July 25th, 2010
Mindanao AHAN Learning Center Construction Begins
Plans have been in the works for awhile to build a new AHAN Learning Center in Mindanao, and this July, the project began in earnest. This construction has been organized into nine stages, and my students are helping to build the new AHAN Learning Center from the ground up. This fall, Homma Kancho is planning to visit the site in person to check the progress of the construction. It is hoped that the building might be finished sometime early next year. This project is being supported by Homma Kancho personally and AHAN Nippon Kan Headquarters in Denver.
For a combination of reasons, social, economical and political, the Bajai as a people of Mindanao, struggle desperately to survive. It is hardest for the poorest of people to be caught up in the middle of a political, social and economic crisis, a crisis that robs a people of the simplest human dignity and respect.
Mindanao AHAN provides hot meals for the Bajai people on a regular basis and what we have found that good food is not the only benefit of this service. By providing for the Bajai people, we are also teaching our young people in Mindanao AHAN to open their minds and their hearts to the plights of others.
A Peaceful Martial Art for Young People
The Pilipino people are a happy people by nature, happy and filled with grace and an appreciation for nature. The big open moves of Aikido I think reinforce well what is in our genes. There are many young people at my dojo. The future of the Philippines lies in the power of these youths, both as a nation and as a people. Day by day, we seek to nurture that nature through our practice of Aikido on and off the mat.
Mindanao AHAN Coordinator