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.

5517 Nordyke St.

Los Angeles,  CA 90042

06.30.16

UPDATE FROM NEW EAST, INC.

1.    KINDERGARTEN  CLASSES  RE-OPENING

After the elementary school in Brookside, Bagong Silangan, has been closed the past two years, the Kindergarten classes definitely reopened on June 13th, 2016.

Eight five students enrolled in these Kindergarten classes which were divided into four small classes and are  held  in morning and afternoon sessions (two classes each session).  Two former teachers of the Stella Maris Alternative School (SMAS) who graduated from the Lumen Cristi Teacher’s Program of the college run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines,  were hired.

New East, Inc (NEI) started paying the salaries of the two teachers and bought all the textbooks to be used by the schoolchildren.  The parents’ counterpart support will pay for the rest of the incidental costs such as employee benefits, the required Philippine government’s fees, school maintenance and children’s school uniforms.  Should the parents’ registration and monthly fees will not be able to cover those expenses,  NEI will pay for whatever is necessary.

Some of the parents and friends voluntarily dedicated two to three days in renovating the two classrooms which will be used by the Kindergarten students.  NEI paid for the paint and wood used.  In a “bayanihan” style, the parents, leaders and friends of the  Kapatiran (KSJA-HOA), the association of the community,  helped each other in replacing the two badly damaged doors of the classrooms and in refurbishing the blackboards and classrooms to be used by the schoolchildren.  The two classrooms are now ready for use and they look as if no damage has been done by the flood incidences the past years.

2)    COMMUNITY LIBRARY TO BE REOPENED

Hopefully, the community/school library will soon be re-opened also.  It is being re-stacked with books, dictionaries, children’s books, and general interest books and magazines to be used by the community and the school which hopefully, will be re-opened in June 2017.  Major donations for student reference books will be coming from kind, former and present teachers and residents of Los Angeles, California.   We are looking for more donors to help in this endeavor.

Kindly help… email: galbelda@sbcglobal.net

3)   COMMUNITY BAKERY TRANSFERRED

The community bakery has been relocated from Cubao, Quezon city, to the second floor of the Brookside’s Multi-Purpose building.  It was blessed by the parish priest of Bagong Silangan and started operation in its new location.  Happily, business is doing briskly because the bread and pastries it is selling are welcomed by the community and the people outside the community.  The bakery will no longer pay a rental fee since the new place is owned by the community.  It is hoped then that the newly relocated bakery will profit more and will be able to pay some of the necessary operating expenses of the former SMAS elementary school of Brookside, BS, when the latter opens in June 2017.

4)  GRADUATION OF THIRD SEMINARIAN

Our third seminarian graduated from  BA in Philosophy last May 29, 2016.  He then  entered the seminary of his choice.  (The first two seminarians are presently happy in their seminaries after graduating also the previous years).  Please help by praying that these three seminarians whom you have supported in their first four years of college thru NEI will persevere in their vocation and eventually work at our Lord’s vineyard as ordained priests.

5)  LOGO  CONTEST

A contest in designing an appropriate  LOGO  for the Kapatirang San Jose Home Owners’ Association (KSJA-HOA) is being planned to be held sometime in August 2016.  The winning logo design shall be used in all letterheads and  signs, by the KSJA-HOA.  Contest will be opened to all  bonafide youths of the community.  A committee shall be formed by elected leaders of the community and a guideline for the contest shall be written.  NEI shall provide for the prizes to be awarded when contest is finished and the best logo design selected.

6)   COOPERATIVE CONSUMER MEMBERSHIP STORE

Registration of the community’s  Multi-purpose Cooperative.   The cooperative is currently seeking legal recognition.  The leaders of the KSJA-HOA and community’s membership consumer cooperative store have finally filed the required papers for its legalization.  An External Auditor of the Cooperative was also appointed.  It is hoped that more profits would be gained so the Cooperative will be able to pay the salaries of more than two teachers when the community school reopens in June 2017.

7)   GRADUATING PHARMACISTS

Two ladies will be graduating with a BS Pharmacy degree in October 2016.  We congratulate all graduates and their families and friends on this milestone of their lives !  Thanks and praise the Lord for this blessing!  If and when the two budding pharmacists take the Philippine Board Exams for Pharmacy and they obtain their licenses, it is planned to open a pharmacy owned by the community.  What a blessing indeed that would be:  the pharmacy would be in addition to a school, a functioning library, a cooperative, a bakery, a clinic, a multi-purpose building and a chapel,  all owned by the community of Brookside, Bagong Silangan!

8)   COMMUNITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

With help from friends, the Kapatiran has started working on the reopening of their elementary school previously ran by the FMMs.  Target date of re-opening is in June 2017 since all elementary schools in the Philippines start in June.  Some legalities have to be ironed out and funding to be prepared before then.

PLEASE  HELP  by being a MONTHLY ANGEL –   yourself and/or asking your relatives and friends to be a MONTHLY ANGEL,  a  FRIEND OF NEW EAST, INC (NEI).  Your donation will truly be helping our dear brothers and sisters in Brookside, Bagong Silangan, get on their feet.  We welcome automatic bank deposits or personal checks or cash in any amount,  monthly or yearly or once in a while, whenever.   For any questions, please feel free to write us at

galbelda@sbcglobal.net   or    send checks to  1300 Ave 64, Pasadena,  Ca 91105.

 

 

04.23.15

THE SISTERS I LEFT BEHIND

Fighting for the Sisters I Left Behind

The following item  from World Pulse in Yahoo news last May 15th, 2014  struck a chord in me.  It was entitled   PHILIPPINES: Fighting for the Sisters I Left Behind.  Here’s an excerpt from it:

“A former victim of human trafficking, today, Myrna Padilla is using her success in the IT industry to create an online network of support connecting women and girls who might otherwise fall through the cracks.  She said:  “I was born among the poorest of the poor in a small, undeveloped fishing village on an island in the Philippines in 1960. A former victim of human trafficking, today I own an IT business with a focus on mobile and social media technology. I also use technology for advocacy to empower millions of the most vulnerable women among us to join in the world’s fight against human trafficking and modern day human slavery………..”

Someone who comes from the poorest of the poor might end up in human trafficking if he or she does not possess job skills which can give him/her the human dignity to stand on her/his own.

Myrna’s  badly needed  EDUCATION gave her a powerful tool not to end up in such an inhumane condition.   This is exactly why the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) established the YOUTH Educational Program  as one of their FMM programs for the poor,  and New East, Inc.(NEI)  is supporting the youths  with their dream to acquire knowledges and skills  for decent jobs.  The sisters believe that education is a way to empower the young, especially the less fortunate, “not just giving fish (dole out) but teaching them to fish.”  The lack of opportunities leading to helplessness pushes them to give up their dreams and worse, not to dream at all.  But through the grace of God, the new generation of young people in Brookside, Bagong Silangan, as a fruit of the sisters’ endeavor in Stella Maris Alternative School (SMAS), has given birth to youths aspiring to become lawyers, medical technicians, teachers, accountants,  computer specialist,  business managers, etc.

With  your unfailing charity,  thru NEI, there are children who find themselves in classrooms and universities instead of in the streets falling prey to human trafficking…PLEASE,  don’t let our youth of today fall through the crack.  Let  us all help through EDUCATION, JOB SKILLS and EMPOWERMENT of these  youths ….let us not stop supporting them!

 

 

09.17.14

RECENT LETTERS FROM OUR SEMINARIAN – september 2014

September 10, 2014

Hello, Tita !  How are you po… I’m glad and was touched and inspired by your story.  Everyday, I’m thankful to God to have found such person like you.  You and your companions (directors and donors) in New East, Inc.  are really great help to my perseverance.  I always keep you all in my prayers.  Please do continue to pray for me.

Hopefully by March, I hope you could be here on my graduation day.

Pardon me, I forgot to explain to you the meaning of “dromologized”.  Dromologized comes from the word “Dromology”.  It comes from the Greek word “dromos”, a body of knowledge which main concern are the effects of speed to a certain race or culture.  Paul Virilio, a French philosopher,  was the first one who originated this term.  Perhaps, you can consult brother Wikipedia for more explanation?… hehehe…

Yes, this is my last year in college.  That’s why I’m doing well on my last year in my seminary…..for God!

Thank you very much Tita and your friends, for all the support and everything.  Please extend my heartfelt thanksgiving to your family, friends and the FMMs (Franciscan Missionaries of Mary) and everyone who are praying for my vocation.

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September 13, 2014

Sometimes, Tita, vocation is a mystery for all of us.  God called us with no age limit.  Like in my own story.  I felt i wanted to be a Priest someday when I started to be an altar boy since Grade 2.  I was amazed at our Parish Priest before saying mass.  At that moment, i realized that I want to be a Priest someday.  That’s when I reached 4th Year High School, I started to find seminaries and ask their Vision mission.  Fortunately a Franciscan Brother was assigned in our Parish here in Bagong Silangan.  So I asked him if he can help me to be a priest.  Then he gave me the contact number of the Franciscans.  Then…. that’s it….

God is really mysterious, but i know He is moving.  He moves me….

Tita, please pray for me.  I will propose my thesis to our Panelists this coming October 6th.  I hope they will approve my thesis proposal so that I can proceed to my Chapter two next semester.

Thank you and God bless !

 

 

 

09.12.14

LETTERS FROM OUR SEMINARIAN

April 1, 2014

Hello,  ma’am Guia, peace and all Good !  thank you for your unceasing support to my studies.  I would like to inform you on what is happening to me here in the seminary.

First, I was elected as a community president.  I am the elder of the community or so to say, the President of the seminarians.  At first, I thought  i cannot handle this kind of responsibility because this is a very challenging role in my part because this is my first time, but through the mercy of God,  I passed the challenges He gave me as an elder.  In fact, my rector appreciated my efforts so much as an elder of the community…. in one of our conversations, he told me that I should continue exerting effort for the seminary and for my brothers.

Second thing is, this past week, the Formators had their evaluations of the seminarians.  I am happy to tell you they approved of my letter of intention to continue in the seminary.  Next formation year, I will become a fourth year seminarian!  Yes, at last !  and part of transition period is what we call the “exposure”, a part of formation in the seminary which the seminarian will be sent to the provinces where they will “makikipamuhay” with the farmers, fishermen, etc….  Ma’am, today, I will go to Bicol Donsol, Sorsogon to “makipamuhay” there for a month.  They will let me live with a family who will become my foster parents for one month.  Pray for me Ma’am, that I may learn from their simple way of life.  And as I continue to journey in the religious life, may this exposure help me to understand our brothers and sisters who are in need of evangelization.

I will continue to update you, Ma’am, what is  happening with my journey inside the seminary.  In silence, I am always praying for your Good health and more blessings to come.  May God bless you and your loved ones !

Once again,  Thank you very much !

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September 6, 2014

Hello, Tita Guia !  How are you?  Like before, i would like to update you on what is happening in my journey as a seminarian.

First, i would like to thank you and your Friends in New East,Inc. for your unceasing support, most especially in my studies.  I always include you in my prayers, most especially your Family and friends.

I’m glad to inform you that i am now a 4th year seminarian.  I am writing my thesis now, the final requirement for graduation.  My thesis title is  “The Dromologized lifestyle of the call center agents; A philosophical analysis based on Paul Virilio’s Critique of speed as violence.  Basically, my thesis would like to expose the effects of technology most especially to call center agents.

I am also active in the glee club of our seminary and also am actively participating in the community activities.

Thank you po  and God bless.

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08.19.14

Fighting for the Sisters I Left Behind

 The following item  from World Pulse in Yahoo news last May 15th, 2014  struck a chord in me.  It was entitled   PHILIPPINES: Fighting for the Sisters I Left Behind.  Here’s an excerpt from it:

“A former victim of human trafficking, today, Myrna Padilla is using her success in the IT industry to create an online network of support connecting women and girls who might otherwise fall through the cracks.  She said:  “I was born among the poorest of the poor in a small, undeveloped fishing village on an island in the Philippines in 1960. A former victim of human trafficking, today I own an IT business with a focus on mobile and social media technology. I also use technology for advocacy to empower millions of the most vulnerable women among us to join in the world’s fight against human trafficking and modern day human slavery………..”

Someone who comes from the poorest of the poor might end up in human trafficking if he or she does not possess job skills which can give him/her the human dignity to stand on her/his own.

Myrna’s  badly needed  EDUCATION gave her a powerful tool not to end up in such an inhumane condition.   This is exactly why the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) established the YOUTH Educational Program  as one of their FMM programs for the poor,  and New East, Inc. (NEI)  is supporting the youths  with their dream to acquire knowledges and skills  for decent jobs.  The sisters believe that education is a way to empower the young, especially the less fortunate, “not just giving fish
(dole out) but teaching them to fish.”
  The lack of opportunities leading to helplessness pushes them to give up their dreams and worse, not to dream at all.  But through the grace of God, the new generation of young people in Brookside, Bagong Silangan, as a fruit of the sisters’ endeavor in Stella Maris Alternative School (SMAS), has given birth to youths aspiring to become lawyers, medical technicians, teachers, accountants,  computer specialist,  business managers, etc.

With  the unfailing charity of our dear benefactors,  thru NEI,  there are children who find themselves in classrooms and universities instead of in the streets falling prey to human trafficking

PLEASE, PLEASE,  don’t let our youth of today fall through the crack.  Let  us all help through EDUCATION, JOB SKILLS and EMPOWERMENT of these  youths ….let us not stop supporting them!  

Whether big or small,  all donations help….as far as we are concerned,  every penny, every dollar counts in the education of our youths !   GOD BLESS YOU ALL !

Ask me how you can donate easily, painlessly …………….galbelda@sbcglobal.net……

 

 

 

11.22.13

TYPHOON VICTIMS STILL NEED HELP ! SOS !

We are still at it ! New East,Inc. is still at it ! We’re not “ningas kugon”!

Still at it… The people, the victims of Haiyan or Yolanda typhoon still need help…

so, we’re still waiting for your checks payable to

New East,Inc.

1300 Ave 64

Pasadena, CA 91105

 

Please….HELP  !!!!

11.13.13

PLEASE HELP !!!

To our  relatives,  friends,  and  to-be-friends  !

We regret cancelling  the Christmas treat planned for  the community of Brookside, Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, Philippines, our usual beneficiaries.   Instead, we have diverted all current and  future funds of New East, Inc.  to buy emergency necessities for the calamity victims of the Visayan islands, especially Tacloban City, province of Leyte, Philippines.

 Through the kindness of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), we shall try to help our poor suffering  people who survived the calamities that  befell on them the past month; namely, the earthquake, followed by the severe, vicious typhoon/cyclone named  Haiyan or Yolanda  on Nov  8, 2013.

 All donations will be added to the funds that will buy FOOD, DRINKING WATER and BLANKETS  for the abovementioned  victims .

For those of you who have either donated or are planning to donate to New East, Inc. for this cause:  Thank  you very much for your gift of love, a sign of your faith in action, a fitting response to the Catholic Church’s  Year of our Faith. 

New East, Inc. is still in dire need of funds to buy those emergency necessities for our dear brothers and sisters in Christ who are hungry, homeless and hopeless right now in those affected Visayan islands.  All monies will be turned over to the FMM who untiringly and unceasingly take care of poor people.  Even though the FMM nuns do not have a convent in Leyte, still, they are there to help as much as they can.  They only need your financial assistance as they do not receive any remuneration or salaries for the work they do.  Like  Blessed Mother Teresa, they labor only for the love of Christ.

We, the directors and volunteers  of New East,Inc., thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Please send now your pledge, check or coins to:

New East, Inc. @ 1300 Ave. 64; Pasadena, CA 91105

Please feel free to contact us for any questions you may have at:
neweastinc@sbcglobal.net or galbelda@sbcglobal.net                                                               or 323 254 6728

 

 

11.12.13

PHILIPPINE CALAMITIES

PEACE  to all our donors and readers of this website !

In light of the tragic events that happened to theVisayan islands of the
Philippines,  i.e.,  the cyclone in August,  the 7.2 earthquake in October, and the terrible typhoon/cyclone on November 8th,  all current and future donations  to New East, Inc.  will be given to the  victims in terms of FOOD and DRINKING WATER  thru the kindness of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM).

So far, a donation of $4,000 has been received by the FMM, but this is just a drop in the bucket, so, much more help is needed for the victims.  Please send your pledge, check, coins, even pennies, to

New East,Inc. @1300 Ave. 64, Pasadena, Ca 91105.

As Mother Teresa said:  “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

So, PLEASE, PLEASE, donate now.   All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged promptly.  For any questions, please  holler or call (323) 254 6728.  If no one answers, we might be on another line….so, please  leave a phone number and a message and we’ll ring you up at once.

Also, please include all the victims and rescuers, helpers and donors, alike, in your prayers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.20.13

EARLY CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR THE CHILDREN

Christmas in October 2013

One of our faithful donors, the family of Ed Gomez of California,  gave an early Christmas treat to more than 300 children of the Stella Maris Alternative School (SMAS) and public schools of  Brookside, Bagong Silangan and its vicinities. The Gomez family had the Charlie Chicken of Cubao, Quezon City,  catered to the luncheon given at the premises of SMAS, Brookside.  The children of SMAS, teachers and Sr. Elvie, the FMM nun-in-charge, then gave a welcoming program for the benefit of the Gomez family in thanksgiving for the latter’s generosity.  Everyone had fun in this visit.   Deo Gracias!

(Photos of the occasion to follow)