Oct 28, 2019

To the Supporters of our Community Project in Fiji

The locals engaging in the coastal protection.
The locals engaging in the coastal protection.

On behalf of the local community from Nakarotubu District, Ra Province. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Global Giving Donors for your generous support to our community project.

On September 19, 2019, we organized a Talanoa Session- a discussion among the villagers on how to maintain and protect the mangrove forests. During the session, we encouraged the local communities to improve their coastal vegetation cover by continuously planting mangroves. We emphasized how mangroves provide them food source and protect them from disasters such as cyclones.

Organized in Nakarotubu District, the session was joined by 30 local villagers. A total of 1,255 mangrove seedlings were planted after the session.

Actual mangrove planting by the locals.
Actual mangrove planting by the locals.
The locals and Fiji government officials.
The locals and Fiji government officials.
Oct 17, 2019

To the Supporters of our Project in Tohoku, Japan

Maintenance of the project site by the volunteers.
Maintenance of the project site by the volunteers.

Black pine trees sown in the spring of 2012 have now grown into 5 meters high (same height of an adult giraffe). It has been 8 and a half years since the start of our project and we have raised 72% (as of the end of August 2019) of the needed fund. We are deeply appreciative of your generous support.

We have mobilized a total of 10,920 volunteers who helped us in nurturing the planted black pines. We value the presence of the volunteers and we do not consider them as a free workforce. In this regard, we let them understand the significance of coastal forest, the importance of the field work, and the immediate need of carrying the work now. We use tools such as hoes and sickles in the field work. We are grateful that we have not encountered any major accidents or injuries. We think that it is because the participants understood well the working environment and they have a strong grasp of the content and value of the field work.

After finishing tidying up the tools, we gather all the volunteers and ask 5 participants of their impressions. A common answer is that they get attached with the black pine and are looking forward to seeing their growth. It may not be scientific, but we believe that the love of the more than 10,000 people who get involved with the project helped in the steady growth of the black pines. One volunteer commented that she maybe weak, but not helpless, and that her contribution can not be done by machines. One person can do little work in one day, yet the power of 10,000 people is a great force.

Meanwhile, one volunteer who happened to be a staff of IBEX Airlines (aircraft expert) based at Sendai Airport mentioned about the anti-fog effect of coastal forest. He clearly understood the significance of growing black pines and its impact to his work, so he is committed to continue volunteering.

It might take time before the coastal forest fully function as a green infrastructure and will impact the life of the local people. We intend to continue nurturing our black pines with the help of our volunteers and expert forest workers. We would like to solicit for your continued and warm support.

Briefing prior to the actual site maintenance.
Briefing prior to the actual site maintenance.
Project site`s aerial view with the volunteers.
Project site`s aerial view with the volunteers.
Volunteers while sharing their impressions.
Volunteers while sharing their impressions.
Aug 21, 2019

To our project supporters in Abra, Philippines

Post-harvesting of corn.
Post-harvesting of corn.

On behalf of the beneficiaries, we would like to convey our deepest gratitude to the Global Giving donors for your generosity, and to Global Giving Field Traveller Grace for visiting and monitoring our project areas.

Located in the low-lying areas close to the Abra river of Barangay Lagben and Barangay Dalnatan Sitio Pudaw Dolores, Abra, our marginalized beneficiaries are prone to flooding. Often affected by disasters and the low prices of produce imposed by the middlemen/buyers, according to our beneficiaries, crop production is like gambling as income is not stable.

The 50-hectare field planted with rice, already at a flowering stage, owned by the local farmers of Lagben was damaged by the river that has overflown. The 0.25-meter thick debris and rubbles carried by the flowing water posed a heavy burden among the locals. The risk of being bitten by snakes taking refuge among the rubbles and waiting for it to dry up, it took them 3 months to clear their field, in preparation for vegetable production.

Right after the disaster, we immediately reached out by providing the victims relief goods such as old clothes, canned goods, medicines, and rice. To help them in their immediate recovery, we provided them vegetable seeds, high yielding varieties of corn, water pump machines to irrigate their crops, lent them our agricultural machineries to prepare their land prior to their actual planting, and provided them technical assistance to maximize their production.

With the help of Global Giving donors, they are now gradually recovering. They were grateful for all the agricultural inputs provided but most especially the technique that we imparted on how to save and store seeds for the next cropping season. This technique is proven to be effective and sustainable because they do not need to buy commercial seeds nor rely from us on free seeds. This lessens their agricultural input costs, hence helping them in gaining higher profit.

Ms. Eliza said that the assistance from the Global Giving helped her family in restarting their lives. With the seeds and other provided agricultural inputs, life is gradually going back to normal and she is thankful for the given opportunity.

Meanwhile, small-scale farmers like Mr. Amante was worried before as where to get a capital for him to be able to resume to his farming activities. Through the assistance of Global Giving, he was able to cultivate his rice field. He said that his heart is at peace now that he is gradually recovering.

With 50 household families benefiting from our project, we are the only organization working in these two areas. Now, we are encouraging other disaster survivor families to venture into other crops such as sugarcane to diversify their farming production and thus help increase their income.

 

 

 

Grace and our Lagben beneficiaries
Grace and our Lagben beneficiaries
Heavily silted river slowly encroaches farmlands.
Heavily silted river slowly encroaches farmlands.
Sugarcane planted in Lagben.
Sugarcane planted in Lagben.
Corn saved and stored for the next cropping.
Corn saved and stored for the next cropping.
 
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