Building Sustainability in the Philippines: Cacao Plantation
One of the Bernasol Educational Foundation’s main goals in the Philippines is to develop a large cacao plantation on the land of the Aeta tribal group, creating jobs for the local tribe members so that they are able to provide for themselves and their families.
The Bernasol Educational Foundation’s founder has met for planning meetings multiple times with the Aetas’ chief, who has worked together with his tribal members to compile an area of about 10,000 acres for the cacao plantation. The Aeta tribe is excited about the project and is ready to get to work establishing the plantation.
The families are happy this project is being brought to them as it will enable them to provide for themselves in a self-sustaining way. They are looking forward to the construction of new schools for their children that this project will make possible, and they know that the outcome will be a better standard of living for the present and better opportunities for their children in the future.
The Bernasol Educational Foundation has been quite busy with the cleanup of the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. Many villages have experienced extensive damage to their homes and land which makes any progression for the cacao planting almost impossible at this time. So, our focus has been in rebuilding and providing food, shelter, and continued education for the children and financial training for the adults.
The communities have come together to help where they can to help those who were harder hit by the Typhoon. It’s been an amazing journey for the people of the Philippines coming through such a tragedy and we are so blessed that everyone in our villages have survived and are preparing to go forward with the cacao farming that will help them become a self-sustaining community.
The Bernasol Educational Foundation's Philippines team completed a very successful trip last month which your generous donations made possible! We were very excited to bring hope to the Aeta tribe through the building of a cacao plantation. This project will create many local jobs and will provide sustainability to the tribe for years to come!
Our team met with the Aeta chiefs and pastors in six different regions and relocation camps throughout the province of Zambales to discuss and see the land set aside for the cacao farms. August is their raining season so we were unable to travel too far in the mountains because of flooding and mudslides. It rained each day we were there which made travel extremely difficult.
The other objective was our Vacation Bible School program for the tribe's children and a conferences for the women. Each day we set out to one of the six regions and conducted a VBS for the children and meet with all the women after VBS to discuss and plan additional sustainable projects such as jewelry making or bags/satchels made from flour and rice sacks. Many women had wonderful ideas and designs and only lacked the initial startup costs to purchase supplies. There are many talented women who have offered their services to teach the other women in their village to make the bags and jewelry.
Over the three weeks, we ministered to and fed over 1,100 children and 300 women throughout the six regions. It was a wonderful mission and we appreciate your continued support of our efforts and invite you to share this opportunity to be lifechangers with your friends and family! Please stay tuned for more updates.
The Bernasol Educational Foundation's Philippines team is busy preparing for our upcoming trip in August, which your generous donations will make possible! We are very excited to be bringing hope to the Aeta tribe through the building of a cacao plantation. This project will create many local jobs and will provide sustainability to the tribe for years to come!
Our team is working both here in the U.S. and through local contacts in the Philippines to gather supplies and coordinate laborers for this project. The land is ready, and we can't wait to break ground in August! We are also planning our Vacation Bible School program for the tribe's children and a conference for the women. As the whole tribe is excited about the new cacao plantation project, we are using the themes of planting, growing, and harvesting for our Bible teaching programs. We are very excited to embark on this journey to change both the physical and spiritual lives of the Aeta tribe.
We appreciate your continued support of our efforts and invite you to share this opportunity to be lifechangers with your friends and family! Please stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to our departure date and then throughout our trip.
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