Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation

Empowerment of marginal farmers especially the youth by implementing an integrated program of water, agro-forestry, health and sanitation support, nutrition and community organizing. Capacity-building, local leadership development and gender and development cuts across our initiatives. Our main goal is for these families to live dignified lives, fully participating in the life of the community by improving their overall social and economic situation.
Aug 27, 2015

Reward via Vegetable Gardening Contest

Garden contestants
Garden contestants

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from Leyte. Our vegetable gardening initiative is in full swing as we are able to gather and distribute seeds from the vegetable production farms implemented by some of our beneficiaries located in Mahayahay, Ormoc City. We pay for the seeds to give incentive to the producer and then we distribute them. This reporting period we are able to distribute a total of 350 seed packets to 116 gardeners who are mostly youths. A documentary group based in Manila came to take photo-video documentation as well as interviews to some of the the beneficiaries. This I consider very great because it will popularize our work.  Then together with a partner here in Leyte, the Samaritan's Purse, we implemented a vegetable gardening contest with our beneficiaries located in Palo, Tanuan and Tacloban, with prizes comprising household utensils, rice and grocery items. All participants were provided with nice certificates as their remembrance. A volunteer from Global Giving - UK, Eleanor Moodey  visited some of the gardens and beneficiaries and interviewed some of them.

Our next activity will be to secure some root crops planting materials comprising sweet potato, taro and cassava from nearby root crops center at the Visayas State University in Baybay in order to augment vegetable gardening of the beneficiaries.

Again, thank you very much.

Very truly yours,

Cora

Aug 13, 2015

Training women on latrine construction

Training women on latrine construction
Training women on latrine construction

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Samar, Philippines. Samar was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan and then by Typhoon Hagupit few months after. The need to provide durable, low-cost latrines is still very high and there is a need to provide the needed skills for the local communities to build the latrines themselves so that knowledge is localized and the need to get outsiders is minimized. Women can be builders too and we build their capacities through the process of "learning by doing". This is also a good social enterprise and income generation for the communities because there are times that international NGO's and local government contract out latrine constructions. Thus this reporting period we are able to train a total of 73 semi-skilled women living in 26 barrios in Gandara, Western Samar. The training consist of building the concrete ring septic tank, building the flooring and setting the toilet bowl and building the walls, roofing and door. Next step will be for us to provide them with follow-up skills enhncement in the coming months and as they apply their skills.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

  

Jul 29, 2015

Starting a food security initiative

Vegetable seeds distribution
Vegetable seeds distribution

Dear Friends,

Greetings and thank you very much for your support to provide food security to poor earthquake survivors in Nepal. This time we were able to reach-out and distribute together with local and international volunteers vegetable seeds and garden tools to 120 families located in Tigani village in Bhaktapur District, 45 minutes by public transport east of Kathmandu. Most of the residents are traditional farmers while a few are government workers and some engaged in the private sector. The vegetable seeds and mustard leaf, bitter gourd, carrots, ladies fingers and beans. The garden tools are mainly wooden rod dibble and sprinkler.

 In this village, only 40% of the families own the land, the rest has to lease and pay the landowners up to 20% of their annual farm income. They earn about 4000-5000 rupees per month, and have to rely on middlemen to sell their produce as most of them don’t have any marketing idea. After the earthquake, 65% of the houses were totally destroyed and aside from a few concrete houses, the rest were partially damaged.

Again thank you very much.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

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