Community Action

We believe that the key to seeing lasting change in the lives of the children we work with is not by only providing support to the child themselves, but also to the community within which they live.  Mercy in Action tailors each of its programmes to suit the community it supports.

 

Supporting families:

Wherever possible, Mercy in Action’s social workers will make every effort to keep families together, prevent family breakdown and reunite families when required. We provide practical and financial support to hundreds of people every month, to help alleviate the burden of poverty. We also provide immediate & long term relief to those affected by natural disasters, homelessness and family breakdowns. Containers from the UK enable us to provide families with food, clothing & other supplies after emergencies

Alongside this, we run weekly support meetings for parents trying their best to bring up children in the slums many call home. We serve over 800 women every month at our Source Group. This group provides friendship, encouragement and parenting advice. We also run a weekly men’s support group. Over 50 teenagers attend our mid week youth group which advises young people on difficulties & decisions they may be facing. It gives youth a place to go at night, other than hanging around on the streets

Transforming Communities

House building:

Homelessness is often the cause of unnecessary family breakdown, which is why Mercy in Action is committed to helping families realise their dream of living in a home of their own.  Small native houses are quick to build and relatively cheap, yet offer stability and hope that can pave the way to a happy, healthy family unit.  Over the years we have been able to provide more than 130 homes like this, as well as repair hundreds more.

After Typhoon Haiyan, we focused our efforts on one village on an island called Bantayan. We were able to train residents to build their own houses, and provide them with the materials they needed, which enabled to community to rebuild itself.

 

The Sabaquil Family:

Keeping Families Together“We first met the Sabequil family after their son Antony was put forward for the Mercy in Action schooling programme by his school after being identified as one of the poorest 10% of children in his school. Our social worker soon learnt that Antony was living with his parents and sister in a small wooden hut and it was unlikely that the family would ever be able to afford a decent home as Antony’s father earned a minimal wage as a producer of coconut wine and vinegar. When a donation was made by a supporter to go towards a house build, we immediately knew who would most benefit from a proper family home.

“Our new home has given us so much more space and provides us with a place to keep all of our things. The children are so much happier in a safe home.” Alma Sabequil, mother

Mercy in Action was also able to help Alma after she severely injured her leg after a motorbike accident by covering the costs of the operation that she otherwise would never have been able to afford. Both Alma’s children are on the Mercy in Action schooling programme and are thriving in school and the Sabequil family are also involved in the tree planting programme in Tapul which will generate a good source of income for the family once the trees start producing fruit.”

 

Livelihood Projects:

Transforming Communities

For years we have been working in a mountain village in Cebu called Tapul where absolute poverty was preventing many children from attending school.  By replanting an area of previously logged forest with fruit trees, MiA has given ten trees to each family to care for.  When mature, the fruit will provide a much needed income.  Until then the children on our programme receive a hot, nutritious meal each day, as well as having all their schooling needs met.  The parents have taken responsibility for maintaining this innovative project.  A community transformed!

Mercy in Action also received a grant for a small business fund. With this money we bought a fridge and other supplies to start an ice candy business. Some of our mums from the Source, our weekly support group, get together once a week and make batches of ice candy. They then sell it in their local communities and give half of the money to Mercy in Action to continue the business and the rest they get to take home to use to feed their families.

We have also linked our community programmes in the Philippines with our Action Creation initiative in our charity shops in the UK.  Several of the Source mums have been on jewellery making courses provided by Mercy in Action. They then make beautiful necklaces and bracelets, that are sent to England and sold in the charity shops. The women receive a fair wage for their work and all other profits are put back into our projects with street children. Over the last few years, some of the women have also started making bunting, that is sold in the charity shops. The women are paid a good wage and are able to work at home so they can continue to look after their children. The sewing machines they use have been donated and sent to the Philippines on annual containers.