Feb 3, 2020

To the Supporters of our community Project in Fiji

On behalf of the local villagers of Nakorotubu District, Ra Province, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving Donors for your generous support to our project.

In line with the goal of promoting resilient communities in Nakorotubu District, we organized a training in organic farming on November 18-20, 2019 involving the 30 local communities, including women, youths, and village elders. The training was designed to answer the request of the local communities to have healthy and safe farm production.

Other than vulnerability from natural disasters, the local communities have issues related to food security due to poor soil condition and lack of knowledge on crop production. To help address this issue, we helped constructed a vegetable nursery and trained the locals on how to manage it. We encouraged them as well to compost their household waste so they can use it to fertilize their farms.

Still at its early stage, we are committed to make this initiative to be successful.

 

 

 

Jan 8, 2020

To the Supporters of our project in Tohoku, Japan

Shukuko, tsunami survivor and project core member
Shukuko, tsunami survivor and project core member

On behalf of the beneficiaries of our project, particularly the core members of the Association for the Restoration of Coastal Forest in Natori City, we wish to extend our sincerest gratitude for your kindness and generosity.

Shukuko (Ms.), one of the core members of the Association and in charge in weeding and watering of the black pine seedlings at the nursery mentioned how she wanted to meet all the supporters and volunteers to thank them individually. Since this is not possible, she is showing her appreciation by contributing and giving her best to produce good quality of seedlings.

Shukuko works almost every day at the nursery. According to her, tending to the seedlings is not difficult because of the expertise of Mr. Koichi, overall in charge of the project. At the nursery, Shukuko acts like the eyes and ears of Mr. Koichi. She notices immediately when there is strange thing that is happening such as the sudden wilting of seedlings, which she then reports to Mr. Koichi. Among other factors, we attribute the success of our seedling production from the action of Shukuko.

It has been 8 years since the March 2011 disaster yet Shukuko still remembers the strange sound of tsunami and the murky color of water. The water was already high and there was no place to escape. She felt lucky that their house had a second floor so she managed to survive.

Getting involved into the project and working with her fellow survivors helped Shukuko in recovering from the trauma caused by the disaster. As they worked together to achieve the goal of restoring the damaged coastal forest, they develop a sense of camaraderie and belongingness- exact opposite of the sense of isolation that they felt when they were relocated after the tsunami.

Seed sowing at OISCA nursery
Seed sowing at OISCA nursery
Shukoku with the other survivors.
Shukoku with the other survivors.
Dec 2, 2019

To the Supporters of our Project in Northern Philippines

Site preparation by the local women.
Site preparation by the local women.

On behalf of the beneficiaries and stakeholders of our reforestation project in Northern Philippines, we would like to convey our deepest gratitude to the Global Giving donors for your kindness and generosity. 

Our project is aligned with the Expanded National Greening Program of the Philippine government to rehabilitate 7.1 million hectares of denuded forest lands by 2028. The reforestation site is part of the 50-hectare degraded land awarded by the government, which is located in Lagangilang, Abra. Initially, the locals were hesitant to be part of the reforestation project because of the unencouraging results of the previous reforestation efforts of other organizations. However, as we organized environmental related training and workshops involving the locals, they gradually understood our mission.

This year, we have planted more than 4,000 local species of trees and fruit-bearing trees over an area of 6 hectares. Access to the site is difficult, especially in the rainy season. Due to poor road conditions, we have to use a 4-wheel drive truck to haul the seedlings from the nursery. The locals have to cross a river to reach the project site. Despite all these obstacles, we are committed to have a high survival rate of the planted seedlings.

As we mainstream the nature-based solution using the ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction approach, with your support, we aim to strengthen the resilience and reduce the vulnerability of the locals from disasters.

Hauling of seedlings using a 4-wheel drive truck.
Hauling of seedlings using a 4-wheel drive truck.
The locals have to cross a river to reach the site
The locals have to cross a river to reach the site
Mango seedling planted this year.
Mango seedling planted this year.
Improvised hanging bridge to reach the site.
Improvised hanging bridge to reach the site.
 
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