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Welcome to the MuCAARD-UK website.  Please look around and find out more about who we are and what we do.

MuCAARD-UK supports community based development organisations in developing countries to improve the lives of disadvantaged groups; enabling them to grow hope, gain confidence and strengthen their capabilities through non-violent action.

Registered Charity No. 1119065

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About us

MuCAARD has shown that impoverished people are resilient and resourceful, and with support, can work their way out of poverty and conflict. MuCAARD-UK is committed to supporting them in any way that they can with the limited, but generous gifts we receive. However to maintain this impact we need new avenues of support, either for one off projects or for more regular funding.

MuCAARD is a unique organisation, jointly set up by Muslims and Christians to work together for peace and development on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

The key to the work of MuCAARD is peace and sustainability.  Our aim is the  building of sustainable communities by increasing skills and capacity and by encouraging self help.

MuCAARD-UK is a Registered Charity  established in 2007 to raise money to support the work of MuCAARD in the Philippines.

MuCAARD Mindanao has been in existence since 1984.   It is a government registered NGO*.  It has a fine track record in co-coordinating projects carried out by its partner Member Teams:-

  • BISAP – Bukidnon Integrated Services Assistance Program Inc. situated in Damulog, Bukidnon.
  • CoSEED – Community Services for Education and Economic Development Inc. in Vincenzo  Sagun,  Zamboanga del Sur
  • POM – Panginam O Masa Inc. situated in Balindong, Lanao del Sur
  • RIAP – Ranao Integrated Assistance Programme Inc. in Marawi City but serving Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte

The areas of work for MuCAARD Mindanao are:

  • Peace Building between communities which have been divided through their cultural traditions and mutual suspicions and to bring harmony where discord has previously developed into conflict.
  • Sustainable Livelihoods enabling rural communities to implement projects to protect conserve and rehabilitate the environment together with providing economic growth.
  • Environmental Protection with projects such as the Kahoy Project and mangrove reforestation, which not only provides environmental protection for the local area in countering soil erosion and land degradation but also contributes to the global fight against Climate Change.
  • Good Governance and NGO-GO cooperation to encourage genuine partnership between community and local government,which is also a key to peace building
  • Disaster Risk Management – to reduce the toll of disasters through community participation in pre disaster risk reduction planning and strategies, emergency response and post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction.

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*Official address: 11th-15th Streets, Nazareth Subdivision, Cagayan de Oro City Misamis Oriental, Philippines.

Current Projects

Here is a list of our current projects, for further details please see Linda’s Blog and the update pages.

GRACE: Grassroots Response Against Catastrophic Expenditure, AKA PuLPuG – BISAP

Supporting local communities to set up self-help groups to insure against costs associated with accessing medical help.

Some examples of how people travel to town and hopsital:

Land Redemption Programme – BISAP and CoSEED

Redeeming land which has been mortgaged (prenda), often to cover health and education costs, to allow them to take back the fruits of their land.

Marawi Crisis Response – RIAP and POM

Working with displaced communities following the siege of Marawi in May 2017.

Latest Updates

Sometime ago, the farmers only produced corn and upland rice.  Today, they already tap the rubber trees that were planted through the “Plant Now, Pay Later” rubber production program in 2008. (“We no longer teach our children how to dismantle and assemble guns.  Instead, we teach them how to tap rubber trees”, one leader said.) Coconut and other permanent crops (coffee and cacao) are on the bearing stage. Those engaged in banana production have been enjoying the good harvest. Backyard poultry and livestock are prominent. These are the dividends of peace.

Once, the people relied on animals of burden (carabao and horses) in bringing their products to the town.  Now, the people transport their products using motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles.  (Ustadz Anwar Montawal calls: “We used to start our journey to Damulog centro at dawn and arrive home at seven in the evening.  Now, we can go to the town at any given time because of the road that the local government built. Today, many of us own a motorcycle.  Ustadz Thong Ibrahem (another leader) owns two Suzuki multi-cabs, he contined.) 


CRISTENE AND ALTHEA ARE MY TREASURES!

Cristene and Althea are Gretchen Siva’s treasures.  She is a young mother who would do everything to keep her girls safe and healthy at all times.  With that in mind, she believes that the self-help concept of PuLPuG is relevant to her family’s need as preparation in times of sickness.

“It is heart-warming to be able to help others.  I never wish for my loved ones to get sick.  My P20.00 per month contribution is a small amount.  What inspires me is the spirit of cooperative endeavour in the community.”

Cristene and Althea were admitted to the hospital on November 23, 2017, due to fever convulsions.   Cristene contracted UTI, while Althea had pneumonia. 

“We received financial support from our local group without delay. My worries lessened knowing that I can quickly bring my two girls to the hospital.  The Federation also reimbursed all the medicines that we bought outside the hospital.  We are grateful for what this project has done to my family and to our community.”


Rheana, Gretchen:  ‘Please Don’t Forget What They Did for You.’

Life is tough for Romeo and Gina Ybañez. They have two children; they are also taking care of their three nieces. Romeo is a farmer but he doesn’t own a farm. He is a share-tenant of two landowners.

I am thankful for our Pastor because it was through him that we heard of an organization called PuLPuG. With eagerness we joined the organization.  Php 20 per month per household is not a heavy burden.

We will have a good harvest if take care of our maize farm. This is my perception of the program.  Even if we do not benefit from the money we contribute, it will be a joy to know that our monthly contribution can help a neighbour in need.

We do not want to get sick, but when my daughter Rheana and my niece, Gretchen, had pneumonia at the same time, we were able to bring the two sick girls to Kibawe Provincial Hospital because our group paid for the transport and provided food for the watchers.  The Federation also paid Php 2,210 worth of medicines which were not available in the hospital pharmacy.

Without PuLPuG we would have been in a complete loss where to find the money.  We are very grateful that we bonded together to help each other in times of need.  We will continue to do this and pray that more families will join the organization. 


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MuCAARD-UK supports community based development organisations in developing countries to improve the lives of disadvantaged groups; enabling them to grow hope, gain confidence and strengthen their capabilities through non-violent action.
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MuCAARD-UK1 week ago
Romy is on air every Friday and Saturday ...not Thursday! Apologies. Filipino time
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MuCAARD-UK1 week ago
For those who are Cebuano speakers you can listen to Romy Tiongco on BigFMRadio Bukidnon on the internet. His Perspectives are every Thursday and Friday (except this week!) from 6am to 7.30am. He's at a conference this week so a colleague will be talking instead. Happy listening!
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MuCAARD-UK1 week ago
DAMULOG has a new local radio station where Romy has 2 x90 minute slots called Perspectives. He's been promoting BISAP-MUCAARD access to a health project GRACE/PuLPuGand explaining rationale for their work as well as their Road to Peace. As a result four more community health groups have been formed and the volunteer staff are busy meeting with them and guiding them in setting them up.
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MuCAARD-UK3 weeks ago
Linda McClintock Tiongco and Romy. Lovely at hear about your amazing lives in Damulog and of your work there. What amazing people you are.
It was so good to see all the photos of Damulog and the other places Michael and David visited when they were with you.
Thank you from all who were there this afternoon. God bless you.
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MuCAARD-UK added 2 new photos.1 month ago
BISAP are using their new computer following a grant from MuCAARD-UK - an essential tool nowadays and a great relief for staff who were using their own laptops. I hope that it really helps them to deliver their projects and wish them the best for the future.
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MuCAARD-UK1 month ago
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