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Magtayo ng Buhay Update

Our Livelihood Projects: Magtayo Ng Buhay
 

(which means “Build a Life”) 

Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. More than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening. *source: World Bank Development Indicators 2012
 
The statistics can be overwhelming.  The data, often couched in despair.  There is a term that is used often in fund raising circles : compassion fatigue. Its when people are overwhelmed and exhausted by the level of need that exists in the world and the seemingly non stop requests to ‘be involved’. 
 
This is where those who have chosen the way of Christ can be lightning rods of change and possibility.  We are people who are driven by hope and captured by the awareness that Jesus is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, beyond all we can ask or imagine…when we simply obey His whisper to our hearts, and do what we can. 

When all of us, with our gifts, our abilities and our resources do that…miracles. 

 

This is one of the driving motivations we have behind our livelihood projects.

 
We focus on providing skills, education, training, mentorship, micro-financing and opportunities for the poorest of the poor to be proactive in changing their life circumstances.  This involves skills development, tools, opportunities to grow and learn, and education. 

There is a very real challenge of culture and expectation that imprisons those living in poverty.  It’s often not just a lack of resources, it’s a prison of worldview.  ‘This is all there is.’  It is why we believe in partnering education with opportunity.

To this end we are working to develop a network of small businesses throughout the Philippines that create the opportunity for social and cultural change.


 

Our WOODSHOP has been operating for close to 6 months.  We have partnered with several other ministries and have seen a surge of interest and excitement.   We refinish furniture, build custom pieces, design and install cupboards and cabinets.  

Please take a moment to watch this short video (by clicking it) about our main carpenter Jimmy and the Woodshop:


 
We are excited about this family and what Jesus is doing.  This year we will be able to add more carpenters and their families to our Magtayo family.
 
Our BAKERY.  This has been a slow burn development over the last 18 months.  We have been working in partnership with the Rotary Club of Makati and the doors are continuing to open.
They have donated all of the bakery equipment and we are hoping to begin construction on the bakery in February or March.
 
Gina has been a part of our family and ministry for over 5 years. Along with the support of many in Canada, we were able to help her build her own house on some land she purchased in a community in the nearby mountains. She has since bought the lot behind her for her “retirement” one day.

It’s on this lot in her community that the dream of a bakery for a source of income for her future started.

 
This bakery will employ several families and provide fresh baked goods to a community of 15,000 people without a place to buy fresh bread nearby.
 


Our SEWING CENTRE.  This is another Rotary collaboration that has developed in the last 6 months.  We are hoping that in February we will have our 6 donated machines ready for operation.

(Above is the group from the community who
are excited to start in the new sewing centre!)

 
The current plan is that as we build the bakery, we will attach an addition to provide a centralized space for our sewing centre.
 
The fund raising has just begun for the cost of building:  to complete the bakery and sewing centre we will need $5000.  Please pray about how you can be involved!

We have had several companies, with like minded vision, already contact us as to how they can partner with us in training and employing marginalized Filipinos! So cool!
 
We are excited about this community and what is ahead.

 

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