Mindanao is the place where many indigenous peoples, the migrants from Luzon and Visayas, and many Muslims live together. The
central Mindanao is known as its unique situation where Christians, Muslims and indigenous people are living together. The land has witnessed with many conflicts, the efforts for justice and
peace and many martyrs and victims of the conflicts and the struggle. A lot of blood has been shed in the conflicts between the MILF (More Islamic Liberation Front) or MNLF (Moro National
Liberation Front) and the government army. People really hope for peace and order. And endeavor to create a peace, order and reconciliation in spite of the frequently repeated conflicts with
hatred and misunderstandings. Who suffered most? Primarily, it is the children, the innocent victims of society.
Reverend Fr. Fumio Sukegawa, a missionary priest from the Diocese of Sapporo, Japan who pioneered the Easter Village, felt the need of responding to this cause. During his mission in Davao Oriental, aside from his assignment in San Isidro Labrador Parish, he helped the orphanage as a volunteer. There, he played together with the orphans and took care of them.
When Fr. Fumio Sukegawa had an opportunity to transfer here in Kidapawan, Cotabato from Davao Oriental. He began to think of his mission. He was not able to forget the orphans who were really wounded healers and still in need of the care. “Let me build the orphanage here.” This thought struck him. It was very simple. He just wants to help the orphans who lost their parents. And he began to dream and imagine about building an orphanage.
Fr. Fumio Sukegawa is the founder and the current director of Easter Village. And the people, particularly the faithful of the Diocese of Sapporo, are in solidarity with the mission of the Easter Village. The Diocese of Kidapawan is also supporting this mission.
With fervent prayers and a little seed of faith planted in their hearts, the Lord opened doors of supporters for the work. Many Christian individuals and Christian Churches in Japan made commitments in prayers and financial support for the protection of children in Kidapawan City, Cotabato with the great understanding and assistance of the Diocese of Kidapawan. The institution was started on August, 2002. On August 7, 2003, the Home for Children’s Protection was named, Easter Village Orphanage, Incorporated. In 2017, this institution was re-named as “Easter Village Children’s Home” officially.
We envision children admitted into care with a secure and productive life, deeply rooted in spiritual values at peace with themselves and with the wider community.
To embrace and protect the abandoned and neglected children without primary caregivers, enabling them to regain the damaged self and resolve negative feelings of anger and hopelessness as a result of poverty, neglect, and violence, developing their potentials and improving their abilities and thus become effective promoters of social justice and peace.
1. To operate and maintain residential care program which will provide for the basic needs of the children enabling them to survive and have a productive life.
2. To develop and implement development programs for basic education, skills
training, values formation, moral and spiritual enrichment based on Christ-centered principles and doctrines.
3. To foster an environment of respect for different cultures.
4. to implement programs for alternative placement for children who cannot be reunited with their biological parents/kins.