11.17.19

New East, Inc (NEI) Update November 17, 2019

To our dear Donors and supporters of New East, Inc:
Peace and blessings !
For fifteen years since 2004, you have supported us ungrudgingly and continuously. We can’t tell you how grateful for this we have been and will be for as long as we live. So do our recipients of your help, the people of Brookside, Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, Philippines.
We are happy that those years of your support have borne fruits helping the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary’s (FMM) dedicated sisters’ work on their programs such as:
Moral formation; Livelihood program; Homebuilding project; Feeding program; Free Quality Private elementary Education; Scholarship program; Consumer Membership Cooperative Store; Free Healthcare and Pay it Forward program. (Ref: www.neweastinc.com)
It is with much pleasure to let you know that most, if not all, of the above programs have been quite successful, thanks to your financial help and prayers over the years. Most noteworthy have been Moral Formation, homebuilding, feeding, scholarship program and the cooperative.
Both youths’ and adults’ programs in moral formation have been continuously manifested in the community since they were transferred to Brookside. Homebuilding program continues over the years that most of the 300 families now own their individual homes, including the official or legal house titles to them (isn’t that just wonderful?) And this means that most of the 300 families now have stable jobs to sustain their households’ necessities.
Sadly, for lack of financing and necessary administration, the Free quality Private elementary Education was afforded to the community only ten years, from 2004 to 2014. At present, only the prep-school is continuing with two teachers. However, most of the graduates of the 10 years’ elementary school went on to high school and to college.
My heart is overwhelmed to let you know that the Scholarship Program was very successful! At present, there are more than 30 college graduates from the community of Brookside, bagong Silangan, who have been supported by you and other donors such as Ateneo de Manila, etc. Our youths have graduated with titles of BS Education, BS Pharmacy, BS Accountancy, BS Medical Technology, BS in Entrepreneurship or Hotel/Restaurant Management, BS Criminology, AB History, AB Management and Human Resources, AB Philosophy, and other degrees from various well known colleges and universities in Manila and Quezon City, Philippines.
With this Scholarship Program also, there was a number of successful candidates who passed their specific Philippine Government Board examinations such as pharmacists, medical technologist, teachers, etc. Let’s thank and praise God for these youths’ morality and perseverance.
When we honored these young graduates of Brookside last September with a feast, we charged them to “PAY IT FORWARD” and we got their promise to do so, being the honorable and wonderful youths that they are ! They promised to help their families and community.
Another success which I am proud to announce: through the leadership training given the leaders, the community ably established a community association which they legalized later on. They named this the “Kapatiran San Jose Home Owners’ Association”. The community leaders are elected every two years. They had the association formally and legally recognized by the Philippine government; hence, able to obtain help from the officials of the Quezon City when necessary. The government helped improve the community drainage which was mostly causing the flooding of the entire community during heavy storms and typhoons. The government also provided the community with a covered basketball court for free.
The community operated Cooperative was also legalized. The store is managed by the present president of the Association and manned by two paid helpers.

Please continue helping New East, Inc.!

Our new Address is:

NEW EAST, INC.

13219 Helmer Dr

Whittier, CA 90602-3326

 

 

11.12.19

THANK YOU, DEAR DONORS OF NEWEAST,INC.

03.5.19

BROOKSIDE LEADER’S RETREAT

The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) congregation announced that it might close some of their missions in the Philippines. Hence, last two months, they gave Brookside, Bagong Silangan a series of meetings which discussed what is likely to happen in the community. The FMMs then planned a retreat for its leaders and New East, Inc. happily sponsored the successful two-day retreat. Let’s pray the leaders of the community will carry on the good work of the FMMs.

Retreat 1    Retreat 2    Retreat 3

Retreat 4    Retreat 5     Retreat 6

Brookside Youth Servants of Christ. Bagong Silangan Quezon City    Oso Photos - December 31, 2013 - 051     Oso Photos - December 31, 2013 - 050

Oso Photos - December 31, 2013 - 049    Oso Photos - December 31, 2013 - 054

02.12.19

Contact Us

We welcome ideas, comments, letters, questions directed to :
neweastinc@sbcglobal.net

We shall answer your questions as soon as we possibly can.
WON’T YOU BECOME A MONTHLY ANGEL? HOW? Ask your bank to send us a monthly check payable to New East,Inc. (address below) on a specified date each month(your choice). The amount is what you can afford and wish to send monthly. It maybe $5 or $10 or $25 or $50. It’s all up to you. All donations are tax deductible and shall be acknowledged upon receipt.
Please make tax-deductible donations payable to:

New East, Inc.
1808 Edgewood Dr.
Alhambra, CA 91803

We accept even coins if you but write us and we will come to collect if within 15 miles of above address. There is another way of doing this though if you wish.
We thank you in advance and God bless you!

12.17.18

UPDATE 12 17 18

TO OUR PRESENT, PAST DONORS and DONORS-TO-BE !

Indeed, God is truly merciful! Here’s an update of our project, the object of your charity, in Brookside, Bagong Silangan. This website was reopened thru the kindness of a kind (young and handsome as well) man…!
Thank you, Anthony Hilario! In my books, you’re an IT genius!

The following info are about the progress and the impending loss of Brookside, Bagong Silangan, the object of your charity
Anyway, I want you to know that since 1997,

1. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. More than 40 youths in Brookside have graduated from college and are now helping their elders…. isn’t that wonderful? You and other donors of New East,Inc. (NEI) made this possible through the years!

Some of the graduates of the now closed elementary school of Brookside have successfully graduated from college this year! five of those graduates were honored by the community last June. Below, please read the letter of thanks sent by one of them:
On Monday, June 18, 2018…… Louie Jay Junio wrote:

Dear New East, Inc. :

I am writing this on behalf of all the people you’ve helped.

We may not know each other personally but still you choose to help us. We may not be related by consanguinity but still you treat us like one.

Thank you for believing in our dreams; thank you for making that dream come true and thank you for helping us to keep dreaming. Maybe words can’t describe my gratitude or words aren’t enough to express how I feel. You manage to make an impact at a distance. You have moved our hearts and we appreciate how blessed we are to have the opportunity to go to school. Although education should be a right of every individual it is now becoming a privilege to those who have the means.

That’s why I pray to God to grant you more strength and longer life because you are creating a mark as you walk on our lives. We are your living Legacy and we promise to Pay it forward.

In your and other donors’ behalf, I acknowledged receipt of Louie Jay’s above letter right after receiving it.

2. LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS. Although there were some setbacks, the community has legalized their association called “Kapatiran San Jose Home Owners’ Association” and their Cooperative Store under it. Happily, with a little guidance from my younger sister, they are now running the community businesses (including helping their Bakery) all by themselves.

3. COOPERATIVE STORE: Recently, they added a “Lending Unit” to the Cooperative and for the first few months in its operation, they found that it is very helpful to the people because now, the people can borrow at a much lower interest than other lenders so, they don’t go to the usurers anymore. At the same time, the lending unit is being able to help the Cooperative with its losses. The Board of Trustees of the community Association are trying to find ways and means also in increasing the membership of the Cooperative to offset its losses.

4. BAYANIHAN or GROUP SPIRIT. With positive traits of leadership the elected leaders and the cooperating elderlies in the community expanded their community chapel to accommodate the increasing attendance of people in their Sunday (Saturday) mass. They did not even ask funds from us but did everything by “Bayanihan”. This Filipino practice of a group with common goal makes some positive group action quite possible without any financial source outside of themselves. Their regular Saturday mass (in lieu of Sunday) is being attended to by their neighboring barangays also.

5. STELLA MARIS ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL (SMAS). Sad to report, there are some setbacks in the community like the elementary grades school SMAS hasn’t been reopened yet since closing it in 2014. It operated from 2004 thru 2014. After Sr. Cora Pacheco’s death, after ten years of successful operation, it closed due to lack of funding and some requirement by the Philippine government. We’re still trying to find a way to reopen it though and we will update you with the progress if and when successful.

I am happy to let you know though that 2 classes of Kindergarten are continuing – you, among other donors make this possible., i.e., with teachers’ salaries and benefits, free feeding of the children and maintenance costs… although I wish I can have more “automatic” regular monthly donations para sana hindi ako masyadong naghahagilap ng pang-support every month..

6. SAD NEWS . The Franciscan missionaries of Mary (FMMs) are planning on pulling out their sisters from most of their mission centers in the Philippines, among which is Brookside, BS. Reason is because wala nang pumapasok na gustong mag-madre and most of the sisters now in the Philippines, are beyond 70 years old … there are only very few who are below 50 years old.

I am hoping, hoping, we can get regular monthly donors to keep our charity work in Brookside alive at least for a few more years…. then we can move on to some other entities which are also in dire need of help (I receive a few requests for help). Please help us help those who are in need !!!

As you know, Monthly and periodic Donors can mail their checks to:

New East, Inc.
1808 Edgewood Dr.
Alhambra, CA 91803

I still do the accounting and donors receive their usual tax break letters from New East, Inc. before April 15th for each year they donated.

Please keep us in your prayers….. the Almighty One is extremely helpful to people who ask Him !!!

Meanwhile, the FMMs are still offering their thanksgiving masses and special prayers for all of our donors and their families each last Saturday of the month. These include you, all donors, and your families.

12.17.18

UPDATE 12 17 18

12.17.18

Mother Teresa

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving. –Mother Teresa

12.17.18

We can all give !

“…..No matter what you have, or don’t have, we can all give. The good news is that generosity is not a luxury sport.

Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, when he said, “Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.” He didn’t say, “You have to be smart to serve.” Or “you have to be famous to serve.” Or “You have to be rich to serve.” No, he said, “Everybody can be great, because “everybody” can serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don’t need to know the second law of thermodynamics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Excerpt from a speech by Nipun Mehta at a graduation speech in May 2013.

12.15.18

New address for New East,Inc.

To our dear donors and friends of New East,Inc.:

Peace and blessings to one and all !

Our new address is :
1808 Edgewood Dr.
Alhambra, CA 91803

09.13.17

UPDATE AUGUST 25, 2017

Inspired by  Psalm 116:12  “How shall i make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me?”, New East, Inc. (NEI) was formed by us and was given a license to operate as a nonprofit corporation in California. (Ref:www.neweastinc.com)

As the years went by, because of your generosity, the 57  homeless garbage-sorter families that were transferred in 1997  by  Sr. Cora Pacheco, Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), from old Manila to Brookside, Bagong Silangan (BS), have seen much progress.  By  2017, the 57 family-community has grown to 300 families. They now have individual modest homes they can call their own (size of a 2-car garage) built by them and Gawad Kalinga. They are  paying for their individual lots little by little.  Happily, some are now in possession of the titles to their homes and this gives dignity to the poor people therein.

The FMM has established and are running the following programs for the benefit of about 1,500people living in the community of Brookside, Bagong Silangan(BS):

Moral formation

Leadership Training

Livelihood Program

Quality Catholic Private Elementary Education

Scholarship

Pay Forward Program

The FMM also made sure that  aside from the families’  individual homes, the following  community-owned buildings or spaces were provided in the layout of the community as built by Gawad Kalinga:

1.  Multi-purpose Building where they hold meetings such as General   Assembly, livelihood meetings,  parents-teachers meetings, etc.

2.  Chapel

3.  School

4.  Clinic

5.  Cooperative Membership Consumer Store

6.  Missionary house

7.  Basketball court or activity center in the middle of the community

8.  Bakery

9.  Library

 COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Because of leadership training, the community learned to act as a group and they worked to legalize the Association they formed for the community of Brookside, BS.  They now have what they call “Kapatiran San Jose Home Owners’ Association”.  According to their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU),  they hold general elections once every two years and special elections when necessary.   When the community needs help such as solving the floods that happen from time to time in Brookside, the association has the leverage when dealing or getting help from their barangay  and the City government.

CONSUMER, MEMBERSHIP, COOPERATIVE  STORE:

The Association also worked for the legalization of their Cooperative Store.  They now run the cooperative by themselves. Like Costco, the profits of the cooperative are pegged to a minimum;  members obtain rebates whenever they buy from their store.  As of now, thru the help of an outside auditor,  the sales have been mechanized, and the cooperative is being progressively successful.  It gives a few of the community members livelihood by being paid in taking care of the store, etc.  Lately, they began two new programs: (1)”Load na Dito” program where the community may buy cell phone usage cards and the   (2) program of  lending cash at a very low interest solely to the community residents.  Now, the people in the community don’t have to borrow from usurers at very high interests.

BAKERY

With the guidance of one of the two FMM nuns in charge of  Brookside,  there is a bakery operating in Brookside.   The bakery provided another source for employment and profits for the Association. The personnel that run the bakery belong to the community and are paid for their work.

 LIBRARY 

After more than two years that the community library was closed because all the books were damaged by the typhoon and floods, it opened this year through the help of charitable book donors from California. The library books which are mostly new are of excellent choices for children, youths and adults.

Sadly, the library’s roofing has rotten and needs replacement or repair.  However, as of now,  New East, Inc. (NEI) couldn’t afford the replacement/repair expenses.  Hence, the library has to be temporarily moved to a smaller, older room at the Multi-Purpose Building since it is at present the “rainy season” in the Philippines.  It would be nice if New East, Inc. (NEI) could raise the money for replacement/repair of the library roof soon.  Alas, we need to raise about $4,000 for it.

It is being planned by NEI to pay for the daily delivery of a local newspaper for the benefit of the community, especially the adult members.

If the Association will agree to share the library to people outside of Brookside community, it shall be done so.

NEI pays for the monthly stipend of a semi-librarian who is among the youths of the community.

SCHOLARSHIP

NEI continues to pay for the enrollment of youths wanting to further their education beyond high school.  Over the years,  NEI has graduated among others,  five teachers, one accountant, a radio mechanic, a computer programmer and a few Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) course.

Some youths who have finished this two-year course in HRM are abroad and are sending financial help to their elders in Brookside.  All the teachers are gainfully employed. All graduates are financially helping their elders.

One of the five teachers has taken Master’s degree and is now teaching in college! (Isn’t that just wonderful?!)  The other teachers have gone to public schools where the pay is higher than ours.  They are, however,  still helping in religious, educational and civic activities of the old and young people of the community without remuneration.

As of this writing, three community teachers/leaders are being sent to Graduate studies in Education.  Although these teachers don’t teach anymore in Brookside starting last semester as they have been hired by the Philippine public school system, they still help in the progress/work of the community Association. For the benefit of the youths and the community as well, they initiate activities that are religious/social/civic in nature, such as the  Flores de Mayo,  Sunday masses or anticipated Saturday holy masses, “Nutrition Month”,  “Buwan ng Wika” (National Language Month)  and other  school activities.  Lately, they established the Prayer Brigade for World Peace.

NEI sent three seminarians to be priests… they have all attained their four-year Bachelor of Philosophy degree at NEI’s expense .  Two are continuing  their seminary studies/work at their individual seminaries, one of whom may soon be ordained in a year or two.  One student, however, is presently on vacation for a year, without certainty of going back to his chosen seminary.

NEI will also pay a CPA review course to be taken by a youth of the community.

The five teachers whom NEI sent to college taught in the elementary school, Stella Maris Alternative School of Brookside, for about ten years.  Sadly, this school has closed down three years ago due to a Philippine government legal requirement  and lack of the necessary funding!!!!  NEI has to find a way to reinstitute these primary grade classes in Brookside!!!  (Please help support  financially  and pray for this intention)

Supported by the Ateneo de Manila University, two resident youths have graduated from Pharmacy course.  Once the graduates pass the Philippine government pharmacy board examinations,  a generic pharmacy might be established on site.

PRAYER BRIGADE FOR WORLD PEACE

When the war in Mindanao broke out, Brookside started a prayer brigade for world peace.  The community association and the former teachers of Brookside joined hands in forming groups composed of  adults and youths  who will pray at the chapel on their scheduled time .  Each of the eight streets’ residents in Brookside opted to hold their schedule of meeting and praying at the chapel to pray for world peace.

Hopefully, this will be a continuing practice by the community.

SUNDAY HOLY MASS (Saturday -Anticipated Mass)

The leaders of the community have arranged with the parish church of Bagong Silangan to have a priest say the Holy mass every Saturday in their chapel for the sake of the community members and other people in the outlying barangays.  The mass attendees and NEI give the stipend for the priest.

 LEADERSHIP TRAINING & BAYANIHAN

Some of the leaders and volunteers from the community worked on the expansion of the roof  of the community chapel when they noticed there were many additional attendees at the Holy mass being held every Sunday or Saturday. Without the expansion,  the mass attendees will get wet since it is the rainy season in the Phil.  The expansion of the roofing was done voluntarily and at the workers’ expense !  This is a Filipino trait or practice called “Bayanihan“, helping each other for a common cause without pay or remuneration.

Before the opening of the school last year, leaders and some youths also practiced “Bayanihan”  by cleaning, painting and repairing (minor) the classrooms to be used by the Kindergarten/nursery classes.

SIBOL or  KINDERGARTEN CLASSES

Since two years ago and continuing presently, the leaders of the community,  thru the help of NEI, operates a kindergarten/nursery school they call SIBOL.  This school-year, it has 69 students and it is funded by NEI and partially by the parents of the community.  The teacher/s are chosen by the community association with the expressed approval of the FMM sister-in-charge of the community and NEI.  The qualified teacher/s are from the community as well.

FEEDING the  SCHOOL CHILDREN

NEI helps fund the “Feeding the school children” program of Brookside.  The parents are asked to contribute a minimal amount for their children.  Volunteer parents do the preparation and cooking of the nutritious lunch provided to the school children.  Maintenance of  the  schoolrooms are also by volunteer-by-parent basis. (“Bayanihan” at its best!)

PAY  IT FORWARD

Community members who are financially able, help fund a student’s expenses, whether kindergarten, elementary, or high school.  Mostly, people who are grateful for having been helped in the past  pledge  and do so.  Thus, the program bears the name “Pay it Forward”.

 DRAINAGE/FLOODS   PROBLEM

The cause of much flooding in Brookside is very poor drainage system.  Recently, the Association or Kapatiran requested help from their Barangay Chairman solve the problem of their drainage system.

Last week, the Barangay started helping.  Here again,  the people of Brookside can be seen practicing the Filipino trait called “Bayanihan”.  Some of  the laborers helping in the project are some volunteering adults of the community.   The City Mayor sent an engineer to supervise the work.

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In behalf of  the people of Brookside, we thank you for your continuous moral and financial support thru New East, Inc.  Please continue to do so as the community still needs your help. If you are not yet our donor,  please contact me (email: galbelda@sbcglobal.net ) or send your check to: 

New East, Inc.

1808 Edgewood Dr

Alhambra, CA 91803