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|Programs for Education
To provide a place for
learning for indigenous children ages 2.5 to 7
in preparation for elementary. This is to ensure a proper
environment that will develop children into life-long learners capable
of being self-sufficient in the future.
Sta. Teresita Pre-School (2 classrooms) constructed in September
Provides a learning environment for at least 40 students annually.
Sitio Abel Pre-School (2 makeshift classrooms)constructed in April
2001. Provides a learning environment for at least 30 students
To teach beginning reading, writing, numeracy skills; To provide a
venue for deepening the
internalization of tribal culture and
traditions to ensure their preservation.
The Sta Teresita and Sitio Abel schools have, since school year
1999-2000, graduated almost 200 pre-shoolers who are now in elementary
and excelling. Our first graduates are now in their last years in
grade school and will be entering high school soon.
To provide education subsidy and support for pre-school, high school,
college and adult students; providing opportunities for further studies
is strengthening the critical mass of leaders needed to effect
significant improvements and developments in the community.
Dharvy Jumamoy, former Cartwheel scholar now teaching in the Parochial
High School. photo by Alex
15 scholars in 1999 and now have 25 scholars in
college. Our college scholars attend
universities in Bukidnon, Cagayan
de Oro and Ifugao. Our first two graduates are currently teaching in
their communities – one in adult education, the other in the parochial
|Adult Literacy Classes -
To provide basic and functional literacy &
supplementary health & nutrition
knowledge to indigenous adults in order to assist them in becoming
active participants in the development of their community.
Since 2002, 56 adults have graduated from the fist modular
course. From the first batch
of graduates emerged an adult
para-teacher who now co-conducts classes for 40
Elementary Education certification classes began January 2004 for 27
|Cultural Heritage Preservation -
To document indigenous culture and traditions/keep it alive through
integration into school curricula and celebrating customs and
In 2003, Cultural Center of the Philippines representatives and their
researchers visited the area to interview village elders, leaders and
youth regarding Tala-andig dances, music, clothing, epics,
rituals. The collected data was used for a workshop co-conducted
by CCP experts and Miarayon leaders and students to begin the
integration of Tala-andig culture and practices in the schools'
curricula. All musical instruments made, costumes, and Talandig
art gathered will be house in the Tala-andig Cultural Heritage Center
that is to be built.
The Tala-andig Cultural Heritage Center is being
developed and established by the Miarayon Lapok Lirongan Tala-andig
Tribal Association (MILALITRA) together with Cartwheel. It will
be the seat of governance and education for the Miarayon Tala-andig
community. It will be used for traditional tribal celebrations
and rituals for the community’s datus, elders and families. It
will also hold the community’s collection of literature, books,
instruments, costumes, livelihood, products and artworks. It will
be a gathering place for the community to grow in knowledge and
appreciation of their own resources and culture.
photo by Alfian Noor
To provide medical and dental attention to children and adults in
project areas; to provide some medication especially vitamins and
common meds for curable ailments. Cartwheel's goal is to
missions with doctors, medical personnel from Mindanao and
pharmaceutical companies in Metro Manila
The first medical mission was held March 2002 where 100+ children were
treated by a doctor a nd his volunteer assistants. A dental
mission is scheduled in October 2003.
To provide children with supplements to their dietary needs; help them
reach their age-appropriate weight; and administer deworming.
Many malnourished children in the area cannot cope with school demands
due to lack of brain development.
This program specifically targets Sitio Abel children, perceived to
have the most severe health and nutrition conditions in the Miarayon
In October of 2002, the processing of land titles for farmers, was
undertaken by the Foundation with its government and non-government
partners. In October 2003, Miarayon was declared an ancestral
land domain where the Tala-andig farmers received legitimate titles to
their ancestral land.
Children from different indigenous communities are provided with skills
and tools to express
themselves through visual art. Read
To connect with committed individuals and
communities; to journey and learn from each other; to build a base of
advocates for the poor, especially for indigenous children.
Program for Cartwheel's Sustainability
To build an endowment fund or enterprise that can plough back profits
into the programs and ensure their sustainability.