Benevolence to the poverty-stricken tribal people groups of Mindanao has been a foundational principle of MCN from our very beginning! The estimated annual income for a tribal family in Mindanao is less than $500.00. That amount is barely enough for survival (food and shelter). There is very little left over for things like education, health care, and reserves in the event of a natural disaster or medical emergency.
To address these needs, MCN developed a department called REMEMBER THE POOR (RTP). The goal and purpose of RTP is to aid tribal communities and individuals is areas such as:
RTP conducts medical clinics in which volunteer doctors and nurses to go to a tribal village to render first aid and primary medical treatment. RTP also gives aid in times of disease outbreaks and one-time emergency grants in times of individual medical emergencies. Plans are underway to provide for a mobile medical clinic, which would be able to reach into these remote villages with professional medical assistance such as immunizations, wellness classes, midwifery, and basic first aid.
Drinking water in tribal villages most often comes from open surface water sources which are easily polluted. Outbreaks of diarrhea, amoeba, liver fluke, typhoid, and other water borne diseases are common occurrences in tribal areas and many of die, especially children, each year from these diseases. Sourcing clean water is a very important need for these communities however the cost of installing and maintaining sanitary water systems render such impossible.
RTP believes individual water purification in each tribal house is the most effective and cost efficient means to achieve this. RTP wants to supply each tribal house with a Sawyer Water Filter. The Sawyer Company markets these units at more than $70 each, however, makes them available to MCN for $50 each if placed in impoverished tribal households.