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ABOUT FAMFI

Dear Friends,

I am Maria Christine Gabuya Brown, Founder and Chief Executive Director of the Filipino-American Magtinabangay Foundation, Inc. (FAMFI), which is a non-profit public benefit charity organization which I started on September 22, 2006.

We launched FAMFI in Cebu City, Philippines last November 25, 2006. I went to Sitio Paglaum, situated just beside the Mandaue City open dumpsites.  I saw young and old people, scavenging daily through the mountain of garbage brought to the area. I saw many poor and neglected children that nobody cares about.  The city is not able to provide relief to their basic needs.  I could not turn my back away and ignore their situation, once I had seen the ongoing poverty and hardships the children there have to endure.  Will more than likely endure for generations to come.  I feel bound to help bring relief and care to these poverty stricken people who desperately need help.

The original purpose of the foundation was to help the Filipino children who were living at the dump sites or on the streets. We provided  meals, clothing and school supplies, through the help of many generous benefactors.  We have expanded our mission and we are currently working on several important projects, which will help many more people.

From August of 2007 to 2009, we have contributed to former Cebu City Mayor, Tomas Osmeña’s project called Cebu City Frontline Clusters.  CCFC is composed of different city government agencies, which travel to the remote and mountainous areas of Cebu to provide free medical, dental, legal; even garbage service to families who have never experienced these basic services.  FAMFI has helped support this project by supplying medicine and vitamins. Our contribution has already helped thousands of needy people.

I have been working for months with the World Medical Relief (WMR) for the donation of medical and dental equipment and supplies for FAMFI’s Medical and Dental Mission.  WMR has already approved our request and is ready for shipment from Detroit, Michigan to the Philippines.  We have been working hard and still have a long way to go in obtaining donations to pay for the cost of shipping and WMR service fee; which is very expensive, it cost $12,000 per 40 footer container.  Once we get the equipment to Cebu City, many other arrangements will take place.  FAMFI is eager for these projects to swing into action; once the shipping is paid for, everything else will fall into place.

On my trip to Cebu last April 2008, I met with Mayor Tomas Osmeña who agreed that the City of Cebu would finance the cost of shipment and provide the required service fee to WMR.  Except for the need of funding, all paperwork has been approved by WMR. During the meeting with the mayor, he agreed to donate the equipment to the Military Hospital and to CCFC or Cebu City Medical Center, which was his idea.

I also met with Lt. Gen. Victor S. Ibrado, the former Commanding General of the Philippine Army/ Chief of Staff (Ret), which at the time he was the Commanding General of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.  We made an agreement that FAMFI would allow use of their facility for our approximately five free surgeries per month because of the donated medical equipment and medical supplies.   Lt. Gen. Ibrado also offered us the use of military doctors and dentists for our Medical and Dental Missions.  Lt. Col. Nicolas C. Pongos Jr. (Ret), Vice President of FAMFI Philippines, is a very good friend of  Lt. Gen. Ibrado (Ret), and will oversee our Medical Mission with the military.  I have the utmost faith in Lt. Col. Pongos, Jr. (Ret) carrying out this humane mission.

I have also met with a group of surgeons, headed by Dr. Manuel Villamor of Cebu Doctors’ Hospital, who volunteered to donate their time to give at least five free surgeries per month to our indigent beneficiaries. Our agreement is that FAMFI will provide the hospital and medicine, which we have already arranged with the CCFC and the military hospital.

The whole purpose of FAMFI is to give “a boost up” to those who are struggling just to survive. So many people are lacking the basics of food, shelter and medicine. If those things are met, people will be able to focus on education and improved quality of life. We want to promote self-sufficiency and sustainable living, but first we have to ensure their health.

I have a lot of ideas and the passion to do it, but my problem is that I don’t have a lot of support or funding.  I really want the foundation to be the bridge that will enable the people to be something better, to have better lives for themselves and generations to come.  I can do only so much to facilitate my foundation’s work, but I desperately need your help.

Our FAMFI President in the Philippines, Mr. Cris Caparoso, is also the Executive Director of Cebu City YMCA, and the Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Talisay-Cebu.  He was able to get YMCA and the Rotary Club to support the efforts of  FAMFI.  As of July 2010, we are officially affiliated with them.  I know the input of ideas and energy from these two organizations would be very helpful and beneficial to us.

Our main project with this new alliance (YMCA Cebu & Rotary Club of Talisay -Cebu) is a mobile dental clinic that caters to indigent people that live in the mountains and remote areas of Cebu and neighboring cities.  We strongly believe that everybody deserves basic dental care that is free.

We want to address areas to dental care as a major health need of children in our community. Dental cavities are the single most common chronic problem of childhood; occurring more frequently than asthma. In addition to treatment, children and their families, get free training and education.  The importance of good nutrition and instruction in the practice of good oral hygiene need to occur.

We now have ongoing Medical, Dental and Optical Missions with free medicines and reading glasses.  A health and hunger project LILY means Lugaw Init Libre sa YMCA. This is a continuing program every Saturday and Sunday 7:00- 9:00 am. LILY project is open to everybody, akin to “Soup Kitchen”, anybody who likes to eat HOT porridge is welcomed. Lebring Init Lugaw sa YMCA – LILY Project

In Napa, I run a daycare facility in which I serve mostly clientele that are on welfare.  These people are trying to better their lives but are not able to provide enough basic needs for their children.  Often times, the family consists of only one parent.  I accept any donations that will help these families such as clothing, toys and food.  My daycare also includes children on activities ie, theatre, trips, bowling and much more when parents cannot afford to pay.
Any donation that you might consider would greatly expand the scope and range of our help to very needy people here in Napa and Cebu City.

I believe that with your support, we could be “The Bridge” that will enable people to have better lives and hope in their future.  If I can do anything to facilitate my request, please advice.

Sincerely,

Christine Gabuya Brown

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VISION & MISSION

Vision

Our vision is for the children and families of poor communities to have the basic necessities of food, shelter and medicine to be healthy. Then we envision growth and development as empowered persons so that they become productive members of church and society.

 

Mission

To realize the vision, the Foundation commits to assist these less-privileged communities in their physical, educational, medical, dental and spiritual needs by providing regular feeding programs, helping establish educational institutions, providing medical and dental equipment and assisting with funds to build chapels and churches.

 

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PHILIPPINES

Philippines

 

The Philippines (Filipino: Pilipinas [ˌpɪlɪˈpinɐs]), officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas), is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Seasits Vietnam. The Sulu Sea to the southwest lies between the country and the island of Borneo, and to the south the Celebes Seaseparates it from other islands of Indonesia. It is bounded on the east by the Philippine Sea. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and its tropical climate make the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons but have also endowed the country with natural resources and made it one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. An archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, the Philippines is categorized broadly into three main geographical divisions: LuzonVisayas, and Mindanao. Its capital city is Manila.

With an estimated population of about 92 million people, the Philippines is the world’s 12th most populous country. An additional 11 millionFilipinos live overseas. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. In prehistoric times, Negritos were some of the archipelago’s earliest inhabitants. They were followed by successive waves of Austronesian peoples who brought with them influences fromMalayHindu, and Islamic cultures. Trade introduced Chinese cultural influences.

The arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 marked the beginning of an era of Spanish interest and eventual dominance. Manila emerged as the Asian hub of the Manila–Acapulco galleon fleet. Missionary work led to widespread Christianity. As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, there followed in quick succession the short-lived Philippine Revolution, the Spanish-American War, and the Philippine-American War. In the aftermath, the United States replaced Spain as the dominant power. Aside from the period of Japanese occupation, the United States retained sovereignty over the islands until the end of World War II when the Philippines gained independence. The United States bequeathed to the Philippines the English language and a stronger affinity for Western culture. Since independence the Philippines has had an often tumultuous experience with democracy, with popular “People Power” movements overthrowing a dictatorship in one instance but also underlining the institutional weaknesses of its constitutional republic in others.

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