Organization - Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Inc.

Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Inc.
Basic Information
English Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Inc.
Local language
Country Philippines
Category NGO Religious Institution
Domain Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Function Research
Education and Training
Revitalization
Established year The institution was formerly called the Maryknoll Sisters Center for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation in 1999 and it became the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Inc. in August 15, 2013.
Objectives

The Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary promotes a holistic understanding of the Earth. This is gleaned through scientific data, ancient traditions, and indigenous cultures and guided by the world’s religious and modern spiritualties’ that reconnect all of creation with the Eternal Spirit.

The Sanctuary envisions a mutually enriching Earth-human relationship that will enable future generations to care for a beautiful and thriving planet capable of supporting life with justice and peace for all.

As a Green Museum it aims to encourage people to become aware of the Earth’s limited resources and be conscious of how human actions affect its capacity to sustain life.

Introduction

The Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary is situated in a 2.8 hectare pine haven in the heart of Baguio City. It offers ecological education towards the building of sustainable and resilient communities.

Prior to its becoming an ecological sanctuary , it had a rich history that dates back in the early 1930’s when the Maryknoll Sisters opened the Maryknoll Convent School. The first students were three children from Syria, then in 1934 American children joined the classes and a few more children were added each year. Maryknoll Convent School was incorporated in 1937 and by 1939 there were 78 students, most of whom were Americans. During the war years classes were suspended. The second phase of the school opened after World War II when the school took the form of a regular elementary school for Filipino children.

In 1962, a new and more adequate building was built adjacent to the convent by Sr. Carmencita Gabriel and later named the school as Marishan Elementary School.

In 1990, a powerful earthquake caused serious structural damage to the old Convent. In November 1991, sixteen months after the earthquake, the Maryknoll Sisters of the Philippine Region decided to create the Maryknoll Sisters Center for Justice , Peace and the Integrity of Creation or the Maryknoll Center for Integrity of Creation (CIC).

It was established to contribute to the educational process of communities that would bring about change in the way humans interact with their environment. It will be used for educational purposes that promote sustainable development in harmony with fundamental earth processes .It functions as an Educational Center for Ecology with an Exposition Area dubbed as “A Cosmic Journey” stages where visitors will experience the historic development of the environment.

Major Activities

It offers the following programs geared towards the realization of its vision/mission:

Indigenous Earth Wisdom taps into the spirituality of Indigenous peoples and their contributions towards nurturing Mother Earth. Sharing sessions with indigenous knowledge holders are done to understand their perspective on the sacredness of earth through respect for nature and ancestral spirits. This Cluster has also published a Book on Indigenous Earth Wisdom: A documentation of the Cosmology of the Peoples of the Cordilleras. Researched-based materials for publication are also underway.

Cosmic Journey nature-trekking through fourteen stations where one experiences the stages in the unfolding of the Universe. Moments of reflections helps one make wise decisions in the use of the earth’s resources so that future generations will inherit a planet capable of sustaining life.

Earth/Eco-Recollection offers learning activities designed to reacquaint us with the Earth’s bounty. It is aimed to look into our roles or participation in the upliftment our Common Home. It makes us reflect on our attitude and responses towards caring for God’s creation and make pro-active personal and community commitment to protect the same.

Early Earth Education provides early earth literacy for children ages two and a half to four years old through it Sunbeams Daycare program. Children learn to grow garden, prepare and enjoy vegetables, learn the rudiments of vermicomposting and other earth-related activities

Art Exhibits and Workshop- educate the public on various art mediums and inspire viewers to understand earth-based traditions, and to celebrate the diversity of cultures. The Sanctuary Gallery is a venue for artists and artisans to exhibit works that provide imaginative and spiritual sustenance

Nature Camp– this innovative and culturally relevant education program raises environmental awareness to young people and aims to provide experiential learning, healthy living, self-empowerment through learning how to grow food, how to build their garden and composting. It will also inspire them to take action to address ecological issues affecting their home, school and community.

Other programs include: Waste Reduction or Zero Waste, the yearly celebration of Climate Change-Consciousness week in partnership with Government and Non-Government Organizations , CSO and private institutions.

Contact Information (Organization)
Website www.maryknollecosanctuary.org
Address 25 North Santo Tomas Road, Campo Sioco, Baguio City
Tel +63 74-424-5745
Fax None
E-mail mesbaguio@gmail.com

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