Greetings Dear Friends,
Today, as in previous days, we continue to grow vegetablesin seedling trays and distribute it to typhoon survivors. Most of the survivors are happy about the project and they are saying that gardening is fun and recyclable resources around the house can be used to start one. Filipinos according to the Food and Nutrition Research Council also suffers from what is called “hidden hunger” or the lack of micro-nutrients in the diet and eating vegetables can help solve this.
We are also engaging the youths and harness the the spirit of volunteerism by making it a point to recruit and train volunteer youth promoters who go from communities to communities to recruit other youths to start gardening activities. In terms of creativity and innovation, we promote what is called hydrophonics or soil-less gardening, which means that the roots of the plants get the fertilizer directly from the water-based fertilizer solution. Another innovation we already mentioned is the use of recycled materials such as sacks and containers as garden materials and collecting organic matter in the house as fertilizer.
In terms of sustainability and effective use of resources, we focus on the use of open-pollinated seed varieties which can be matured and re-use again for the next planting season. In this way, the youth is not dependent on seed companies but is able to sustain their initiative. We encouraged them also to start small-scale vegetable processing activities and sell their organic vegetable menus and products to neighbourhood markets.
This week, we are able to provide much needed vegetable seedlings to 630 beneficiaries residing in Talisayan and Tanauan Municipalities in Leyte.
Thank you for your kind support and hoping that you will continue supporting us.
Very sincerely yours,
Greetings all Friends,
I am happy to report that the project of my daughter Michelle Frances Sayre is one of the winners in this year’s Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) national competition. Her entry is urban gardening project and she chose the project because according to her “it is close to my heart having parents who are small farmers (and NGO leaders) and because I think our approach in urban gardening best embodies the TAYO ideals of generating impact to the stakeholders, able to harness the spirit of volunteerism, creativity and innovation, sustainability and effective use of resources. The impact generation is because most of poor urban youths have nothing to do and maintaining vegetable gardens means income and improved nutrition for them. People should realize that gardening is fun and recyclable resources around the house can be used to start one. Filipinos according to the Food and Nutrition Research Council also suffers from what is called “hidden hunger” or the lack of micro-nutrients in the diet and eating vegetables can help solve this.”
She added that “In terms of the ability to harness the spirit of volunteerism especially among the youth, I made it a point to recruit and train volunteer youth promoters who go from communities to communities to recruit youths to start gardening activities. In terms of creativity and innovation, I promote what is called hydrophonics or soil-less gardening, which means that the roots of the plants get the fertilizer directly from the water-based fertilizer solution. Another innovation I already mentioned is the use of recycled materials such as sacks and containers as garden materials and collecting organic matter in the house as fertilizer.”
Now her team is bringing their award money of 50,000 pesos to help the Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the city of Ormoc. This is great news indeed because the youth in Ormoc have nothing to do at the moment and are feeling hopeless. Surely the initiative of Michelle will bring so much relief for so many.
The news link of her award is found in, http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/576462/selfie-generation-yes-but-they-do-care
Very sincerely yours,
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,
Most of the farmers in the devastated areas grow corn, cassava, vegetables and coconuts. All the crops have been wiped-out. The fury of the typhoon uprooted everything. Famine for the millions of survivors is not far-off. Food aid will be gone in a few months as aid agencies go home. Our vegetable gardening project will provide vegetable seeds, root crop planting materials (cassava) and small farm tools to farmers-survivors. Root crops such as cassava can survive strong winds. The vegetable seeds will be pechay, eggplant, legumes, okra, tomato, moringa, squash, among others. Aside from vegetable seeds we will provide simple manual on how to plant in the local dialect. We will also provide small farm tools like sprinklers, weeding and cultivating tools. We will also provide organic fertilizers.
Some vegetables such as pechay can be harvested in 18 days and with continuous planting, food is secured. The survivors also can have something to do with their time and depression can be assuaged. Vegetables also provide much-needed nutrients and excess they can sell for added income.
To date, I am happy to report that we have already provided 2,600 vegetable seed packets to 600 families in Ormoc City and the municipality of Albuera. We hope to provide some more vegetable seeds and to also include some garden tools. Hoping you will help me drum-up support for this initiative.
Warm greetings from Super-typhoon Haiyan devastated Philippines. This is indeed desperate times. The devastation is too terrible to comprehend. Surging storm waters from the sea was six meters high and it went rampaging several kilometers inland and crushed everything in its path. The storm surge came in and out four times sucking everything on its path. The information is that it is only a "storm surge" so people did not mind much, resulting in thousands and thousands dead. We are a nation composed of vast coastlines so here goes...The human suffering is so tremendous, our heart breaks over and over again from the human pathos; from children looking for their parents, parents looking for their children. Until now, decomposing bodies have yet to be retrieved and are continually washing ashore or are located high in trees or buried in mountains of debris.
The immediate concern now are medicines, food, water and to bury the dead. Another equally urgent concern we are focusing on is how to sustain food support for the survivors. After international aid agencies are gone there will be nothing left for them and the most practical and sustainable way to provide nutrition is by starting them on vegetable gardening activities. Aside from providing much needed food and nutrients, gardens will be a source of leisure for them and would provide them with worthwhile activities.
Thank you very much for your support.
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Cagayan de Oro,
Cagayan de Oro,