The DUMBO based Brooklyn Art Project has teamed up with the Rotary Club of San Juan to bring food and supplies to the semi-nomadic Dumagat mountain tribe of the Phillipines, who live in an area which has been affected by illegal logging and environmentally damaging practices.
The hunter-gatherer tribe lives in a village in the remote mountain provinces near the Mount Purro Nature Reserve where they cultivate gardens, gather rattan and collect coconuts, earning a subsitence living that leaves them open to economic exploitation. Camp Explore, a local family run nature camp that employs many members of the tribe is helping to find sustainable alternatives to provide economic stability and help to build infrastructure to ensure the future survival of the indigineous people.
The group shared poems and music with members of the collective during their stay. The BAP provided them with shoes, buckets, canned goods, crackers, clothing and umbrellas for the monsoon season. BAP member Anthony Cospito says the organization plans to host more social outreach programs in the future with the aim of bringing the social responsibility aspect to social media.
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