Our mission is to listen to the Aeta people and explore, restore, and evaluate water management strategies that are more robust for human development while sustaining the ability of natural systems in the forest to provide the resources upon which the indigenous Aeta people depend that will allow them to create a new economy without undermining the integrity and stability of the natural systems.
Our vision is derived from the concept of sustainable development and aims to re-build the forest and replace resources that are natural or human made in equal or greater value without degrading or endangering the natural forest system but instead, shifting the focus to the social and economic development while protecting the environment for future generations.
The Aeta Tribe Foundation endeavors to address the chronic food insecurity and water shortages of the Aeta people in the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales. When Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991, the water and earth were poisoned. Their food and water sources were eliminated. The topography has made their lives vulnerable to a range of natural disasters such as typhoons, floods, and landslides. Since the eruption, they have been struggling to survive.
The 1991 volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo and subsequent annual monsoon rains have created crisis-level toxic conditions that affect the ancestral water sources and lands of the Aeta people. Prior to the eruption, some 83,000 Aeta people lived on the slopes of the mountain. Today, only about 50,000 Aeta remain, struggling to make a life for themselves in the Central Luzon Region III that makes up the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales, all within the 128,000 -hectare homeland territory. It is this dire situation - a people on the brink of extinction - that the Aeta Tribe Foundation is endeavoring to change. Time is of the essence.
I want to tell my friends about the life changing power of bringing water to the indigenous Aeta Tribes.