For our first mission, we have our eyes set on the island of Mindoro, Philippines. It is south of the island of Luzon where Manila is located. Getting there could prove to be a long trek as we would have to take a ferry from the city of Batangas. The journey by ferry could take up to two hours before we arrive in the town of Abra De Ilog.
Mindoro is full of jungle vegetation with high mountains that span down its spine. Agriculture is a way of life here and as you drive down its main road, you’ll see many farms off in the distance. Farmers lay corn and rice on the streets to help dry their crops out before they are bagged and exported off the island on the sam ferry we come in on.
The Black 6 Project will visit three towns to provide aid for. Abra De Ilog to the north, Mamubrao, to the south, and Paluan to the west. We plan to make Mamburao the base of our operations. We have already contacted the mayors of each town and all are helping us by providing housing, transport and food for our volunteers.
We are working with the local governments to conduct a health needs assessment. From here we can find exactly the impoverished residents of this island really need. Currently, we know general vaccinations and prenatal care are of a concern. There is a large ethnic group of natives called the “Mangyan” that live remotely and could use modern medicine to reduce common illnesses.
In August, we hope to perform a reconnaissance mission if funding will allow it. Here we can assess, locations to set up clinic, make face to face contact with local leaders, and what resources do we have to import or get in country.
We are excited about this mission even though we know it’s no easy feat. If anyone is able to offer any of their help, please contact us, or help us with donations. Thank you.