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FMM Programs

Since the missionaries do not get paid for their work, they maintain the following programs solely through sporadic donations from individuals and organizations who share their mission.

Moral Formation

Bible studies conducted, the Word of God being reflected upon and applied in their lives. Leadership training is also given and practiced in the community. In each row of homes, eight leaders are elected by the residents yearly; namely, Kalusugan (Health), Kalinisan (Cleanliness), Kabuhayan (Economy), Kaalaman (Education), Kasayahan (Social), Tatag (Maintenance), Kaayusan (Order), and Liturgiya (Liturgy). Each leader conducts local meetings and leads group-initiated programs in his area. There is also an ongoing moral formation for the youth once a week.

Livelihood Program

  • FMM buys sidecars at about $60 and leases them daily. Sidecars expedite the garbage scavengers’ work.
  • Exposure to limited training in carpentry, masonry, painting; also in sewing or other home handicrafts.

 

 

Home Building Program

  • Present lean-to’s made of cardboard boxes and scrap iron, without windows or doors, indoor bathroom or water;
  • Objective is for all families to one day finally own their modest but decent homes;
  • Donors provide construction materials and expertise while volunteers and the homeowners-to-be provide the labor;
  • Houses are small, size of a two-car garage, but with two small bedrooms, a kitchen dining/living room, a bathroom, a small laundry area and a small landscaping in front of their house, and concrete, pebbled streets.
  • A house costs about $1,000 to build.

Feeding Program

  • All school age children are served one free nutritious meal during school days;
  • Helps keep the students healthy and alert; thus, avoid drop-outs, absences and nonparticipation in class activities
  • Mothers take turns in cooking and serving the children;

Free Quality Private Elementary Education

Stella Maris Alternative School

  • Gives the underserved children an all-free but good quality basic education (Grade 1-6)
  • Free tuition, books, uniforms and other school supplies;
  • Monthly donation of P50 ($1) from parents who can afford, to give them a sense of dignity and responsibility;
  • Parents help maintain physical condition of school and its surroundings;
  • Parents help in the preparation of the meals served free to all students;
  • Teachers also hold remedial classes in Reading, Language & Mathematics for students attending nearby public school;
  • Teachers are mostly from the graduates of the FMM Scholarship Program (see next program).
  • Annual school budget of about $30,000 which includes minimal monthly teachers’ salaries and benefits

Scholarship Program

  • Program has graduated one accountant, a computer engineer, a radio technician and five teachers.
  • Some of the teachers are employed at the school mentioned above for minimal salaries and benefits;
  • The accountant manages the books of the cooperative store and other finances of the community;
  • The computer engineer is called upon to help with computer services when necessary.

Consumer Membership Cooperative Store

  • FMM trained and helped the families to establish and run a consumer membership cooperative store;
  • Membership is voluntary and each share ranges from P500 to P1000 ($10 to $20);
  • Profits are pegged to a minimum for everybody’s benefit;
  • Every time a member buys more than P5 ($0.10) worth of goods from the store, the buyer gets a rebate, adding to their share;
  • Four members of the community are hired to manage the store seven days a week.

Free Healthcare

  • A medical doctor from the government provides free consultations once a week to the community
  • TB eradication program educating children and adults of the community;
  • Goal is to eradicate malnutrition and tuberculosis (TB) which is prevalent among Filipinos due to poor nutrition;
  • Volunteer doctors give clinic services occasionally.
  • Clinic is ill-equipped with the medical equipment, medicines, doctors and nurses to efficiently give even the basic healthcare services to a community of 300 families.
  • On October 2012, the FMM instituted a new program in Brookside, Bagong Silangan. It is called

    PAY FORWARD PROGRAM

    Under this new program, any resident in Brookside, Bagong Silangan, who can afford and wishes to, will adopt a scholar at the community school , the Stella Maris Alternative School (SMAS) . The resident donor will pledge and shoulder the student part of the child’s tuition so the student, although unable to pay, will either continue to receive quality elementary education in SMAS (Grades 1-6) or go on to public high school. (For lack of funds, SMAS does not offer high school.)