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.
Feb 3, 2014

Kiddie party update last December 28 and Feeding this Valentines 2014

Kids in Leyte
Kids in Leyte

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings and thanks so much for your kind support. In our last report, we described our initiative to provide a Christmas party to children who survived Typhoon Haiyan. Great for us because aside from the funds coming from Global Giving, there a lot of other supporters who provided much needed support. During the party, we matched from portion of our Global Giving fund, a support coming from Pastor Norman Solis of New York who sent directly his donation to us. A group also coming from a state university here in the Philippines came and brought with them slippers for distribution to the children. Then an experienced team that managed this type of event lent a helping hand. Some other people donated in their own way, bags, shirts, school supplies. Local mothers and older children helped in the cooking, preparing the venue and other related activities. This is how we do our activities here, people including the survivors helping hand in hand. From an original target of 75 children, we were able to entertain 300 plus during that time.

This report, we are happy to say that a Marx Canoy, chef extraordinaire who rose from his humble beginnings in the Philippines to become a chef to the stars (including Oprah Winfrey, Prince Frederick of Denmark & Sir Elton John during their visit to Australia) will be coming on Valentines Day to demonstrate his culinary skills and feed local children. He will be demonstrating the use of local ingridients in order to produce world-class menus and using as oven and kitchen materials the recycled materials from the damaged houses. Marx Canoy is launching a new cookbook   "Food Feast: Traditional to World-class Philippine Cuisine”. I am sure that many others will contribute also to this effort like what we did during the Kiddie Party last December 28. Some supporters we fail to acknowledge while others we did. Blessings will come from heaven.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Feb 3, 2014

Distribution of vegetable seedlings

Distribution of seedlings
Distribution of seedlings

Dear Friends,

Greetings from typhoon-ravaged Leyte Province. The rains is continuing here and life is difficult specially for very poor survivors. Food is also scarce and food aid by international aid agencies is getting scarce. There are just too many victims and covering them all with continuous food supply is always a challenge. This is specially true for survivors living in far-flung places such as mountain areas where the trucks could not reach them. 

Our approach towards food provision and food security is in terms of providing vegetable seeds and seedlings. Some of the seedlings are very tiny and raising them by the survivors require special skills. So what we do is to raise the seeds in seedling trays instead and then distribute the seedlings to the survivors. We also conduct trainings during distribution in order to equip the beneficiaries with gardening skills. In so doing we ensure continuous food supply. Some of the vegetables the survivors can harvest in 22 days so this initiative has indeed a great impact in ensuring food always in the home. Vegetables is also scarce here and expensive so surplus can be sold by the growers.

Again, thank you very much for your kind help.

With much gratitude,

Cora

Leyte vegetables
Leyte vegetables
Jan 23, 2014

Production of toilet bowls for Typhoon survivors

Toilet bowl making in Leyte
Toilet bowl making in Leyte

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Leyte Province. This time we are continuing with the pre-fabrication of toilets and installing the pre-fabricated units in the areas. We are selecting the poorest of the poor beneficiaries. Toilet bowls are difficult to source here and we have already used up all our toilet bowls we brought all the way from our main office in Mindanao. So our move is to make the toilet bowls too using concrete. We recruited local survivors as our workers which is a good move since work is very difficult to find here with electricity not yet operational. The procedure in making toilet bowls is simple and easy since we are making the moulds ourselves. Each of the survivor can earn 200 pesos a day and the money they use to buy food and other household necessities. Working with us makes them useful too and they forget about the bad effects of the typhoon. We are now employing 34 local people and they are very happy about it. Our plan is to donate the toilet bowls to those interested. With so many toilets gone, this is a good innovation, considering also that toilet bowl supply is short here.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

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