Walkathon Fundraiser in Southern California Hosts Lumad from Mindanao

NAFCON Southern California will host a LAKAD 5K Fundraiser for the Adopt A Community Campaign to build a Water system for the Lumad Indigenous People of Mindanao.

NAFCON Southern California will host a LAKAD 5K Fundraiser for the Adopt A Community Campaign to build a Water system for the Lumad Indigenous People of Mindanao.

April 5, 2016

Contact: Ryan Leano, NAFCON SC Staff (415) 779­-5994, s c@nafconusa.org

On April 23, 2016, Filipino community leaders and supporters will host a “LAKAD 5K” walkathon featuring Lumad leaders at La Cañada United Methodist Church to celebrate Earth Day and raise funds to build a water system for indigenous communities in Mindanao, Philippines. The event will be hosted by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) Southern California, Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN), and the C alifornia­Pacific United Methodist Church Task Force on the Philippines.

NAFCON launched the Adopt­A­Community campaign last year to support the basic needs of the Talaingod Manobo tribes in Davao del Norte. The Talaingod Manobo are one of the 18 remaining Lumad indigenous groups in Mindanao. “They usually have to walk long distances or rely on rainfall just to get water. With sanitation systems not in place, the lack of water affects the overall health and wellness of the community,” Alex Montances, Southern California Regional Coordinator of NAFCON.

The proposed water system will be built in collaboration with the Lumad community. “The community members will be trained on how to manage and maintain the water system. There will also be education programs that range from climate change, health and nutrition, and sanitation that is based on their culture and lifestyle,” Montances continued.

This event is part of the Lumad leaders’ nationwide tour across the United States to raise awareness about their community’s culture and struggles in Mindanao, Philippines.

“It is very rare that we get to meet and hear the Lumad speak. We usually just read about them in books, see their pictures, or know them for their traditional dances and vibrant clothing. It is a great opportunity to actually hear from them about their culture and their everyday conditions,” said Jewelle De La Cruz, Southern California Regional Coordinator of Kabit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN), a network of Filipino youth organizations that host typhoon relief and rebuilding mission trips each summer to indigenous communities in the Philippines.

NAFCON­SoCal invites all allies, friends, families, and members of the Filipino community to help fundraise and participate in LAKAD: 5K Walk­a­thon for the Lumad, which will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9:00AM­12:00PM, at L a Canada United Methodist Church (104 Berkshire Pl, La Cañada, Flintridge, CA 91011).

For more information, visit www.bit.ly/RegLakad4Lumad or email s c@nafconusa.org. For more information about NAFCON’s Adopt­a­Community campaign, visit www.nafconusa.org/adopt.

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NAFCON is a national multi­issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the United States. For information, visit nafconusa.org.

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