Anakbayan Montreal is a comprehensive national democratic, mass movement of Filipino youth which raises social awareness and advocates for the betterment of the Filipino community in Canada and the Philippines.
The Philippine government is gearing towards privatizing healthcare, which will cause millions of people to lose access to their basic healthcare needs. This is expected to severely hurt vulnerable populations, such as the farmers of the Negros Island, in the Philippines who would not be able to afford to pay for their medical needs.
We are fundraising for medical support to Council for Health and Development (CHD) and Negros Island Health Integrated Program (NIHIP). CHD and NIHIP aim to lay down the foundations of an alternative health care system at the community level. These grassroots organizations provide medical services and basic medical trainings to urban poor and rural communities. Youth from all over the world volunteer in hopes to leave behind a lasting impact.
One of our members, Sheryl Anne, will be doing an internship in the Negros Island with CHD and NIHIP in late November 2017. She is a recent Graduate from the University of Toronto and previously worked at the Munk School of Global Affairs. She is also our Kuya & Ate Mentorship Program co-coordinator. She will be assisting local healthcare professionals in providing medical assistance and training to the local population. Moreover, she will undergo educational discussions, trainings, and immersion to the day to day life of different sectors, particularly with farmworkers, fisher folk and urban poor communities.