Mindanao Ecolife Hub

by Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation
Dipolog Hub
Dipolog Hub

The WAND Foundation has just opened a branch of the Ecolife Hub in Dipolog City, province of Zamboanga del Norte. This hub is envisioned to benefit mainly the beneficiaries of the Foundation comprising farmers and artisans. The WAND Foundation cooperated with a youth organization called Association of Locally-Empowered Youth in Northern Mindanao (ALEY-NM) and with a civil society organization called Asset-based Community Development with Equity Foundation or ABCDEF.  This Hub contains 10 desktop computers and a server.

Youth doing tree planting activity
Youth doing tree planting activity

Some youth who are keen to surf the internet in order to find meaningful weekend activities have decided to conduct tree planting activities as their project. They wanted to contribute their time to helping improve the environment by the planting of trees. Tree planting techniques such as distance, size of holes, staking, watering they got from some websites providing tree planting tips. Some other projects that other youth beneficiaries are undertaking includes raising of small animals such as chickens and goats, vegetable gardening and handcraft making.

Our beneficiaries
Our beneficiaries

The Mindanao Ecolife Hub is organized with the main aim of bringing the power of the web to positively affect the lives of the poor.  The poor are very vulnerable to climate change and the web has a wealth of solutions for climate change adaptation which they can harness. We will start mainly with the youth who have the basic skills and bent to surf the web. Their learning, on a multiplier effect, can then be used to start small, doable climate change adaptation projects. Internet Café’s abound in schools, urban and rural centers, but these are mainly used for simple emails and gaming. The power of internet café’s is not harnessed to the fullest, when in fact advanced knowledge is there at the tap of the keyboard. No one has thought about this and this is an innovative concept.


To date, our effort is geared towards negotiating with an internet café located in Initao Municipality so that we can launch the first hub. Contract signing will be done next week then we will start with the first batch of trainees for the hub.


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Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation

Location: Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​mindaterrapretabiochar.blogspot.com
Project Leader:
Elmer Sayre
Executive Director
Initao, XX Philippines

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