A Philippines where indigenous children and adults, with no access to basic services, enjoy their right to quality education and active participation in community life.
Cartwheel exists to empower indigenous peoples communities by improving self-sustaining capacities and increasing access to resources through education.
Cartwheel heeds the urgents call of Unicef to give indigenous children a better life. Indigenous Peoples (IPs) have unacceptably high rates of infant mortality, low levels of birth registration, vaccination, and
education compared to other communities.
Today, Cartwheel aims to serve more indigenous communities through partnerships with more indigenous groups and through the establishment of an Indigenous Peoples College called Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education in Mintal, Davao City.
Together with partners University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), ILAWAN Center for Volunteer and Leadership, Assisi Development Foundation, Office of Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr., and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Region XI, the school will provide college education to IPs who dream of an educational program rooted in their life, culture, and aspirations as a people.
Through Pamulaan Center, which opened in June 2006, Cartwheel hopes to bring education to more indigenous communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.