My Kalabaw Friend
Written By Tessa Winkelmann
This book is about a little girl in the Philippines, and how her carabao friend plays an important role in her community.
All the proceeds from this book will be used to enrich the livelihoods of several communities in the philippines, namely the Indigenous Aeta community in Barangay Sapang Bato, Pampanga, and the Madapdap Therapy Center in Madapdap, Pampanga, Philippines.
In the Aeta community in Sampang Bato, there is a need for carabao, both to till the hard mountain soil, as well as to carry produce which they sell, up and down the mountain. This community has been pushed into the foothills of mt. pinatubo due to land encroachment from the US military, and tourist "development" projects, among other things.
The Madapdap Therapy Center in Madapdap, Pampanga, provies free physical therapy and limited health care to the community. The need for this center is due to the fact that much of the community have suffered prolonged exposure to toxic waste dumped by the US military, which has resulted in high rates of infant mortality and children born with cerebral palsy. The center also provides livelihood programs for the families in the community.
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