Thursday, January 24, 2008
The Ati of Boracay & The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
The sisters of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul support a community of Atis, a group of indigenous people of the Philippines, who are considered as the original inhabitants of Boracay survive in the island.
I distinctly remember when we were visiting Boracay Island in the early 70's when Atis roamed around freely, and we recognized their virtual ownership of the place. We were just visitors in their beautiful island. Today, these original people of the Philippines are disenfranchised and their very survival as a people is threatened to extinction.
The DeSales group interacted with the Ati community, played with the shy but adorable children and shared with them our food including rice.
ms. johanna said...
Donating food to the Ati community meant a lot to me. The sisters helping the community survive are very perseverant and are doing an amazing job in looking out for the Ati's rights. I greatly enjoyed distributing fruits to the kids: I loved seeing them smile.
Together we can do more to help the Ati Community stand for their rights, let's do this!