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Farming: Fruit Trees, Vegetables, Rabbits, Goats, Ornamental Plants; Tutoring/Teaching: Preschool, Elementary, High School, Math, Science: Language: English; Visual Arts: Drawing; Other Arts & Crafts, General, Woodworking; Music & Dance; Acoustic Guitar
History & Mission:
SAPAK was founded by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel V. Non, S.J. during the upheavals preceding Philippine Martial Law in the early 70’s. Its mission is the development of youth by providing them with a positive Christian alternative in terms of personal outlook and goals.
The SAPAK philosophy is the “development of a disciplined, responsible, self-reliant, and therefore truly free and independent Filipino with positive attitudes of social responsibility, self-reliant economic endeavor, service-oriented politics, and stable spiritual moorings through the intelligent, genuine, and sane revolution that is education.”
In 1972 the SAPAK Experimental Farm & Community Development Center was started on 6 hectares of donated land in Compostella, Cebu (25 km north of Cebu City). The SAPAK Farm now includes a rehabilitation center, a farm laboratory, a school (nursery, kindergarten & grades 1 to 4th year high school), and a community development center.
SAPAK is a pioneering effort at integrated human development for boys and girls ages 7 to 21 – who have been rendered needy, even helpless by reasons of poverty, neglect or incompetence.
The children at SAPAK Farm, which is still under the supervision of Fr. Non, are provided with the basic needs of life – food, shelter, protection, acceptance, love and care. From experience, stop-gap remedial measures of gathering the street children, out-of-school youth, juvenile delinquents, and youthful imprisoned offenders and simply giving them talks, seminars & retreats – does not reverse the bad inclinations & habits picked up from the asphalt jungles or broken homes. The loving and caring SAPAK Farm is recognized by the Department of Education.
The boys & girls also get on-the-spot training in practical farming. On a 2-hectare communal farm they raise food for the SAPAK community. Three hectares are divided into equal-sized plots for each boy to cultivate. Poultry & goat raising are also important parts of the training program.
SAPAK provides the boys & girls with a closely-knit group resembling family life and stressing the values of brotherhood and love, freedom and trust, industry and esprit de corps. SAPAK currently has 77 children (69 boys & 8 girls) living and studying FREE at the Farm.
They range from grade 1 to 4th year of high school.
In addition SAPAK operates a pre-school for outside children — with 122 in the nursery & kindergarten. These pre-schoolers are charged a very nominal tuition, compared to local alternatives, and get very high quality teaching & care.
Management & Staff:
In addition to Fr. Non as Director, SAPAK has 8 teachers, 1 farm manager, 2 drivers, 2 drivers, 1 laborer, and 1 property manager. All of the teachers are essentially volunteers. They live and work at the Farm – thus fostering a close bond between teachers & the boys & girls. More like that between a mother & her children. Most have been there for many years. A SAPAK stipend helps to defray their out-of-pocket expenses.
Board of Trustees:
Dr. Cesar Estalilla
Mr. Juan Engtion Yu
Mr. Oscar Canton
Mr. Juan Mercado
Dr. Juan Maderazo
Mr. Albert Chiongbian
Digging & construction of 2 new wells – for bathing, drinking & agriculture
Purchase of Mosquito nets for all kids
Donation of 1,134 workbooks for school
Donation of about 75 library books
Monthly “Brunch” – to give the kids & staff a variety in their diet & a monthly surprise meal
Planned for the Future
Rehabilitation of the main dormitory building
Replacement of the dining room/building screens
Drawing & portraits
Teachers – for grades 1 through 4th year high school. All subjects, but especially math, science, English, farming (crops, trees, animals)
Seminar lecturers – on interesting additional subjects – such as environment, nature, etc. Your lectures can provide welcome food for thought for our boys’ & girls’ inquisitive minds. They can last 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the topic.
Handtools — especially for farming (mattocks/pickaxes, hoes, shovels/spades,forks, hand-forks, handsaws, hammers, pliers)
Seeds – especially corn, mongo, eggplant, ampalaya
FOOD – especially corn grits, rice, sardines, mongo, dried fish, noodles, eggs
Personal hygiene products – toothpaste, laundry & bath soap
Clothing – T-shirts, sandals/slippers, shorts
Books – for nursery to high school
Farm animals for breeding & food production — chickens, goats, pigs, cows, carabao, rabbits
Bedding – sleeping mats, towels, washcloths
School supplies – paper, pencils, pens, art supplies
Construction materials for rehabbing the main dormitory – cement, screening, galvanized roofing
Desks, reading lamps, or wood to build desks
Water storage tanks for wells
Fish pond stock
All donations are gratefully accepted. Just contact Fr. Non. These funds can be ear-marked for general needs or specific projects.
Why not leave a family or personal legacy? A monthly funding pledge is also a generous gesture.
Name: Fr. Emmanuel Non, S.J.
Address: SAPAK Farm, 6003 Compostela, Cebu
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Landline telephone #:
Farm - 32-425-8117
Office in downtown Cebu City – 412-1518