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.

| December 17th, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized |

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