To all the supporters of our project in Nishihara Village, Kumamoto
By Masataka Kawai - Project Coordinator
On behalf of the local residents of Nishihara Village who were benefiting from the support of GlobalGiving donors, I wish to extend my deepest gratitude.
From January to March, a total of 85 volunteers were mobilized who helped the 32 local families in harvesting and post-harvesting of sweet potatoes as well as harvesting of taro, Chinese Cabbage, and yuzu fruits. Compared with last year, the number of requests from the locals has declined. As they are gradually working towards self-reliance, the locals knew that they cannot depend from the volunteers forever.
Meanwhile, other than helping in the agricultural farms, we are also helping the locals in the maintenance of their common and public lands. Grass cutting and grass mowing at the public/common land are crucial in the prevention of wild fires which could damage the houses of the villagers, their farms, and their communal forests.
The volunteers have found a second home at the village and promised to help the locals every year. The “fans” of Nishihara Village developed great social bonds with the local villagers after helping them in their agricultural farms. They are aware of how their presence is motivating the locals to start living again.
Feb 27, 2019
To the supporters of our project in Abra, Philippi
By Delfin Tesoro - Project Manager
Mr. Loreto with his corn harvest.
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 into our project.
Presently, the 22 families who survived the typhoon, who were benefited from OISCA`s technical assistance and agricultural inputs such as seeds as well as water pumps and hose are now harvesting their crops.
Mr. Loreto, a project beneficiary, is one of the poorest in their community. His 6 children, a blind wife, and grandchildren were displaced after their house was totally damaged by the typhoon. His family has difficulty making ends meet after their crops (ready for harvesting) were flooded due to typhoon.
Meanwhile, Mr. Avenido, another project beneficiary, is one of the local farmers whose crops were totally devastated by the typhoon. He feeds his family from growing cash crops as a land tenant and carpentry as a sideline job. His farmland is not irrigated but since it is close to the river, he planted vegetables and corn using the seeds and water pump provided by OISCA. Within the half-hectare land, he was able to harvest a total of 1,500 kilograms of corn and 500 kilograms of eggplant, bitter gourd, and sweet potato.
Mr. Loreto and Mr. Avenido`s profit may be lesser compared to what they used to gain when producing rice, but it is an initial step towards recovery and to sort of replace the damages that they incurred from the typhoon. This would be impossible without the generosity of the GlobalGiving donors.
Mr. Avenido in his bitter gourd farmland.
A beneficiary with his sweet potato harvest.
Feb 7, 2019
To the Supporters of our Project in Fiji
By Jocelyn Matunhay - Project Coordinator
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.
Several years of working at grassroots, we felt the need to improve awareness and demonstrate long-term benefits of conservation actions and sustainable management of natural resources among the local villagers. The local communities` preference for short-term financial gains over long-term economic and environmental benefits drives them to engage in illegal and unsustainable harvesting of resources, such as cutting of mangrove trees for firewood.
As we adopt the concept of learning-by-doing, we are addressing this problem by putting the locals at the core of conservation, protection, and rehabilitation. On September 18, 2018, we organized a dialogue session with the locals of Nakarotubu District, particularly the women to encourage their active participation into our Coastal Management Project. After the session, the participants joined in the mangrove planting activities to replace the once uprooted and damaged by the strong waves.
Meanwhile, we are working with the village leaders in strengthening law enforcement to help reduce, control, and manage direct pressures on the environment, particularly the mangrove forests. Somehow, with these efforts, it would contribute to the reduction and vulnerability of the villagers from natural disasters.
We would be grateful for outside support, in any forms for us to realize our goals.