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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-UK shared BISAP-Mucaard, Inc's post.1 week ago
Great to have visits from donors to the projects.
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MuCAARD-UK3 weeks ago
Our heartfelt thanks to St Laurence's for their support. MuCAARD-UK have sent the final tranche of money to BISAP for GRACE.
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MuCAARD-UK4 weeks ago
CoSEED have a project to help people who have had to mortgage their land or crops through the "prenda" system. People who are forced into poverty because of catastrophic expenditure such as illness or a sudden death are often also forced to borrow through this unfair system. It means that once money is borrowed, the lender will only accept repayment in one lump sum, and in the meantime takes all the crops from the mortgaged crops or land. This forces people further into poverty with no realistic chance of repayment. Help us lend on fairer terms and offer an alternative to exploitation.
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MuCAARD-UK1 month ago
Again not in Marawi but I took photos of an exhibition where a local church funded the rebuilding of a primary school in Mindoro. Very interesting architectural and technical drawings, use of local materials, photos and information about making things typhoon proof.
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MuCAARD-UK2 months ago
We were able to provide cash assistance to 40 families in Marawi to help them at the end of Ramadan, a particularly difficult period for those displaced and with no permanent home or settled way to make a living. This assistance reached a total of 176 people. It was only a little and we wish we could have done more. The Marawi Task Force (Task Force Bangon Marawi) have set their next deadline for 2021. This means that the families displaced by the violence have no hope of rebuilding their homes for at least three years. There may not be space left for families to rebuild, depending on the development plans. People are being pushed into desperate poverty with very limited opportunities to help themselves. If you would like to donate to help alleviate this poverty and develop livlihood schemes please use the Learn More button on this page. This will take you to the website where you can donate.
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MuCAARD-UK2 months ago
Some lovely family photos also from the open day.