A big thank you for your prayers and donations
Dear <<First Name>>, Seeds of Dignity works mainly among people who live in rural areas of the Philippines. Poverty is most severe and most widespread in the rural areas and almost 80 per cent of the country’s poorest people live there. Agriculture is the primary and often only source of income for rural poor, most of whom depend on subsistence farming and fishing for their livelihoods. In general, illiteracy, unemployment and the incidence of poverty are higher among indigenous peoples and people living in the upland areas.
They are often referred to as the "one-third" in studies about poverty, to describe those living below the poverty line. Within the "one-third" is another group which lives in extreme poverty, often stated as being 1 in 6 Filipinos.
In a recent study, it was found that in the "one third", only 1% have a head of household who has a college education. This contrasts to 16% for those in the other "two thirds". (Philippine Statistic Authority Studies)
According to the World Bank, "as many as 44 percent of workers have less than secondary education, which is substantially higher in rural areas (57 percent), but is high even in urban areas (30 percent). Among youth from poor families, those who have not completed secondary education exceed 60 percent." Workers without a secondary education are generally channeled into low paying, informal jobs rather than formal jobs. The poverty cycle continues. The rural poor are also a main target of human trafficking.
Everyone agrees that having a quality education is a key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty. For that reason, SOD chooses to support programs increasing the educational levels among the rural poor to allow them to increase their future earning potential.
Among the programs we support are:
- Feeding and care programs at the Balay Pasilungan for 70 indigenous children who live so far from the schools that they cannot attend unless they have a place to stay during the week. This program is coordinated by the local Alliance Church.
- A daily feeding program at the Marilog High School of Agriculture for 125 malnourished children. This involves partnerships with several other organizations.
- A daily feeding program for 89 malnourished students at Ciriaco Mariano Elementary School. This is a new program which will start on September 1st.
- Scholarships for the Haven of Hope Orphanage and Transition House. Five attend Holy Cross Academy in Digos (grades 7-10). Two attend Cor Jesu High School (Grades 11-12). One attends the University of Mindanao High School (Grades 11-12). Four attend Cor Jesu College (College grades 1-4).
- Scholarships for other students - University of the Southern Philippines in Davao. (1 second year student). Southern Philippines Baptist Theological College in Davao (1 fourth year student). Palompon Institute of Technology in Palompon, Leyte (1 fourth year student and 1 second year student).
- We also have been able to start several new reading centers and programs in rural schools due to the donation of many books from the USA and Canada.
- At the Marilog High School of Agriculture we are involved in vocational programs, in partnership with other organizations as well.
- Bananas, vegetables, and braille paper are provided to Davao School for the Blind. We also support their jujitsu program, their values education program and provide transportation for many events.
Our scholarships vary from tuition based, to full tuition and room and board. All of the recipients are required to perform some type of community service to receive the scholarships. None of the recipients could receive a quality education without this assistance. All of the scholarships also involve some form of discipleship.
Recently we had one student graduate from Davao Doctors College and pass his board exam to become an RN. Another student graduated from the University of Mindanao and is now a licensed teacher.
Funds for these programs come from several sources. 1) Individual donors, 2) churches, 3) service organizations, 3) donations from "sale" of products and candy and 5) foundations. We are grateful for the support for these important, life changing programs.
Making a difference together, as God leads,
Seeds of Dignity Ministries, Inc.
Seeds of Dignity Ministries - Mindanao, Inc.
Seeds of Dignity is a 501 c(3) organization and all donations made by USA donors are tax deductible.