THIS SUNDAY .. presentation on humanitarian project in Culion, Philippines
Hannah Ineson, from Damariscotta, will present information about her humanitarian aid project in Culion, Philippines at St. Margaret’s Church, Belfast, on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 9:15 AM, between the two morning services. Culion is the site of what was formerly the largest leper colony in the world, with a peak residency of more than 5000 individuals of all ages.
Currently, although leprosy (medically termed Hansen’s Disease) is treatable and not contagious, the island suffers from isolation, and the residual effects of the stigma attached to the disease. Approximately 22,000 people live on the many islands in the Culion district, including descendants and relatives of former inmates, and tribal peoples who have inhabited the islands for generations. Poverty and malnutrition are constant problems, as well as the frequency of typhoons (hurricanes) that ravage the South China Sea. Weather is a barrier to communication to the outside world, and to access to resources.
The Philippines Project is a Maine non-profit that provides educational assistance to over 100 students who could not otherwise attend school, and also supplies medical and food aid whenever possible. The project coordinates aid through the Dr. Theresa Kohen Foundation, a certified Philippines non-profit. The presentation will feature many photos of project coordinators and beneficiaries through the past decade of service, and provide insight into the life challenges faced by this remote population.
Hannah Ineson is the wife of the Rev. John Ineson, who has officiated many times at St. Margaret’s.