“Give in to Giving” at The Coffee Bean

Cartwheel celebrates the season of giving with the delightful 12 Cups with The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. From Nov. 7, 2008 until Jan. 18, 2009, coffee and tea lovers can complete a series of 12 drinks at The Coffee Bean and choose among 12 advocacies to support.  Cartwheel joins the 11 other organizations in The Coffee Bean’s roster of advocacies! Upon completion, The Coffee Bean will donate in your name to your chosen organization. The Coffee Bean will support Cartwheel’s Pre-School program. What’s more, you will receive the limited edition Giving Journal featuring on its cover artworks of 12 of today’s important Filipinos artists.  The actual artworks will be auctioned off at the end of the promo and all proceeds will be divided for the 12 organizations. 

 

So we invite you to head out to the nearest Coffee Bean outlet, stand up for education and indigenous peoples’ rights and choose Cartwheel!

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Cartwheel Volunteer Program rejuvenated

Last November 5 marked the re-launching of the Cartwheel Volunteer Program at Max’s Restaurant, Glorietta in Makati City, with the participation of 26 young professionals, both old and new volunteers of Cartwheel.  The event kicked off with dinner and proceeded with the introduction of the revamped Volunteer Program designed to create a wider volunteer base and be able harness more efficiently the vast amount of energy and diverse talents of students and young professionals out there.  Later, the attendees of the re-launch broke out into the different teams offered by the Program: Inter-ACT-ive, Advo-CAUSE-ee and Marketing, WELL-ness, and LIVE-lihood.  At press time, the new volunteers have continued organizing their teams and are planning their own activities to support Cartwheel and the cause of the indigenous peoples.

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A Center that breathes life

The Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Education opened its newest building, The Living Heritage of Philippine Indigenous Peoples, last October 20. The Heritage Center serves as the voice of the indigenous peoples to the world so that they “may share [their] life, history, values…as well as [their] hopes and aspirations as a people” to reach out as one people.  It is a home of living traditions with rich resources such as crafts, books, and maps chronicling IP history, territories, practices, and much more.  The Heritage Center is found in the Pamulaan campus in the University of Southeastern Philippines, Mintal, Davao City.

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Forging Partnerships for Peace strengthened the third time around

Forging Partnerships for Peace (FPP) held its 3rd IP conference last September 24 – 27, 2008 in the Institute of Social Order - Ateneo de Manila University.  The conference was aimed at gathering the active IP leaders from different tribes from all over the country to come up with a common plan of action and direction on possible solutions on various critical and most urgent issues facing the IP’s today, including the IPRA and the AD-MOA.  The conference also provided for sharing of ideas and experiences that bonded many of the participants. It was also a venue for IP women to also raise their own concerns on issues affecting their sector.  At the end, Datu Pendolunan of Kibawe, Bukidnon shared, “I am happy that my concerns are heard and was included in this conference. Thank you for helping my community.”

 

The FPP is organized by ten civil society organizations who served as the Steering Committee: Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID), Cordillera People’s Forum (CPF), Balay Rehabilitation Center, Gaston Z Ortigas (GZO) Peace Institute, Anthropology Watch (AnthroWatch), Inter-Peoples Exchange (Ipex), Koalisyon ng Katutubong Samahan ng Pilipinas (KASAPI), Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP), Assisi Development Foundation (ADF), and Cartwheel Foundation

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