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Unahi (United Association of Higaonon tribes in Mindanao)



Unahi Mindanao is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the last remaining rainforest in the Philippines and its inhabitants. It's purpose is to uplift the socio-economic conditions of the Higaonon tribal people without compromising the integrity of the ancient tribal customs and traditions. Its base is in Buena Vista, Agusan del Norte, Mindanao. Unahi (United Association of Higaonon tribes in Mindanao) is an Indigenous Peoples organization (IPO) and non-profit organization.
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Address:
60 Mills Rd
Hurstbridge , 3099
Australia
Contact Person: Janara
E-Mail: janara@unahi.org
Website: http://www.unahi.org
   


Detailed Information:
Through its various projects, Unahi promotes sustainability to empower the people to meet their basic needs and also works to objectively help the lowland Filipinos and other governments world-wide to understand the Higaonon people and to respect their culture, and their environment.

The Elders of the 8 river clans have breen brought together to form Unahi Mindanao to solidify the union of all Higaonon Indigenous People and work for the good of the tribal culture and upholding the customary laws. Chief Datu Efren Mandipensa is the main representative of, and ambassador for Unahi.

With the help of donations, Unahi runs a 100 hectare Forest Management project surrounding forest areas the forest, called the TAFT Agro Forestry Project (Buffer Zone Project). After three years, the project is doing extremely well.

As well as the TAFT Project, Unahi has instigated other projects, such as a Tribal Training Center built at Buena Vista that serves as a meeting place for all tribal elders meetings; trains in horticulture and nursery skills; hosts a craft and tribal arts center; and is a home for students from the mountains studying in Buena Vista; as well as being an administration center/office.


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