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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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Helping people help themselves. Community based and effective.
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Meeting this afternoon organised by local community radio station - Bigfm, Bukidnon - and Mucaard-BISAP introducing local developed corn/maize seeds and using organic liquid foliar fertilizers at affordable prices for the farmers. Over 120 people attended. They're starting with 11 farmer demonstrators who are members of PuLPuG setting up small (1000sq m) demonstration plots in the villages to show what the harvest potentially can be. Farmers can then decide if they want to join for the main planting in April. There's a lot of interest!
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MuCAARD-UK3 weeks ago
Happy New Year to all our supporters.

You saw the photo of these two girls in our last newsletter - now happy and healthy thanks to the treatment made available by the GRACE/PulPug scheme. We continue to support this project and many more people have been able to access health care in time.
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MuCAARD-UK4 weeks ago
Happy Christmas to all and many thanks to all our supporters. This image Ronda me how everything we do affects the whole Earth and how beautiful it is. Lets keep on working to improve the environment and maintain peace where we can.
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MuCAARD-UK1 month ago
Yesterday I attended the BISAP-MuCAARD 2nd annual assembly of the GRACE/PuLPuG Federation. As a result of Romy's radio programme 'Perspectives', they welcomed 6 new community groups as members making a total of 25 covering over 700 families. Discussions were had about levels of reimbursement of receipts as the original maximum of Pesos 10,000 per hospitalisation has had to be reduced to P5000 as the Federation monthly membership fees/group aren't sufficient to cover the need. Better everyone gets a partial refund than they run out of money and some get nothing. Better still if everyone pays their dues on time! The level of poverty means that it is hard to increase the monthly membership as, inevitably, the poorest will drop out as they can't afford it. The most important thing is to get patients to the public hospital asap to avail of the government PhilHealth programme.
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MuCAARD-UK2 months ago
Romy is on air every Friday and Saturday ...not Thursday! Apologies. Filipino time