Save our environment through active participation of local people
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|This location overlooks a deep valley. It was the place of an old settlement 750 years ago, of which nothing is now left because the houses were made of wood. However, dozens of megalithic tombs are found here, slowly eroding and sinking into the ground. Masarang has purchased this important piece of land so that these historic stones can be moved to a place where they can be preserved and tourists can view them. Traditional rituals are also being performed during their move from sacred ground.|
The projectMasarang helps to strengthen many extraordinary and sustainable aspects of the original culture of the local people and to promote social cohesion. Thus support is provided for the long-standing custom that people who marry plant trees which will be used to build a home for their children. Local dance groups that perform traditional harvest and war dances also receive support. There is a contest for youth to determine who can speak the traditional language best and who knows the most about the local culture and region. Sports, music and local handicrafts such as weaving also receive support.
Masarang has also cooperated on the construction of an amphitheater. This is a place where local people gather for social and cultural events and where the local farmers' cooperative meets. The location of this theater is a place of historical importance for the local community. Centuries-old graves are located in the area which are being ceremonially moved to a more central location in fields and can be visited by tourists
Furthermore, local orphanages are provided with traditional musical instruments on which the children can perform, sponsoring is provided for biology teachers and school equipment is donated.
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- An amphitheater with a capacity of 5,000 has been built, where local people gather for social and cultural events and where the local farmers' cooperative meets
- At least ten new youth groups who perform traditional dance have been formed
- 30 megalithic structures have been preserved
- Three sets of Kolintang (musical instruments) have been safeguarded
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Future plans and needsWe would like to form more groups and donate more traditional musical instruments. The groups also need traditional costumes, which cost about 600 euros for a group of 25 young people. A set of traditional instruments costs 500 euros.
Jef trains the groups, organizes competitions and is the general motivator for art and culture.
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