Warm greetings and thank you very much for your kindness and generosity in supporting our project promoting vegetable gardening among those affected by the crisis in Marawi. At this time rebuilding the city takes a very long time as unexploded bombs still litter the nooks and crannies of the city center. We think that it will take a long time for the area to be declared safe again and for the residents to build their houses and start a new life. At present, we continue to promote vegetable gardening wherever the displaced residents are located because gardening is easy, fun and they are able to produce nutritious food for their table. This reporting period we introduce the growing of wild mushrooms for food because they can be grown easily and does not require a lot of care and space. We are in the process of collecting spawns and then multiplying them in local nutrient culture. Once we have multiplied the fungus, we will distribute them to the beneficiaries so that they are able to grow them in their farms.
Warm greetings and thank you very much for your support and generosity to our project assisting evacuees so they live comfortable lives. The last few months we experienced severe dry weather and vegetable gardening activities by affected families has largely stopped. Evacuees prioritized their need for water to household use as well as to health and hygiene requirement for the family. This time around they are able to start their gardening activities with the onset of the rainy season. We hope that the rain will not be too much though because it will also destroy the crops. We trained community residents to practice mixed planting of vegetables so that they will have veriety and so that they have several income streams from short term and longer term crops. We were able to assist 110 families during this period using this approach.
Warm greetings and thank you very much for your continuing support to our project providing vegetable seeds, organic fertilizer, small garden tools and training to those affected by the ISIS-inspired siege in Marawi City that displaced thousands of families. Of the least supported among the evacuees are Christian individuals and families who were workers of Muslim businessmen in the city. They returned to their homes or evacuated to relatives with very little support and attention. They went to the cracks and disappeared but their lack of access to productive resources is very evident and there is indeed a need to assist them. This reporting period and with the support of local friends and patrons, we were able to continue training the youth members of the evacuees on vegetable gardening and using small spaces around the house in order to do this. We were able to conduct 1 training held in a village with 45 youth participants with vegetable gardening as the main topic.
We will continue to provide training and other support as we go on to implement this project.
Warm greetings and thank you very much for your generous support to our project initiating the planting of vegetables in backyards of households where residents escaping the violence in Marawi City has evacuated. Until now the rehabilitation of the city is very slow and there is an urgent and coninuous need of providing food for the evacuees. Gardening is a welcome respite for them since it is easy to do and does not need much capital to start one. This reporting period and in partnership with a local partner we are able to launch a vegetable and small farm development training with mostly youth participants numbering 120 and divided into 4 batches of 40 trainees per batch. After the training, we distributed vegetable seeds and small garden tools to them so that they can start immediately their home project.
Hoping for your continuing support to this initiative.
Warm greetings and thank you very much for your generous dontion to our project assiting with backyard gardening poor families affected by the siege in Marawi City. Until now, rehabilitation of the damaged city is very slow because of various problems and many of the evacuees are still staying in evacuation centers or their relatives. We focus our attention to those staying with their relatives because they have space where they can implement gardening activities. This reporting period, we assisted 120 beneficiaries prepare their garden produce in such a way that they are nice to eat as well as presentable in order to give value added to their products and with the eye to selling among their neighbors. A lowly herb like mint and holy basil can be made into tea and taro root crop can be cooked deliciously. We took photos of our menu and present these to other beneficiaries so that they will be inspired too.
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