Call for help - Philippines community project

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Mar 23 2007 11:05
Call for help - Philippines community project

AS-A-WHOLE Collective Info-shop
pls click http://www.3monkeyz.net/asawhole/index.htm
#386 Makiling Street, Bangkal
Davao City,
Mindanao, Philippines

Dear world!!!

Greetings! We are the AS-A-WHOLE Art Collective, a group of free-lance artists, writers and anarchist bonded together and voluntarily working for the advancement of the community. For the past several months, our collective have been active for organizing educational and recreational events such as concert, conventions, poetry reading and art shows, art and writing workshops, film viewing, mass feeding, forums and intellectual discussions concerning peace and the environment.

In this regard, we are establishing a ‘free art center’ here in Central Park, Bangkal which could cater more youth and most specially, our fellow ‘less fortunate children’ living in a disregarded community with less chance of enhancing their skills and talents. Aside from this, we would like to make actions because we are concern about the growing numbers of children exposed in ‘gangsterism and violence’ which promote a culture of passive and aggressive attitude towards the society. We believe that this kind of influence will be prevented by helping the parents educating their children at an early age. Especially the children in the mountains and rural area

As of now the current status of our info shop is in great gloom. We are suffering financial problems due to some unexpected circumstances. The rent, bills and other projects is in an alarming status. Our info shop is now without electricity and the worst part is we are about to be evicted in a month.

The people who had helped us start this project is also currently undergoing financial problems of their own. We had tried every fundraising project to sustain our needs independently but all this turned out as a failure. It seems that people inside our small community ant help us. Until a friend of ours suggested that there are also some kind hearted comrades all over the world that would help us, the problem is who..

In line with this, we would like to ask your good office for any donations such as school and office supplies (ball pens, pencils, paint brush, books, notebooks, bond papers, crayons, water color, paints and other art equipments), toys (except guns and other aggressive toys), children’s bag, clothing and if possible, financial support to cover our expenses for our educational workshops.

We are hoping for your positive response on this matter and together, let’s help our poor children who could not afford to go to a information center to develop their knowledge and skills. And also to us who are willing to dedicate our lives to maintain everything that we had started. Whatever help you could extend to us would be greatly appreciated.

We cant change the world overnight, but at least lets die trying..

Love/rage/passion

Thank you

ALTER PICAR PETER BAUTISTA VINCENT ACTO

CHRISTINE GESTOSANI GERALD ALEGA

AS A WHOLE! FAMILY COLLECTIVE

our monthly bill is 10,00 pesos a month in dollars its 200
we dont have an account number or credit card its way expensive here to avail.. but i guess western union is the only way for us to be able to pick up donations the adress is: Mary Anne Christine Gil Gestosani
386 lower makiling street. bangkal
matina,davao city philippines

pls even the smallest donation is very big for us

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Mar 27 2007 09:59
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hi,

my name is christine gestosani from the info-shop of as a whole

collective of mindanao davao philippines...we are 5 pipol on our

info-shop that we also consider it as our home ....it is fund by pack

form uk...last year.the infoshop projects are mostly focus on

environmental and also a center for free education for children living

on the mountains rural areas and depressed areas...we also climbed from

time to time to give education for those that are way impossible to get

down in the city...the projects are established and going well..this

year we have 1 victorios campaigne such as banning the aerial spraying

here from the big banana plantations protecting the affected area where

there are people living and also our water sheds and river the total

banned happend just a week ago sign by the city govt..of davao...hihihi

anyways there
so many talks of me..its just we are very very happy about it,..and we

can still feel the product of what we fought for...anyways we are email

brigading every info-shop in the world as of our funder.or the one who

fund us is on travel and hard to find maybe they have a problem and we

understand we are still very thankful of them..but we just didnt

anticipate for this to happened the budget that we have left has gone

thru all our projects...but right now we are fund raising and

soliciting and asking help from everybody since we cant afford to pay

the another annual rent...we now only have 1 months to stay and we are

independent individuals we cannot afford to pay the whole year for

it.pls we are asking help even little donations to every one to help

save davao info-shop and also for the children that are schooling

here..... hoping for your very kind consideration
pls pls...do help us.. even if we are very tiny collective but we share

thesame goals.pls hear us..loosing our info-shop is like loosing our

hopes ..

love

rage

please click http://www.3monkeyz.net/asawhole/index.htm

That was posted as a new thread by same person. Dont double post

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Apr 3 2007 11:21

They are obviously desperate for help so I think you can excuse the double posting,

What can be done? Is it mainly money that is needed or the school materials mentioned on the website.

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Apr 3 2007 11:43

as of now we need money first even small donation to pay the rent.to be able to continue the projects and to be able to save the place our monthly bill is 200 in dollars pls click here to see us.....http://www.3monkeyz.net/asawhole/index.htm

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Apr 3 2007 15:19

Assuming some of us may be able to help here is some information ...

From what I can see to send US$200 which is around 10000 Philippines pesos (noter website says 10,00 but this must be an error?), you could pay online through http://www.westernunion.com with a credit card or mastercard.
Alternative method is to phone 0800 833 833 or go to a Western Union branch.

Amount to send in pounds £ 110.00
Money transfer fee* £ 21.00 (THIS IS THE ESTIMATED ONLINE FEE)
Total estimated amount £ 131.00
Estimated exchange rate 1 United Kingdom Pound = 92.74 Philippine Peso
Estimated local currency pay out = 10201.83 PH Pesos
(From US you can pay in either pesos or US$ and if you paid $200 the fee would be $27)

You also need (at least):
First Name: Last Name:
City: Davao City
Country: Philippines

Can you confirm exactly which name to use, Christine, or should it be
AS A WHOLE "Alternative Culture, Art Resource Centre"
which you mentioned here:
http://www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20070322143050593
?

Mike Harman
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Apr 3 2007 18:21

paypal is cheaper if they've got it set up.

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Apr 4 2007 10:31

Don't think they can do paypal as it needs a compatible card or account - not so easy in developing countries. I chose a bad amount above so the fee came out relatively expensive at 16% of total. Fee for £100 is £14 (12%), Fee for £200 is still £21 (9.5%). So best thing is to pool donations, if any.

christine_asawhole
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Apr 5 2007 03:22

we claim it with i.d it should be name you could use mary anne christine getosani
...im very sorry we rilly couldnt afford to avail an account no. to be able to have paypal
pls help us save our library its the only place where we could gather have meetings,school project for the kids
where we can cook feedings,where people could read and etc..every move we have is in this place pls support us we have come to this crisis but we are still hoping to over come all this dillemas..

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Apr 5 2007 10:34

I have personally agreed to send some money to Christine by Western Union today or tomorrow (the WU UK website is currently down). This will cover the month at least. If anyone else wants to help out, just send cheque to AF London address, or donate using our paypal button- all details including 'Make a Donation' button can be found via: http://www.afed.org.uk/contact.html
If you use our paypal (and also if you are going to send a cheque), send a PM to knightrose as well telling us the amount donated. PM me also.

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Apr 7 2007 10:05

hey there ! notice I have moved the site so the new address to the as a whole collective is : http://asawhole.3monkeyz.net/

Peace

madhatterz
www.3monkeyz.net

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Apr 7 2007 11:12

I have to say it sounds like the anarchist version of a 419 letter, and a bit of a parody at that.

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Apr 7 2007 12:38
guydebordisdead wrote:
Are you aware that your name sounds like "asshole collective"?.

pesky foreigners shouls be more anglo/amercian centric when choosing names in future eh

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Apr 7 2007 13:47

If you are worried about legitimacy, I have independent contact with an AF myspace 'friend' who uses the centre. I understand this centre is a big house. There's a cross-over with Ananda Marga in the membership of the collective (which seems to be quite prevalent amongst Phillipines activism) which is clear from the infoshop link I posted earlier, but (if you need a but) the infoshop is described as 'anarchist' and the centre as a whole is independent. Examples of use of the centre include free school, FoodNotBombs cooking, meetings, art centre and library. Basically if you support social centres you can reasonably support this call for solidarity.

I have already sent enough cash to more than cover a month's rent and so prevent immediate eviction and the rest will be enough for them to pay off utility bills, and also to allow them to open an account that is compatible with paypal so it will be easier for others to support the centre in the future. They are trying to raise enough for the annual rent, which is what the landlord is really asking for so any more donations will be welcome. Someone else is sending some school supplies but they can have up to 25 children in the free school so much more can be sent. Christine says anarchist books and magazines are very welcome - English is fine. Most stuff they have is in English.

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Apr 7 2007 15:46
oisleep wrote:
pesky foreigners shouls be more anglo/amercian centric when choosing names in future eh

if they useEnglish then they probably should smile

thanks for the info little brother

christine_asawhole
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Apr 8 2007 06:20

i would like to thank all the members of nottingham anarchist federation especially mike for giving us hope and to stay in the info shop for a month..this whole month is already covered and its rill a relieved for us knowing that there will be still a possibilities to save the infoshop.yes it does sound rilly funny i just realize that our collective does sound "asshole" but its "as a whole" means togetherness&oneness.....

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Apr 8 2007 06:25

and also i would also like to thank andre from madhatterz for making us the site http://asawhole.3monkeyz.net/ he is the one updating it.since we arent rilly capable of doing it as of now but we are rilly trying our best we arent very good in computers that much..im very sorry..

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Apr 27 2007 07:21

DEAR WORLD!!! Good day! The AS A WHOLE COLLECTIVE would like to thank everybody who helped us with our problems. We had overcome our past problems regarding our info-shop, but now the most feared thing had happened to us. Our landlord wont allow us to extend our stay even if we pay because the place she said is for renovation cause she is selling it and we all know that buying the place is a shot in the moon. Yeah i know, we are really having too much bad luck but its really just the way it is. Majority of the people who live in the Philippines are having problems of shelter let alone an INFO-SHOP! But we had started this project and we've decided to do this till shit. So now again we are fund raising for us to move to another place.Please help us in any ways possible.

We still have to find another place in order to continue our info-shop/free art center. We need a new place which could cater more youth and most specially, our fellow ‘less fortunate children' living in a disregarded community with less chance of enhancing their skills and talents. Aside from this, we would like to make actions because we are concern about the growing numbers of children exposed in ‘gangster ism and drug violence' which promote a culture of passive and aggressive attitude towards the society children in the streets here are starting to sniff drugs at the everage age of 4 to 16 years old.. We believe that this kind of influence will be prevented by helping the parents educating their children at an early age. Especially the children in the mountains and rural area and street childrens that is way impossible for them to go to schools.

In line with this, we would like to ask your good office for any donations such as school and office supplies (ball pens, pencils, paint brush, books, notebooks, bond papers, crayons, water color, paints and other art equipments), toys (except guns and other aggressive toys), children's bag, clothing and if possible, financial support to cover our expenses for our educational workshops. We are hoping for your positive response on this matter and together, let's help our poor children who could not afford to go to an information center to develop their knowledge and skills. And also to us who are willing to dedicate our lives to maintain everything that we had started. Whatever help you could extend to us would be greatly appreciated. We cant change the world overnight, but at least lets die trying..

And before ending the letter we would like to take this time to thank everybody who had been so solid in helping us from the beginning and until now. To all who helped us start this project,To all who believed in us, to all who took time to answer our letters, to those who help us make things that we have no idea. To those who said that we are a scam, thanks for letting us realize we are not that big of an asshole anyway, to those who touched our lives in someway or another,let it be modern technology or presence.
Thank you so much, you know who you are!

christine_asawhole