushcart. We want to support people in Manilla with money to facilitate building and acquiring karitons. The project was selected in contact with Bernard Roosendaal, Carmelite in Manila. The project goal is simple and therefore powerful. While going along houses with a kariton gathering paper, plastic or clothing, rags to recycle; people are not condemned anymore to begging. It allows them to support their family, get shelter or education for their children. Bernhard says they often become hard working people, regaining some of their human dignity instead of the inhumane begging.
A Celebration was held on October 18th in the Catholic church in Nijverdal. Pastor was Jan Hulshof a cousin of Jan Mulder. Jan Hulshof memorized his visit to Jan Mulder on the Philippines in the 80's. There were many people visiting the celebration for this 15th year of the JMMF.
The collection in the church raised € 1028 , a wonderful sum. On the bank account another € 1540 was given by several people. For these € 2568 in total we can enrich the life of quite some people with a Kariton.
In Ormoc City on the isle of Leyte, the roof of the Carmelite Center broke down. Chapel and garage were swept away. The Carmelite brothers live in tents for the time being.
On Negros Occidental the Carmel cloister en parish church in New Escalante are wholly and partly ruined and all the windows are out. Also parts of Mount Carmel College and the Magdalena Healthcare Center are destroyed.
The offertory in the church raised € 617. We think this is quite an amount… our effort to put up a "Tsunami" in the church was worthwhile doing.
On our bank account and from gifts we received another € 1500. So in total the JMMF was able to transfer € 2117 to the Philippines, they will gladly invest it to recover from the tyfoon.
This year we focus on a project in New Escalante; a Dutch Priest, Harrie Bloem, is involved.
Since three years an experimental farm is utilized on 7 acres (3 hecatares).
Local farmes are informed and educated.
Produce of fruit trees, piggery, fishing pond, corn field and vegetable garden result in more food for the participating families. Young farmes are informed about ecological farming.
Involved farmers are part of a cooperation in Escalante.
This year we support a project for the deaf on in Escalante on the isle of Negros. The Carmel home for the deaf in Escalante on the Philippines. The workers here take care of the children which can not hear and therefore also speak impaired or not at all. This makes it possible that these children get the normal education in the ordinary schools. In classes they are supported by their hearing class mates. This way the deaf children take part in society. They no longer have to stay at home and no more get the focus of mockery and harassment.
We did support this project before in 2007 and we are enthusiastic to give a contribution again this year for their realistic valuable goals.
There are about 25 children from problematic backgrounds (a.o. abuse). The project offers shelter, psychological help and education. Once recovered, the return to a proper place in society.
A small proportion of the population of the island Negros depends on fishery. This is also this way in Escalante, where the Carmelites are active for 50 years. Escalante has two parishes who were entrusted to the Carmelite order since 1958. In 1960 the Carmalites started a school, which from then on has become a major regional school: Mount Caramel College. In 1970 a major project was started for the fishing population. A co-operation was formed which jointly marketed the fish. The left over of the fish after closing of the market, was stored in shared freezer rooms. Later they also tried to fish jointly with a big net, but that it didn't work. A Filipino fisherman goes to sea when he thinks it is time for fishing, then he doesn't want a discussion, let alone waiting for others. For centuries, the fishermen had an existence in fishing with a small boat at the time the fisherman thought was right. It doesn't seem to stay like that for ever.
The young people in the fishing villages are very dependent on the elderly. The elderly know the tricks of the trade and have a long experience. If the youth wants to learn the profession, they have to learn it from the elderly and do it the way it was done. And this is no longer effective in the current situation. Youth nowadays had a good education, gets information from all corners of the world through internet and think they can apply new tactics in order to get to a satisfactory catch. Especially these young need help. At Mount Carmel College they want to organise evening courses for the young people who are interested in new methods for fishing.
Part of these course will be to study the negative ecological effects of the old methods, like fishing with dynamite. People want sustainable ways of working. We want to help them inviting speakers and teachers who can establish and teach good courses to forgotten group of young people.
2008 - Payatas, Young people living on garbage dump
The Carmelites have a parish in the big garbage dump near Manila. Between and adjacent to the waste live around 30,000 people; living of what they find in the dump. Especially children wait for the garbage trucks and look in the newly deposited soil.
This community has no other way of life.
One of the young Filipino fellow friars is a pastor there and has a program for young people from 13 to 24 years. Each of the regions here participates with 5 to 6 people for an organization that seeks to educate people for leadership in social, cultural and political practice. So it is about raising awareness and training for leadership. It is an informal training on a voluntary basis. Money is needed for transportation of youth, for food and accommodation and for teaching materials.
About ten years ago this project was started by two Dutch with lots of enthusiasm. After several years they have withdrawn from this project and the Carmelites took over the project.
There are about 25 children who ran away from home, or were abandoned by their parents or have no parents anymore. These are boys and girls aged from about eight to sixteen years. Some are abused, sexually or otherwise.
In this project, they get shelter, clothing and food, counseling and training. In the end they go back into society.
This year we have chosen an educational project aimed at teaching deaf and mute in the town of Escalante on Negros Island.
Here is a school where 35 deaf-mutes participate in various classes with normal students. The school does not receive any subsidy in relation to these deaf students, while it takes eight teachers capable of communicating in sign language. Moreover it takes extra money to house these students nearby the school.
It is very difficult for this school to gather the necessary funds needed for these special educations every year. We have been asked to help.
2005 - Primary education, nursing education and seminary
Anton Hoogland was for holiday in Nijverdal in the summer of 2005. In his farewell celebration, he told how important JMMF is for Filipinos. He pointed out that education is one of the main issues for the development of the Philippines.
This year we decided to spend the total proceeds in education;
particularly primary education, nursing education and priestly studies.
Pastor George Zeegers read the Masses at the Philippine Weekend in 2005. He was a close friend of Jan Mulder and studied with him, also in Rome, Italy. During the illness of Jan, George was of great importance to him.
2004 - Partly rebuilding of a school
In 2002, we were able to equip a complete classroom. All in all this was a great success. Now there's been a fire in this school. An old part of the school was destroyed by the flames. We help to rebuild it.