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 7, 2014

Seeking permanency in Leyte

Training Center in Leyte
Training Center in Leyte

Dear Friends and Partners,

Warmest greetings and thank you very much for your continuing support to our activities assisting Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Leyte. I am happy to report to you that we are making excellent progress and we plan to stay here for the next 3-5 years as the situation is still dire and needs a lot of our help. This time our food security initiative is given a big boos by the generous support of a donor who provided us with a modest training center. The training center is multi-purpose in that we will use this also not only in the conduct of vegetable gardening training but also on the sorting and production of vegetable seeds and planting materials. Right now we have 4 open-pollinated vegetable seeds growing and later we will use the seeds for distribution to local farmers.

Hoping for your continuing support to our initiative.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Aug 6, 2014

Continuing with safe sanitation initiative

Mobile toilet camp
Mobile toilet camp

Dear Friends and Partners,

Greetings from Leyte and may I thank you once again for your generous support to our work. We continue to construct toilets and selecting the really very poor and helpless families. We have a toilet base in Albuera, Leyte and soon we will expand our work to 2 municipalities in Samar which is Marabut and Lawaan. Samar also is hard-hit by Typhoon Haiyan and devastation there is extensive. I am happy to report that we are making good progress because our toilet is being copied by international NGO's concerned with water and sanitation since they have no effective solution. There "portalet" is messy and difficult to manage while our Filipino toilet using local materials is perfect for the areas. We are also using bamboo and we employ a lot of bamboo artisans making the bamboo mats.

Hoping for your additional support as we expand to new areas in Samar.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Jul 28, 2014

Starting to do training in 3 bunk-houses in Leyte

Garden training
Garden training

Greetings Dear Friends,

Last week, we started to do vegetable gardening training for Typhoon Haiyan survivors housed in bunk-houses in Leyte. Bunk-houses are temporary shelters for those severely affected and who have lost their belongings and properties during the typhoon or their areas are considered dangerous for habitation. They are supposed to stay in the bunk-houses for a few months only but given the slow pace of building shelters for them, our estimate is this will take years. So we decided to launch a vegetable gardening initiative and using aavailable spaces around the bunk-houses for gardens as well as to do urban-type vertical gardening and using recycled materials. We are focusing on 2 bunk-houses in Ormoc City with more than 700 families and 3 bunk-houses in Tacloban with more than 900 families.

Last week we were able to do training in the 3 bunk-houses in Tacloban. Aside from the training we distributed garden materials consisting of  vegetable seeds, garden tools, organic fertilizer, bamboo poles and recycled containers.

Thanks so much for the generous support from the Global Giving - UK.

Thanks too to the Samaritan's Purse who is providing logistics, materials and other support for the project.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

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