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Helping end the cycle of poverty
NICHOLAS WEST, Derbys, United Kingdom

My wife is from Twin Peaks. I have visited the area three times this year and most recently as Typhoon Juan was moving away, but still having effects on the area. Electricity had not been restored in the area after two weeks. Cleaning up of the roads and repairs from last year are still not complete. I looked through the list of people and organizations that donated to last year’s support to victims of Typhoon Pepeng. I was in tears at the generosity as I scrolled down the list.

My family runs a charity. The website www.wfct.org.uk which details a plan of action called the “Buddy Network” to provide learning support in every barangay. It may be ambitious, but it is incremental and it needs support from national and international sources. We have already put in action a donation of computers (subject to approval) to Gavino Palaoag Elementary School, Twin Peaks. It could be a month before the shipment is ready. The transport to the school will be around P28,000. We shall obtain support, but we would like to contact all overseas Philippines citizens to contribute a little. If just one supporting organization in one country has 10 members, and they all pay £10 a month (some P680) and if more than one country has the same number of supporters, then it is more than enough for every barangay in the Philippines to be able to implement the “Buddy Network” in their community. Look at the presentation and it will explain in detail how and why the “Cycle of Poverty” has to be broken, and that through “education” it can be done, if we can support our own community.

I have started by donating the software, who will help with the shipping of these computers? I invite you to comment on the site and tell me what we should do, or tell me if there is a list of every overseas group that attended school in the Philippines or have family that have or still do. I can contact and ask their help. See www.wfct.org.uk

Of course, I will be asking many other organizations, and we already have interest from other charities, but they want to see that it will work first before putting any money into it. Your children and your country need your help. Please help, even if it is to give your endorsement, your good will, and prayers. Better still, your support and contact details of those you know that can. Thank you.

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MORE ON WEEK'S MAIL
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:: Disappearing farm birds
I took notice of your paper’s item / article in back issues regarding birds. I’m not sure about what they call "tala" – perhaps it’s the same bird we call locally as "talal.’
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:: Stop the street concert parties
Mahilig ako sa mga gimmick hanggang ngayon pero pinipili ko na.
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:: Why hold concerts on the streets?
I’m a concerned mother. I live at Naguillan Road.
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:: Clean up the LT trading post
I am one of the everyday passersby along the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post and we are not really complaining…
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:: Correction on the accidental shooting
I just want to comment on the report published on Oct. 31 regarding the security guard who played with a gun and killed another accidentally…
 

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