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.
Very sincerely yours,
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,