May 24, 2019

To our project supporters in Abra, Philippines

Distribution of seeds among the typhoon victims
Distribution of seeds among the typhoon victims

On behalf of the typhoon Mangkhut survivors in the municipalities of Dolores and Lagangilang, Abra Province, I would like to extend my gratitude for the generous support that GlobalGiving donors have extended to our project. 

With your support, we managed to provide assistance to the 32 farmers of Sitio Pudao and Sitio Malaylay, Barangay Mudiit in Dolores, Abra addressing the following areas:

  1. Seed dispersal
  2. Rice- the staple food of the Filipinos. This is the stable crop among the local farmers, especially during the rainy season.
  3. Corn- mostly planted in the dry season as an alternative source of income of the local farmers.
  4. Vegetable seeds- mostly planted for the farmers` own consumption. For extra produce, they sell it within the community.
  5. Compost/Fertilizer

Distributed to enrich the soil nutrients of the farms and will help guarantee a good harvest.

  1. Agricultural machinery and equipment

To save time and effort, OISCA machinery like hand tractors are lent to the local farmers. Moreover, to address the crop irrigation problem, communal water pumps were provided.

Our project beneficiaries were able to harvest the different kinds of vegetables out of the seeds that we distributed. They are again planning to plant other cash crops, such as mung beans for it only takes 2 to 3 months before harvesting. The area is still affected by the dry season and the communal water pump that is provided is helpful, not only during the land preparation, but all throughout the cropping season.

Somehow, we are instrumental in the recovery of the affected farmers from the ill effects of typhoon Mangkhut. The farmers are very grateful to the GlobalGiving donors for the support extended to them.

On the onset of the rainy season, they will be preparing their land for rice production. The farmers are hopeful that what they went through after the typhoon will not be happening again.

Land preparation using OISCA tractor.
Land preparation using OISCA tractor.
Planted mungbean soon to be ready for harvest
Planted mungbean soon to be ready for harvest
Harvesting of mung bean.
Harvesting of mung bean.
May 8, 2019

To the Supporters of our Project in Fiji

Villagers involved in the organic farming training
Villagers involved in the organic farming training

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

As we work with the villagers, it is apparent that they are still struggling to survive from the aftermath of Cyclone Winston. We felt that the implementation of a simple approach for mitigation, including mangrove rehabilitation, does not suffice. We realized that assurance of food security and sustainable subsistence living are very important in uplifting the economic condition of the villagers.

We started working on these targets on March 11 to 15 when we conducted basic organic training involving the 45 local villagers, especially women from Veidrala and Naocobau Village. During the training, we engaged them to come and learn the organic farming practices, which will be effective for the production of healthy and sustainable food. We also encourage the involvement of women to participate since they are very active on daily chores whether looking for resources in the sea or tilling their land to plant crops. 

The response from the local were overwhelming and interest were noted from other nearby communities that this kind of training to be conducted to them. Equipped with our training center in Nasau, Sigatoka Province in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as our several decades of working experience in promoting organic farming, we are committed to improve the quality of life of the villagers.

Mangrove planting activity by the villagers.
Mangrove planting activity by the villagers.
Apr 26, 2019

Message to the World from Natori, Japan

Forest experts while visiting the project site.
Forest experts while visiting the project site.

It has been 8 years since we started implementing our Coastal Forest Restoration Project in Natori. Since the beginning, we have been receiving financial support from many people around the world, including the GlobalGiving supporters. We would like to express sincere appreciation for your support. Your generosity enables us to to carry out the project as planned.

Our project in Natori now serves as a model coastal reforestation project constantly visited by foreign experts and decision makers. Over the past 8 years, we have received more than 100 non-Japanese from 60 different countries, including a Mayor whose municipality was severely affected by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the reforestation related techniques that we have developed while implementing the project are now being adopted by our local counterparts outside Japan. Such technique includes the use of water absorbing polymer to improve the water absorption of the newly planted seedlings, which is crucial to their survival. This technique is now applied in our reforestation project to combat the desertification problem in Inner Mongolia, China, as well as in our reforestation projects in the Philippines and Thailand.

Now that we are on the second stage of the project implementation, we will incorporate the concept of Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (ECO-DRR), not only in Natori but also in foreign countries threatened by natural disasters, to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

We would like to request for your continued support.

A UN representative visiting our project.
A UN representative visiting our project.
Learning of how to use the polymer solution.
Learning of how to use the polymer solution.
The author with a local staff.
The author with a local staff.
 
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