Morpeth Lions Club
For more than ten years Morpeth Lions Club has been supporting a school in the Philippines.
The involvement with a school in the Philippines came about through the work of Jenny Wallum, the wife of Morpeth Lion Peter, who has worked in many different countries.
The two of them live a major part of each year in the Philippines.
The basis behind the Lions’ support for the school goes back to 1991.
In June of that year the second largest volcanic terrestrial eruption of the 20th century took place on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.
The Philippine government evacuated some 25,000 people from the volcano, Mount Pinatubo.
The eruption destroyed homes, livelihood and a way of life to thousands of the Aeta tribe in Luzon.
The land they once farmed and hunted was covered in larva and ash. Many of the tribe were unable to support themselves and ended up on the streets of Manila and other urban areas.
Almost immediately after the eruption Jenny Wallum founded a Special Projects organisation, which later became Entrepreneur Volunteer Assistance (EVA).
EVA was formed to help the Aetas build a new foundation for their communities.
At first it organised livelihood projects as mental health activities for displaced persons living in the devastated areas.
Later, it began to offer equipment, loans, training and educational scholarships.
In 2000 a project began to conserve traditional ethnic origins in schools.
The charity is run entirely by volunteers, with no paid staff.
Jenny’s special favourite is the funding and construction of the Traditional Origins Ethnic Education Schools. It is with these projects which Jenny has sought the assistance of Morpeth Lions.
The Morpeth Kinaragan Aeta School was funded with the help of Morpeth schoolchildren organised by the Lions Club.
It was opened in June 2001 and was the first of three Morpeth named schools in the province of Bataan.
As with all schools, there is a continual need for equipment and books.
When Lion Peter Wallum returned to Morpeth this summer he detailed the pupils’ achievements and requested Morpeth Lions help the school again so as to continue the good work.
The Lions were only too happy to do this and presented Peter with a cheque for £200 for the Kinaragan Aeta School.
Morpeth Lions Club is a member of Lions International. It will help where it is needed and we it is able by providing financial assistance and manpower where necessary.
The club also has self-funded social activities.