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.
Very sincerely yours,
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Cagayan de Oro,
Cagayan de Oro,