Tribes and Natures Defenders Inc. is a Tribal-Led Non-Government Organisation based in the Philippines. Datu is their Founding Chairman and Tribal Leader. They have partnered with international Donors and funders such as Australian Aid, Onaway Trust, First Peoples World Wide and Franciscan Italy since 2007.
"As of now we are suffering of hunger due to the covid 19. We are now in total lock down for almost 5 months. Tribal members are always looking for foods in the forest but in these 5 months the foods have all gone. We are now planting crops but we need to wait until 4 months. Our kids and elders are dying.. we need Emergency Relief Goods Support to save the tribes in forest."
Priorities: health care and food security
Any projects to protect the remaining sacred forest and the Tribes will be appreciated. Our tribal led nonprofit organization would be happy if we become partners on the ground in protecting the remaining sacred forest, wildlife and culture.
Please get in touch with Datu, if you are able to share your connections, expertise (e.g. on crowd-funding) and/or funding with his organisation.
Contact details: Ancientculture@yahoo.com.ph
Vision: We envision a community where indigenous peoples around the world regardless of gender, beliefs, cultures and status, live a healthy and peaceful life, working together to pursue democratic and participatory management of our economic, political, cultural well being and responsibility of nurturing our environmental resources to contribute to both local and national efforts towards sustainable peace and economic development.
Mission: Empower the children, women and men of the Indigenous Peoples Communities of Philippines through tribal education, healthcare, environmental protection and sustainable community development that changes lives ; rehabilitate and protect the environment; promote their rights to self determination, intercultural appreciation and respect; ensure the self governance, and ownership of the Indigenous peoples Ancestral Domain lands; respect their culture and tradition; ensure equal treatment of the community and participation on the involvement of men and women in implementing sustainable integrated area development and ensure equal access to and control of its corresponding resources and activities.