My Elevator Pitch

Shirley Kimmayong
Posted March 13, 2017 from Philippines
Shirley with the indigenous youth performers and a group of students.
Shirley (standing wearing her native attire) with the Ifugao indigenous youth from her village together with a group of students who organized a fundraising dinner for Hagiyo in the Philippines last year. Beside her is Noreen, the chaperone for the youth in coming to the city where the fundraising was held.
Eating lunch the traditional way
Eating lunch the traditional way: Shirley eats lunch with the Ifugao youth cultural performers using banana stalk as their plate during a gift giving activity for indigenous kids organized by Hagiyo in partnership with Cherry Mobile. (1/4)

I am Shirley Kimmayong, an aspiring changemaker and the founder of Hagiyo*, a nonprofit for indigenous peoples. Indigeneous peoples make up one-third of the world's poorest.

A high percentage of IPs are uneducated, unemployed, discriminated and marginalized.

As an indigenous person myself, I want to change the narrative by creating opportunities for economic empowerment for sustainable education, culture learning and lessons on life skills for them to be educated, empowered, champions of culture and changemakers.

*Hagiyo is an Ifugao (indigenous group in the Philippines)word that means "shout for joy!"

How to Get Involved

Be a changemaker in your own way through your financial support to Shirley's cause for indigenous peoples through Hagiyo, a nonprofit for indigenous peoples. Visit the fb page at facebook.com/hagiyo.org or the website at www.hagiyo.org. You can also email info@hagiyo.org.

 

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Tamarack Verrall
Mar 13, 2017
Mar 13, 2017

Dear Shirley,

What a great elevator pitch. I'm glad to know about you. Sisters in Spirit and Idle No More are two groups here started by Indigenous women in Canada that might be of interest to you. I am sure that many are already benefitting from your important work.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Shirley Kimmayong
Mar 13, 2017
Mar 13, 2017

Dear Tam, 

Thank you! I would love indeed to know more about Sisters in Spirit and Idle No More groups. If you know their contact I would be grateful to have it. I hope I can visit them one day as I just recently passed the Global Change Leaders Program for emerging women leaders at Coady International Institute in Canada. 

I hope to be able to do more as we were able to do our work through the support of friends, friends of friends and a few local business and organizations. 

In sisterhood indeed!

Peace, 

Shirley

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 13, 2017
Mar 13, 2017

Dear Shirley,

How exciting! Are you in Canada now or will you be, soon? There are for sure members of Sisters in Spirit in Nova Scotia, Canada where the Coady Institute is located. Here are some links to explore connections: 

https://www.nwac.ca/policy-areas/violence-prevention-and-safety/sisters-...

http://www.idlenomore.ca/turn_the_tables

https://www.nwac.ca

I would be glad to help in any way I can. I live 2 days' drive from the Institute but will be in the area next August.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Shirley Kimmayong
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 14, 2017

Dear Tam,

Thank you so much for the info. I will be there by July as it is the start of the program. Hopefully I will meet some of them and you as well. :)

Looking forward to more discussions with you.

Peace,

Shirley

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Jill Langhus
Mar 13, 2017
Mar 13, 2017

Hi Shirley. Great pitch. I'm inspired by your goals and dreams. Good luck:-) I'm looking forward to seeing your progress in future posts!

Shirley Kimmayong
Mar 13, 2017
Mar 13, 2017

Thanks Jlanghus! Hopefully those goals and dreams will become a reality indeed. Your  message of support means a lot. :)

Jill Langhus
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 14, 2017

You're welcome:) Have a great day!!

Shirley Kimmayong
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 14, 2017

You too! Peace!

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Mar 13, 2017
Mar 13, 2017

Equal opportunities is sure component of development. Hope you realise your dream for this group soonest. What percentage of this people are women and children?

Shirley Kimmayong
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 14, 2017

Thanks Masalien's! I hope so too that we will have funding in the near future. We don't have disaggregated data at the moment but in my country, it is estimated that there are about 14m million indigenous peoples.

YLLANG Montenegro
Mar 13, 2017
Mar 13, 2017

Ang galing po ate Lei ! Its also capital A! like what you've said, I hope to visit hagiyo this summer :)

Shirley Kimmayong
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 14, 2017

Salamat ganda! We have a school supplies gift giving this summer. :) 

JANEKALU
Mar 15, 2017
Mar 15, 2017

Dear  Shirley,thanks for sharing your work

Cheers

Jane Kalu

Shirley Kimmayong
Mar 15, 2017
Mar 15, 2017

Thanks Jane! 

Peace,

Shirley

JulieG
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017

Dear Shirley,

Wonderful video and pitch!  I'm so happy to know about the work you are doing with Hagiyo and the indigenous people in the Philippines.  "Shout for Joy" is such a wonderful title for this project, and by creating the education and economic empowerment opportunities for your groups, I am sure there will be many shouts of joy.  I really look forward to following your work. 

Shirley Kimmayong
Mar 22, 2017
Mar 22, 2017

Dear Julie,

Thank you! I am grateful as well to the friends and friends of friends and some local organizations who supported us. Hopefully we can have a regular funding so we can have many shouts of joy indeed. :)

Peace,

Shirley