Emergency Relief Operations
The 19th of March 2010 black smoke gushed up in the sky from a town called Atlas in the Dasmariñas area about 30 minutes drive from the MWBPI center in Cavite. A team from the center started immediately to map the needs and contact the local authorities to find out how they could be helped. Some hours later 4 loaded cars left the center with emergency relief aid to 300 families: Food, kitchen utensils and other necessities.
See the report here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyIth6PrxvE
Home for Abandoned Babies
Located within the grounds of our base in Cavite is our home for abandoned babies and toddlers. These children will stay with us until adoptive parents can be found, both from within the Philippines and oversees. We have the capacity to care for up to 15 children at any one time, providing them with the love and care they need from our expert team.
Care for Malnourished Children
Also at our base in Cavite is where we provide a home for malnourished babies and children. Extreme poverty in the Philippines has led to many children being deprived of the nourishment they need to grow up healthy and strong. We are able to provide temporary care for these children, bringing them back to full health before they return to their family.
Alongside our children's facilities in Cavite is our purpose-built maternity clinic. The center provides free mother classes for expectant mums in the local community. These same mothers can then have their babies in the safety of a clean and well-equipped maternity clinic. It is staffed by a team of mid-wives and provides a facility for the poorest of the poor who cannot afford to deliver their child in a public hospital.
On both the islands of Luzon and Mindanao we are engaged in prison ministry, reaching out to touch the lives of thousands of inmates with the love of Christ. We deliver programs that incorporate Bible-teaching, times of praise and worship as well as skills training and fun! Many of the men and women we reach out to have found a real and personal faith in Jesus – it is a real privilege to see lives transformed and people gain find a hope they never knew existed.
Pioneering medical work amongst poor communities is one of the areas MWBPI places as a high priority. Through the generosity of volunteers we have been able to send health-care professionals into communities who would otherwise be unable to afford the medical help they require. Areas we have been able to provide free assistance in include dental provision, eye clinics and tubal ligation.
Education plays a key part in our efforts to help people out of poverty and into the blessing of God. In the Philippines, children are unable to enroll in school until they can read and write, despite many parents being unable to afford day-school classes or have the ability to teach the skills themselves. MWBPI recognises this need for assistance and provides day-care schooling on both Mindoro and Mindanao. In this way, 170 young children were able to ‘graduate’ onto elementary level in March 2008.
MWBPI has also been able to provide full high-school sponsorship to more than 40 young people this year, enabling bright young pupils to reach their full academic potential and break the circle of poverty.
Empowering people with livelihood skills plays a significant part in the work of MWBPI. Through the generosity of volunteer professionals we have been able to train many people in skills that have enabled them to source an income for their families. One skill area has been that of arts and crafts where local women have been trained in sewing and jewelry making, with products then being sold oversees.
Street Children Programs
Another exciting ministry area we are involved in is our work with street children in Mindanao. We are reaching out to hundreds of young people through feeding programs, help with education and activities in our multi-purpose center. Our desire is to show them the love of God - that He is interested in them personally and wants the best for their lives.
Core Community Development Center and Training Campus
Since 2004 MWBPI has been working on the island of Mindoro. The native people are the Katatubo, also known as the Mangyans, and are typically very poor with very limited, and often no access, to basic services such as sanitation, education and health-care. MWBPI has been embraced by the local people as a real force for good in the community. Here are just some of the ways that lives are being transformed by the love and efforts of the team:
Reconstruction: Late in 2006 the village of Kadilawan was destroyed by a super typhoon, leaving 30 families homeless. With help from MWBPI the villagers were assisted with the finances and skills training to re-build their community. The houses were re-built to a far improved standard, with a water supply installed and multi-purpose hall constructed. This is big enough to shelter all the villagers from future typhoons, plus house a facility for a local school and church.
Core: Just a few minutes drive from Kadilawan is the location of a new centre for MWBPI work on Mindoro. The project is an exciting undertaking, which commenced in the summer of 2007 and aims to provide a first-class facility for local people in need of children’s day care, ante-natal help and maternity clinic facilities. It will also provide a facility for conferences and training and a retreat destination for those looking to seek God in quiet and relaxation. Most of the workers employed on this project are from the Kadilwan village, and so not only were they trained to re-build their homes but they have also been given employment by MWBPI for the construction of Core.