Terangi Malamku, the Solar Lamps Project has given out 2,800 units of lamps in Mindanao to date.
Terangi Malamku, the Solar Lamps Project, is an ongoing effort by ACT Malaysia to make nights a little bit brighter for families without access to power. There are still communities in Maguindanao who rely on kerosene lamps which are costly, unhealthy, and dangerous. Rechargeable solar lamps can light up their homes for 8 hours on a good charge and they can be used for a year or more if taken care of properly. They can also charge phones.
To date, more than 2,800 units of solar lamps were distributed since the project started in 2014.
ACT Malaysia visits a noodle making factory for its entrepreneurial project with UNEP for women of Lok Urai, Sabah.
30 Nov. 2021. To learn about yellow noodles production, ACT Malaysia paid a visit to a mee (noodles) factory in Batang Kali, Selangor. This is to help understand the raw materials, machineries and the process of mee production. ACT and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) are set to put up a noodle making factory in Kg. Lok Urai, Pulau Gaya, Sabah, as a part of their community empowerment program that is ultimately aimed at protecting the marine environment.
Over 90 water wells installed this year as of September 2021.
There are over 80 water wells donated for Mindanao since the beginning of the year until August, 2021 with 70 % completed and 30 % still under construction. They are now serving communities in Maguindanao and Cotabato City, Philippines.
Qurban for Humanity and Solidarity ends with 75 cows and 27 goats for Mindanao.
75 cows and 27 goats were the number of animals contributed this year for Qurban for Humanity and Solidarity 1442H. Despite the pandemic, ACT Malaysia's donors continued to share a part of their wealth for the less fortunate Muslims in Mindanao, Philippines. We thank NADI and NEURONADI Brunei for contributing 15 cows and 3 portions and Badan Ugama dan Kebajikan MARA @ BUKM for contributing 6 cows and 2 goats.
A boy with his 1 kilo meat @ Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City, Mindanao on day 3 (22 July) of Qurban for Humanity and Solidarity 1442 H.
DAY 2 (21 JULY 2021) OF QURBAN FOR HUMANITY AND SOLIDARITY 1442 H IN MINDANAO.
DAY 1 (20 JULY 2021) OF QURBAN FOR HUMANITY AND SOLIDARITY 1442 H IN MINDANAO.
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36 water wells donated during Ramadan 2021
36 water wells or telaga donated during Ramadan 2021 have been completed and now serving 36 communities in Mindanao. Alhamdulillah.
MAJOR IMPROVEMENT FOR MARKADZ GINAKIT'S DORMITORY
Alhamdulillah. The Markaz Ginakit Litahfeezhil Qur'an Al Kareem students' dormitory has been renovated, thanks to our contributors. Improvement includes floor tiling, bed frame repair and painting, clothesline installation and provision of new mattresses and pillows. There are still many things to be done for this Markadz such as installing industrial fans and lockers (for storage). ACT Malaysia will continue to raise funds for further improvement of the school. The markadz now has 70 students. For more photos, click the image below.
Renovation of students' dormitory @ Markadz Ginakit Litahfeezhil Qur'an Al Kareem.
Ongoing project by ACT Malaysia- Renovation of students' dormitory @ Markadz Ginakit Litahfeezhil Qur'an Al Kareem. When completed, the 65 students will be able to hang out and sleep in a space with better beds, new mattresses and pillows, newly tiled floor and some other installation aimed at making them more comfortable.
Dar Al-Ghali, the last to receive rice on the last day of Ramadan.
Rice for Dar Al-Muhsineen, an orphanage in Crossing Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
Rice delivery to 17 families on the last day of Ramadan
12 May 2021. Rice were delivered to Ingungkogen, Bagua 2, Cotabato City, to the 17 families living there. 10 solar lamps were also handed over to them (there's no electricity here).
50 families @ Brgy. Sambolawan, Maguindanao received food packs, rounding up the total number of families who received food packs to 705.
11 May 2021. The last of food packs distribution was done for 50 families @ Brgy. Sambolawan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Philippines, rounding up the total number of families who received food packs to 705 families.
Food packs distribution to 75 familes @ Bagua 2, Cotabato City.
10 May 2021. The 9th distribution of food packs was held for 75 families @ Purok Tabanga, Bagua 2, Cotabato City, Philippines. This rounds up the number of families who received food packs to 655 families.
75 families receive food packs @ Sitio Kineputan. Maguindanao
10 May 2021. 75 families received food packs @ Sitio Kineputan, Barangay Poblacion, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
Nice to Wear project goes to Pulau Gaya, Sabah.
Nice to Wear project (part 4) continues in 2021 with Lok Urai, Pulau Gaya, Sabah, as the new location for distribution of preloved clothing. ACT Malaysia shipped the clothing to Sabah last March. Now, the local community has re-packed and transported the items to Lok Urai, ready to be distributed before Eidul Fitr.
7th food packs distribution to 70 families
8 May 2021.The 7th food packs distribution was held for 70 families @ Sitio Inas, Brgy. Dados, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, Philippines. This brings the total number of families who received a week supply of food since Ramadan began to 505 families.
Iftar for 60 orphans @ Markaz Tamayyuz
5 May 2021. Alhamdulillah. Bantuan Iftar Ramadan (AL-BIR) continues to hold iftar programs @ orphanages in Cotabato City and Maguindanao. Yesterday, it was held @ Markaz Tamayyuz (60 orphans), Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City.
Iftar for 50 orphans @ Dar Al-Muhsineen
4 May 2021. Iftar program was held for 50 orphans @ Dar Al-Muhsineen, Crossing Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
Itikaf program with 65 students @ Markaz Ginakit
Itikaf program @ Markadz Ginakit Litahfeezhil Quran Al Kareem, Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City has started.
6th Food packs distribution to 75 families
30 April 2021. Alhamdulillah. The 6th food pack distribution was done yesterday for 75 families @ Purok Waqaf, Mangungan, Bagua 2, Cotabato City, Philippines. This brings the total number of families who received food packs to 435.
Ramadan gift packs for Markaz Nur's orphans
30 April 2021. ACT Malaysia went to Markaz Nur to give Ramadan gift packs to the 21 orphans living there. Each orphan received toiletries, underwears, a towel, a pair of slippers, a comb and chocolate snacks
Markadz Ginakit Litahfeezhil Quran Al Kareem joins Itikaf program
29 April 2021. Alhamdulillah. The tahfiz students at Markadz Ginakit Litahfeezhil Quran Al Kareem, Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City, will be joining the Itikaf program on the last 10 days of Ramadan organized by ACT Malaysia. In addition, as requested by the mudir, the much needed big burner/cooker and cutlery were also delivered yesterday.
Iftar for 53 orphans @ Markaz Alongan
27 April 2021. Alhamdulillah. Iftar program for 53 orphans @ Markaz Alongan Litahfeedhil Qur'an, Solon, Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao, Philippines was held yesterday. This was the second iftar given to this markaz since Ramadan begun.
5th food packs distribution for 75 families
26 April 2021. The 5th Food packs distribution was held today for 75 families @ Sitio Kapok, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, Philippines. This rounds up the total number of beneficiaries of food packs to 360 families, Alhamdulillah.
Iftar and sahur for orphans @ Markaz Nur
23 April 2021. The 6th orphanage to receive food for iftar and sahur is Markaz Nur, Labo -Labo, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao, Philippines for 21 boys and 3 caretakers.
4th food packs distribution to 75 families
23 April 2021. 4th food packs distribution for 75 families @ Sittio Fishpond, Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City. This brings the number of families provided with food packs to 285 families.
Iftar for orphans @ Markadz Abdulaziz Arrashid
22 April 2021. Iftar for Markadz Abdulaziz Arrashid Orphanage (58 boys and 8 caretakers) @ Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City, Philippines. This is the 5th orphanage to have received iftar from AL-BIR 1442H.
Iftar for orphans @ Markadz Ginakit Litahfeezhil Quran Al Kareem.
20 April 2021. Iftar (with Aqiqah kambing) for 65 orphans (all boys) and 5 caretakers @ Markadz Ginakit Litahfeezhil Quran Al Kareem, Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City, Philippines.
3rd food packs distribution to 60 families
19 April 2021. Alhamdulillah. House to house food packs distribution to 60 families @ Sitio Ilod, Simuay Seashore, Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao. This rounds up the number of families who received food packs to 210. Please click the image below for more pictures.
Iftar and Sahur for orphans @ Dar Al-Ghali
19 April 2021. Alhamdulillah, Iftar for Dar Al-Ghali's 25 orphans @ Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao, Philippines. Please click the image below for more pictures.
Iftar and sahur for orphans @ Markadz Al- Arfadz
17 April 2021. Iftar and sahur (with 2 aqiqah kambing) were provided for 67 orphans and caretakers @ Markadz Al- Arfadz Orphanage, Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City, Philippines on the 5th day of Ramadan. Please click the image below for more pictures.
2ND AL-BIR 1442 FOOD PACKS DISTRIBUTION TO 100 FAMILIES
15 April 2021. AL-BIR 1442H food packs delivered to the residents of Tukananes in Cotabato City via boats. Each of the 100 recipient families has a claim ticket which is torn after the food pack is received. Distribution was quite tricky due to the mode of transportation and the rain, but everything went well, alhamdulillah. Please click the image below for more pictures.
IFTAR FOR ORPHANS ON 2ND DAY OF RAMADAN
14 April 2021. Alhamdulillah, on the second day of Ramadan, Iftar was held @ Markaz Alongan Litahfeedhil Qur'an, Solon, Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao, Philippines. The markaz shelters 53 orphans (all boys). Please click the image below for more pictures.
FIRST AL-BIR 1442H FOOD PACKS DISTRIBUTION
13 April 2021. Alhamdulillah, the first AL-BIR 1442H food packs distribution was done @ Purok Ali, Tamontaka 2, Cotabato City, Philippines. 50 families received food packs each containing rice, eggs, bread, cooking oil, coffee, sugar, rice noodles, soy sauce and condensed milk. Please click the image below for more pictures.
Help the poor in Mindanao with BANTUAN IFTAR RAMADAN @ AL-BIR, now in its 14th year.
Bantuan Iftar Ramadan continues in its 14th year this 2021. Packs of food will be gifted to struggling families in Mindanao. Let us ease the burden of the needy and make the holy month more meaningful this year, inshaAllah.
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-
SMART SANITATION FOR WATER SETTLEMENTS - a special project with UNEP
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AL-BIR 1441H and COVID-19 Quarantine Relief program in 2020 benefited 1,050 families and 4 orphanages in Mindanao.
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.
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