“The community leading the way”
Kharla, our staff, visited the communities of Kalatagan and Kangku in Malita last June 20 to 23. She met with Fr. Primo of the Missionaries of Jesus who is now based in Kalatagan. Although he is bringing with him a wealth of experience serving Muslim communities in Lanao del Sur, Fr. Primo Fragel is a humble man of faith who has a heart for Indigenous communities. It is his goal to learn first the language of the Tagakolu in order for him to better understand and find his place in the community.
The visit was also for us to meet with the elders in these communities as they prepare for the first activity of the first phase of the Indigenous Youth Leadership – Tagakolu curriculum, which is the “pawa” or planting ceremony. Many from the communities expressed their support to the activity: from the needed materials for the “dugsu” or ritual to the farm and seedlings of corn and upland rice. The active role the communities are taking part, not only in providing support but also in mentoring the tribal youth of their villages, is a testament to their ownership of the entire engagement.
We hope to continue through this path of helping the communities lead the way for their own development while utilizing the varied strengths and assets found within their very own lands.
Thank you once again for the support. MJ Fathers and Mission staff, you never cease to amaze us. More to come! All of us here are happy and motivated!