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,
Dear All Friends,
Warm greetings from typhoon-ravaged Leyte. The weather this time is very hot and crops are dying but there is a promise of rain coming with clouds forming in the sky. They are predicting that the El Nino phenomenon will last until end of this year and we are praying that this will not be so. Farmers are readying their fields for the planting season and the few gardeners who have constant supply of water to water their plants either from deep wells or springs are able to have bountiful harvest. It is indeed amazing to observe poor typhoon survivors no longer depending on food aid but getting their food from their backyards. One of their strategy is to sell some of the vegetables in order to buy rice staples and to cook some of the vegetables and add this to salted or dried fish. In this way hunger is no longer an issue for them. This time we are planning to continue and expand our initiative by providing the beneficiaries with organic fertilizer that we ourselves are producing as well as providing them with high-valued vegetable seeds, seeds whose produce they can sell at high price. These are tomato, eggplant, legumes, bitter-gourd, among others. This time also we are linking with a nearby university, Visayas State University which is a leading agricultural school in the area for technology and extension support as we realize that we cannot really do this alone but we need a lot of help.
Hoping for your continuing support.
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.
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,
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Cagayan de Oro,
Cagayan de Oro,