ALMOST 30 WATER WELLS INSTALLED IN MINDANAO IN 2020
Alhamdulillah, a total of 29 telaga or water wells were donated in 2020 with 9 still under construction. Clean water is a basic need and yet, many communities still do not have access to it. Improving their quality of life is as easy as installing a water well. ACT Malaysia will continue to strive to alleviate difficulties faced by many indigent communities.
Alhamdulillah. The solar lamps are making each day/night a little bit better than before for families @ Brgy Dansuli, Dato Salibo, Maguindanao
30 November 2020. Alhamdulillah, the final distribution (300 pcs of solar lamps) were done today in Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City, Philippines. We are grateful to ACT Mindanao for their hard work in implementing the activity
27 November 2020. Alhamdulillah, 300 solar lamps were given to 150 families at Brgy. Dansuli, Datu Salibo Municipality, Maguindanao.
25 November 2020. 325 families received a pair of solar lamps in Sambolawan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Philippines.
ACT Malaysia and Tabung Bantuan Kemanusiaan (TBK) of Zakat Pulau Pinang, in collaboration with International Monitoring Team (IMT Malaysia) and Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission (BHRC), gave away 650 solar lamps to the residents of Brgy. Sambolawan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Philippines. A total of 325 families (2 lamps per family) benefited from this project. We hope these lamps help to light up their homes and make them happier
We are thankful to ACT Mindanao for organizing and implementing the event and to IMT and BHRC for taking the time to assist. Jazakumullahukhayr.
Alhamdulillah, Our second sari-sari store is now operating in Crossing Pagatin, Datu Salibo, Maguindanao. A sari-sari store is a a small neighbourhood shop selling a variety of goods. The first one is already supporting a family of five in Cotabato City. Sari-sari store is a part of ACT Malaysia's initiative to provide small businesses to struggling families in Mindanao.
On 8 August 2020, 100 solar lamps were distributed to the residents of @ Naketan, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao for Terangi Malamku Project.
The preloved clothes from #nicetowear3 campaign were given away to the ladies of the communities during the last Qurban distribution of ACT Malaysia. Here are some of the happy faces who received the clothes.
ACT Malaysia's first #act_sarisaristore project will hopefully become a reliable source of income for this family.
A sari-sari store is a mini convenience store selling grocery items and toiletries. A family usually builds a small structure in front of their house which becomes a go-to-store for the neighborhood. Sari-sari stores are very convenient because they sell goods at small quantities. You can find 100 grams of sugar, 50 ml of cooking oil and 1 kg of rice in this store. Almost every neighborhood in the Philippines has a sari-sari store.
ACT Malaysia's Complete Report on Qurban Program 1441h has now been uploaded. Please click this link-
COVID-19: RELIEF FOR THE NEEDY targets trishaw and tuk-tuk drivers in Cotabato City and Maguindanao, Philippines this March 2020
Everyone is feeling the crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, even more so by those whose livelihood are directly affected like the trishaw and tuktuk drivers. In Cotabato City, income for these drivers has plummeted because of lack of passengers due to the community quarantine in place.
ACT Malaysia with the help of some generous souls reaches out to these drivers and helps to lessen the burden of putting food on the table by giving them rice.
Qurban for Humanity and Solidarity @ QHS 1441H (2020) raised 92 cows and 23 goats
QHS was in its 12th year in 2020 and ACT Malaysia had collaborated with Jemaah Ustaz Sabri which contributed 28 cows and 1 goat and Ikatan Guru-Guru Muslim Malaysia or I-GURU which provided 8 cows. From ACT Malaysia’s donors, we received 56 cows and 22 goats bringing the total number of animals to 92 cows and 23 goats. The animals were distributed in 37 locations in Cotabato City, Maguindanao and South Cotabato. Click this link for a complere report- https://actqurban1441h.blogspot.com/
WHY ACT MALAYSIA FOCUSES MORE ON MINDANAO
Humanitarian Situation in Mindanao
A combination of armed conflict, corrupt government and natural disasters has left most of Mindanao population struggling to survive. In the recent study of National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) of the Philippines, The five-province, two-city Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) posted the highest poverty incidence among families in the country’s 17 regions nationwide in 2012, with Lanao del Sur posting the highest at 68.9% and Maguindanao at 57.8%. Nationwide. 22 out of 100 families were estimated to be poor in the 1st semester of 2012. In the ARMM, the figure is more than twice, at 47 families out of 100. In Lanao del Sur, the figure is thrice the national average, at 69 out of 100 families and Maguindanao at 58 out of 100 families. In three years, 2009 to 2012, Maguindanao’s poverty incidence rose by as much as 20.2%.
The government considers a Filipino family poor if monthly earnings are less than the poverty threshold. In the 1st semester of 2012, poverty threshold for a family of 5 was at P5,458 per month to meet basic food needs. If non-food needs -- such as clothing, housing, transportation, health, and education expenses, and others -- are added to the threshold, cut off in 2012 went up to P7,821 earnings a month.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan explained that problems with peace & security played a substantial role in the increased poverty incidence in some provinces in Mindanao. That coupled with succession of natural disaster mainly in the form of heavy flooding due to typhoons have made living conditions worse for many people especially in Cotabato and Maguindanao area. Last month alone, an estimated 30,000 people in Maguindanao and Cotabato were uprooted from their homes due to flooding.
And historically Mindanao people or the Moros have been at war with whom they regard as colonials (the Spaniards, Americans and later Filipinos). The land is continually under arms struggle since the 17th century thus causing instability and underdevelopment.
MYR 1 = PhP 11.25