VHICF has focused for many years on community projects among indigenous tribes such as the Aetas community of Apayao. In partnership with the local government, it has provided various training regarding agricultural development, healthcare, family planning and environmental issues such as waste management and the preservation of the forest.
The foundation seeks to help the indigenous communities to enhance their economic and healthcare situation while at the same time being sensitive to their culture, believes and practices. Commonly, the Aeta communities feel neglected, looked down upon, and often not receiving equal opportunities in education and community development. VHICF is committed to lift up such indigenous communities by enhancing their educational and economic skills. Assistance in the production of native handicrafts for example is one such project.
Furthermore, VHICF, in partnership with the local government, established the “Indigenous Elementary and Adult Educational Learning Center” directly within the vicinity of the tribe. This center, through the funding, organization and supervision of the foundation, seeks to provide particularly education to children and adults alike, assisting in the government’s effort of “Education for All.” Lastly, Vision Help seeks to improve their deteriorating health situation by conducting quarterly free medical missions, providing professional medical care as well as the necessary medications. It also aims to empower them through seminars on daily hygiene and family care.
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