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HOST-NGO is a network of skilled professionals, who are actively involved in development projects. They are willing to devote human resources, technical expertise and strategic vision to support the development of local communities, anywhere the organization is able to reach out. Our organization is building a world-wide cooperation channel engaging local and international counterparts such as local authorities and non-profit organizations. Our main responsibility is to participate into the design of development projects along with numerous partners, and to ensure a sound implementation. We take on the mission to promote the free sharing of knowledge and resources dedicated to solidarity p...
Aug 25, 2014

There are mountains that do not meet

ALS High School graduation preparation
ALS High School graduation preparation
Since the change of public administration in the center there are now more than a year, activities have been increased and diversified. The handover took a lot of effort, but ultimately it was a blessing in disguise. The human rights of the children are now respected and better understood. The city team is more motivated and more attentive to the children and their problems. 
With the help of partners, sponsors and volunteers involved, we were able to provide services to children including the issues of food, hygiene, medical, housing and education and we must keep it that way . Obviously we can improve but needed resources become consistent and help arrives in a trickle. Our team of volunteers is to organize and develop a team of fundraisers to provide future resources to meet their incoming needs. Unfortunately the number of street children who are cared for at the center does not decrease and sometimes we can reach 80 children per day, which generates logistical problem because the center is capable of and planned for 50 of them
Staff should be sufficient to support them but the buildings and infrastructure could be renovated as the center was originally built to house a hundred children, but now half of premises and equipment are out of state. We are hopeful of being able to repair and reuse all again. Let's do it!
Of course, apart from the obvious problems of resources and logistics that our approach generates, there is not a day when the joy and hope are surrounding us. These children have so much to teach us and their courage and imagination sometimes leave us speechless!
Kids love school, it seems incredible isn't it? They are well aware that being good at school is certainly an asset and hope to make their future better. Now ALS (Alternative Learning School) is 3 times a week, so most of them can participate regardless of their age or level ... A big thank you to our teachers to adapt to them. Come on, after class, some little physical exercises and why not a bit of some skill learning as well? Some kids love Capoeira and are so keen to progress that they have created and developed their own movements ... teachers did not believe it! Who better than them can really understand the spirit of Capoeira, an art born and created in Brazil by slaves at that time. 
One of the most unusual activities remains the chess ... when Philip and Marvin, two experts in chess, came six months ago at the center to conduct sessions with the children.
Many people thought it might be too complicated to them and they would not be interested neither... and they could not do it. They are wrong, in addition to the values they were taught by their teachers, some of them have developed an acute sense of strategic chess games ... impressive! You do not believe it? So please come over and play with them and therefore try to beat them if you can :)
In a brief, improvements made also in the center, the establishment of a bamboo fence is a success! Creating a vegetable garden and a flower garden has simply sublimated the center. We are done with waste of undeveloped spaces, now the center looks like a real little friendly farm :) 
Work for water treatment is ongoing and the replacement of water supply system is about to be complete! Waste water management class are being conducted by a Japanese NGO (Ikaw-Ako).
Well, what else to say than a big BRAVO to our sponsors, friends, partners, volunteers for these steps we franchised all together successfully. Despite the difficulties, the work goes on and a lot of passion and hope for children who are waiting to become gifted adults. Do not forget the quote of the moment: There are only mountains that do not meet.
Thank you Global Giving's donors for your inconditional supports and helps !!!
One day Pawn will turn into Queen !
One day Pawn will turn into Queen !
Integrated organic farming? Really ?
Integrated organic farming? Really ?
Bamboo fence and its garden, I like flowers
Bamboo fence and its garden, I like flowers
Waste and water management with a japanese group
Waste and water management with a japanese group

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Mar 31, 2014

A house is the only thing I need now !

KUBO concept is ready to be launched
KUBO concept is ready to be launched

Dear friends and change-makers,

4 months after the hit of Yolanda typhoon, our team which helps in Bantayan Island, has to sadly acknowledge the evidence of insufficient government’s support which is coming drop by drop to the victims. Right now, the survivors don’t have their house repaired or rebuild yet.

The area where we decided to rebuild the houses is inhabited by people surviving in a donated tent for the luckiest ones and the rest is protecting under a stretched tarpaulin roof…

We have conducted several community meetings with affected inhabitants and obviously the major problem remains the same. How to finance the construction of their home, while the economy is recovering very slowly and who will support the work and overseeing the development there?

Fortunately after some weeks of conceptualization our team responsible for the design of a typhoon resilient and affordable native house and has finally come up with a model that can meet the constraints and requirements of the project’s challenges. We call this concept KUBO whose particularity is combining a house made of local and raw materials (bamboo, limestone, coconut lumbers, pandan, coconut rope … and an “Agri-tecture” garden to provide a source of incomes with vegetables for sale and for personal food at a hand distance.

A KUBO house unit might cost around PHP 50, 000 (USD1200) materials and handy labor works, given it would be cheaper if the purchaser aids to construct.

We do not encourage donation but micro -finance in order to reinvest the repayments to finance another KUBO house development and also to actively maintain the sense of ownership of the beneficiaries and have limitation of dependency.

Financial assistance to purchasers would be around PHP 20,000 (USD 460). The PHP 30,000 remaining will be collected within a biweekly repayments worth of PHP400 ... borrowing rate will be reduced to a minimum to cover essentially the costs of supervision, tools purchase and training.

Therefore the house will be fully paid in more or less 5 years.

As of now, we have also received donations to cover the exceptional recovery assistance of income-generating activities (pandan leaves weaving, gardening, breeding, canteens foods). Without the revival of economic activity among its families, return to "normal" life of the entire community is not possible. Today, emergency NGOs are no longer there so that is the real survival time which really begins now.

A group of 10 chosen women will now benefit from the pandan weaving re-launching program activities which are including financial assistance, training and marketing support from ANP organization. That would surely help them to become autonomous within a working year.

As a preliminary bill of materials details, our current donations received through the generous donors of Global Giving should enable it to finance as a beginning 8 houses to be built in the affected areas... And a prototype house in order to validate the concept and overall costs estimation of the KUBO under construction process.

He have 3 identified areas as targeted areas, Purok Okoy and Pooc in Santa Fe municipality and one really remote in Mambacayao Diot Island from Bantayan municipality.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who has tirelessly been working to find a solution of innovative home and tailored to local and post- disaster contexts typhoon and for their commitment to help the victims to overcome the typhoon damages and economic poverty.

Also thank you to GlobalGiving representatives for granting us with a USD 15,000 donation to make this participative and generous concept of socio -economic reconstruction project comes true!

All the best,

People still don
People still don't have a place to stay
Community meeting, feedbacks are welcome
Community meeting, feedbacks are welcome
Pandan weaving activity is back and will be nicer
Pandan weaving activity is back and will be nicer
Limestone bamboo coconut lumber... raw materials
Limestone bamboo coconut lumber... raw materials

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Mar 21, 2014

One of the brightest stars

Capoeira ! Hold my hands my friend !
Capoeira ! Hold my hands my friend !

Dear Donors and friends,

Our listening and helping work to these children continues and the deployed energy intensity from the volunteers and partners does not seem to fade out, quite the contrary.

Daily work is not easy but hope and passion are still here. Even though resources are sometimes limited, motivation and imagination sometimes can do real miracles. We must show them a way and never falter, these children do trust us and we cannot let them down. There is always a solution and most important is to believe.

They are being continuously given attention and consideration from members of the civil society organizations involved in that process of giving them hope and a future. Recently, we were able to provide new sports trainings such as Basketball and Capoeira, coached by appointed and motivated teachers. They love it! A chest activity is being put in place at the center. May the best win!

We are striving to trigger any interest from them for particular sport or activity and we are pleasantly surprised to discover real talent among these children. It is very encouraging to see the results achieved in a few sessions! Why nobody did offer them this opportunity before? Of course, playing sports and having fun is not enough, although we have improved and intensified School (ALS). Now are 3 half-days a week regardless of their level or age and compulsory for all of them. Don’t make them spoiled!

Our team begins work to renovate the main dormitory that will accommodate thirty children now in decent conditions and build an outdoor kitchen made in bamboo and raw material.

The next step would be to complete the sports room and have the last dorm renovated so that all children can sleep peacefully in a cozy and clean bed. Aside, we pursue other previous activities like hygiene and medical check-up, waste management, organic garden, sanitation awareness, fellowship, values lecture … and so on. We are also working on a dance, music and cooking training school ... One of them may become the new tomorrow star and nobody will remember where she/he came from ... except him/herself.

“And they'll say told you so. We were the ones who saw you first of all. We always knew that you were one of the brightest stars”

Thank you for your continuous support to that project through Global Giving.

Teacher leaves the kids alone ! :)
Teacher leaves the kids alone ! :)
Monsanto are you here? Of course not it
Monsanto are you here? Of course not it's organic
Last night a deejay saved my life
Last night a deejay saved my life
There is joy and no snow for Christmas !
There is joy and no snow for Christmas !

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