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.
Apr 28, 2015

Planting between coconut trees

Mix planting
Mix planting

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Leyte. Our coconut replanting program is continuing and at present we are able to distribute a total of 1,700 coconut seedlings to farmers. The farmers themselves dig the hole where the trees are to be planted as well as provide for organic fertilizer coming from animal waste in the farm. Except in some areas, most of the coconuts are growing well and our mortality rate is tolerable at 5 percent.

The planting distance of coconuts is 10 meters x 10 meters and we are doing planting of high-valued fruit and timber trees as well as bananas and bamboo in between the coconut rows. This is so that we will maximize the land. Most of the landholding here is small at average 1.5 hectares and there is really a need to improve farming systems. Traditionally farmers plant only coconuts and nothing else and when the coconuts were destroyed by high-velocity winds during the typhoon, there are no other sources of income and food.

Our approach of mix planting will be a model here in Leyte and we will use this in order to demonstrate to other farmers how they can maximize their land.

Hoping for more support from you.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Apr 28, 2015

Water filters as supplement

Water filters will save lives
Water filters will save lives

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Leyte. As we continue to implement the communal hand-wash in schools, we found out one major problem. This is the situation when water is deficient and local households are using the water supplied to the hand-wash also for their house needs and some of the sources are not reliable with suspected water contamination. In this case, we are supplying the families with water filters attached to water containers. The water filters will last years and will help ensure that water is safe for drinking by the local people.

We are trying to provide more water filters and additional help you can provide to this project will be greatly appreciated.

Again, thank you very much.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Apr 16, 2015

Toilet Fabrication is Continuing

fabricating toilet bowls
fabricating toilet bowls

Dear All Friends,

Warm greetings from Leyte and thank you so much for your continuing generous support to enable us to provide toilets to the typhoon survivors. We are using local materials in our fabrication activities and in this way we are able to re-invigorate the economy. All of our workers except for a few master-trainers come from the area and this initiative is a livelihood for them. After the typhoon, there is very little work to do and little income here and life was difficult. At least with our sanitation activities we are able to provide food for artisans.

Hoping for your continuing support to this project.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

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