Adopt A Community Solicitation Letter

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NAFCON Minda ProjectAs the two-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) approaches this November 8th, it is important to take a moment to remember the more than 6,300 people who lost their lives and the 4.1 million displaced in the wake of this tragic calamity. In the face of the massive devastation, our community united and through NAFCON gathered more than $1 million from 49 states in the U.S. and over 30 countries worldwide for the much needed relief and rebuilding effort.

Today, NAFCON encourages our community to continue the spirit of unity and support sparked in the wake of Haiyan. We realize it is imperative to be proactive and to address the underlying issues that greatly increase the vulnerability of communities to typhoons such as poverty, lack of infrastructure, and corporate pollution and environmental destabilization. Just this past week, Typhoon Koppu affected 1.4 million people as it pummeled through the northern Luzon Island, with mudslides and floods aggravated by these kinds of man-made factors.  To combat these man-made vulnerabilities from exacerbating the impacts of climate events, NAFCON started the Adopt A Community program. This program supports communities in the Philippines by strengthening their capacity to survive and develop in the face of environmental challenges.

This year, NAFCON’s goal is to raise $10,000 to build a water system in Dulyan, Palma Gil, Talaingod, Davao del Norte. Comprising of 65 families or 325 peoples of the Manobo Tribe, this community has no contained system for potable water. Because this Manobo community resides in the highlands, they get water from sources up to 30 minutes away including streams, wells dug beside the rivers, and from natural rainfall, limiting their ability to meet personal and household needs. The current project will provide a sufficient and sustainable water supply for the entire community and adjacent areas that will greatly improve health conditions for the people there.

As a member of NAFCON, I hope you will consider supporting the Adopt A Community Program by donating at nafconusa.org or sending a check to our office at 4681 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94112 (write “Adopt” on the memo).  You can also buy, download, and sharing the “River Song” by Diskarte Namin which highlights the struggles of indigenous communities to survive in the face of government and corporate land grabbing. (Available at: https://kulturalguerrillas.bandcamp.com.) You can also make purchases through Amazon Smile and choose NAFCON as your charitable organization recipient.

For more information on the Adopt A Community Program please go to nafconusa.org/Adopt or contact NAFCON at info@nafconusa.org. Your kind donation will help make this project a success! Please join NAFCON in making this goal a reality.

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