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The Wings of Change Foundation Partners with ANCOP for the strategic CLP on August 6, 13, 20, 2016August 8, 2016, Monday
CFC Zambales is blessed through the ANCOP partnership with The Wings of Change Foundation for the strategic CLP on Aug. 6, 13, 20, 2016 (Every Sat only) 1-6pm@ Sampaguita St., Purok 5 New Cabalan. With God's grace , we initially expect around 13 couples and 9 HOLD participants. We request for your time, talent or treasure. Kindly say a prayer for our mission. Pls. txt Bro. Roger 09989580253 for details. To God be the GLORY Galatians 6:9.
Wings of Change Expanded CommunityJuly 25, 2016, Monday
2015 we expanded into the communities of Olongapo and reached our efforts to the remote areas of Palawan. We are moving into Pampanga then Baguio. We will be looking for volunteers and working with corporations to spread the mission of Wings Of Change to help more people and strengthen the Philippine family.
Thank you to all our many wonderful sponsors and supporters, many names not listed. 100% of all the donations were given to the families to help lessen their stuggles. Nothing wasted, everything given.
- Aviation Concepts Employees
- Ninth design website developers
- Peterson Family
- Joel Barnecut -Military
- Norman Tuzon
- U.S military
- Brookes Family
- Junko Yagyu
- Hofland Family
- Sweeney Family
- Bieke Lieckens
- Tracy Belizaire & Pascal Balin
- Drew Family
- Bertelsmann family
- Doris Lee-Taiwan
- Sabloak family
- Habeck family
- Josephine Chua & Family
- Alpha Reyes-Guam
- Beaver family-Guam
- Catholic social service-Guam
- Gina Prohhorov
- Residents at Anvaya Cove
- Couples for Christ
Lynn Habecks journey into the world of Micro FinanceJune 6, 2016, Monday
Lynn Habeck is an inspirational woman with a background in real estate and this story her journey that led to opening her own charity, Wings of Change, in the Philippines. Lynn lives with her husband, Terry, who is both a pilot and aviation specialist. Lynn met Terry when he was running his own charter business in California and in 2000 they moved to Guam to set up a jet charter business supporting Terry's Japanese customers. Approximately six years ago, the Habeck's moved to Subic Bay, a Freeport in the Philippines, to expand their aviation business throughout Asia.
Lynn and Terry Habeck are not new to the plight of disadvantaged people and have been supporting a children's education charity in the Philippines for almost a decade, starting the process in Guam as sponsors. They consider themselves multinationals and feel at home wherever they live.
From this experience and after seeing children and families placed in shelters due to the effects of poverty, Lynn thought that more could be done when families were provided with direct, face-to-face support. Her idea was to approach families with a process and educational tools to help them move out of their poverty cycle through personal support and hands-on training. This desire drove Lynn towards developing her charity, Wings Of Change, and creating microfinance loans.
Lynn's project manager is Jojo Rivera, a local Filipino, who has worked with her in various capacities over the past ten years. They originally met and worked together in Guam. The combination of Jojo's local Filipino knowledge and cultural familiarity combined with Lynn's strong business background and desire to empower the disadvantaged are perfect ingredients for creating change. Lynn has been able to create a model of authenticity because of its grass roots nature, working at the street level with, and for, the disadvantaged.
Lynn has learned a lot in the past five years, particularly in relation to the everyday challenges that affect disadvantaged locals living in poverty stricken communities. Lynn explained to me that studying global poverty has given her the tools to understand different programs and their likely outcomes. Early in the piece, Lynn sent Jojo out into the community of Olongapo for a few days to see where the charity could be of service.
This photo depicts the reality of life for disadvantaged Filipinos that struggle to live in dire circumstances, often with poor education, lack of food and few resources.
Children are kept in cages at night and this is one of the images that say a lot more than words can.
Jojo's investigation discovered that three shelters were in need of building repairs, beds and other requirements like medication and supplies. The children would always speak about their families and the poverty they experienced with great sadness.
Example of beds supplied by Wings of Change Charity – Mayor and Lynn Habeck –
The ongoing pursuit to reduce poverty.
Jojo was relocated to Pampanga so that Wings of Change was living among the community with a better understanding of the locals needs. Lynn describes Jojo as a very talented Filipino who helps advise her on many matters because he understands what projects would be most suitable to each local family. He always explains their strengths to Lynn and then proposes a business opportunity that he feels would work for them.
Lynn told me that when the business match is made they prepare a contract for the microloan recipients to sign. One suitable business model that does well involves families being set up with food carts, for example, and they are strategically placed near Internet cafes or schools. According to Lynn, food is always a good business for locals due to the population and the lack of suitable outlets that create opportunity. Typically, a food cart business loan would be 10,000 pesos, approximately $280- AUD with 3% interest that is all contributed back into the charity account for future families or to expand that business.
Due to the size of the community, each microloan plays only a small part in changing the lives of the local people and many more projects are needed. Lynn trusts that microloans will be paid back in full but other considerations impact the success of the loans such as medical issues, training requirements, emotional support and watching the business process evolve. Another consideration for food carts include weather, which determines what food sells well and what does not.
Lynn and I discussed what poverty has taught her and overwhelmingly she answers with great gratitude and a sense of joy. "This experience of long term investment by giving both time and finance has been well repaid". She described the local Filipinos as loving people that are appreciative of her charity consistently being there for them. Lynn said that she, "felt blessed to serve the community, and that changing lives really creates purpose".
I feel connected to Lynn in the sense that I recognize who she is. I have always dreamt about doing more and have a gnawing sense of neglect towards greater humanity. My first-hand experience and exposure to poverty was when my partner, now husband, Allan and I spent five-and-a-half-years circumnavigating the world together on a forty-foot yacht. It was life-changing. After seeing the sufferings of poverty from Yemen, Africa's Cape Vered Islands, the San Blas Islands entering Panama right through to Eritrea and Sri Lanka and at least another twenty-five similarly disadvantaged countries, I knew life would never look the same.
When I look back on the many small contributions Allan and I made in that time, such as offloading pencils, pens and paper to children not going to school through to tinned food, rice and basic medicine, it was a band aid reaction and all that we could do at the time. The most inspiring and life changing experience for me was that poverty stricken strangers would often open their mud huts, plastic-lined, ram shackled, tin abodes to us when they had virtually nothing to offer but open hearts. We would find ourselves sitting down in a hut with no floor or beds while we ate over an open fire. The meal offerings usually included suspicious, dirty water that we both eyed to ensure that it was going to boil and mostly the meal contents were unknown to us. The prize offering was usually a small piece of goat and, luckily, Allan would always accept with enthusiasm. What I learned was that access to cleaner water was the whole family focus because it was the predominant life force and allowed the possibility of adequate food.
Lynn and Jojo, through Wings of Change, practice what they preach by planting seeds that have a chance of growing into flourishing project trees. Lynn believes that earning community trust and staying away from the handout or welfare mentality is essential to empowering families and installing long-term business skills. Lynn said that she believes each person should strive to be the best they can be and that poverty can be overcome with hard work and dedication.
If any readers are keen to be part of a legitimate charity that helps so many families improve their lives, then this is your chance. Lynn and Terry have used their own finances and also wisely use money from other people. They respect sponsors hard earned money and safeguard their interests. Lynn believes a charity should reflect both honesty and integrity and she teaches that same attitude to her families.
The charity is currently expanding the food cart business model because the process is working.
Lynn recently gave Jojo a 50,000 peso microloan, approximately $1400 AUD to set up a restaurant and to earn money himself. Just like the families that benefit from the charity, he is required to pay back the loan and he will hire mothers that are completing government cooking classes, hire fathers to do deliveries, offer catering and pay students to clean the restaurant. Lynn said that she is always looking to work with others and expand so that Wings of Change can provide jobs and create lasting results through microfinance business options. I would like to microfinance myself, so I will keep you posted.
Writer – Editor
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