World Vision implements sustainable gardening to pandemic-affected families in Culasi

With your support, we were able to provide to families in Culasi who are reeling from the economic impact caused by the pandemic through agricultural education and materials donation.

Under the Food for Education with Agricultural Development and Sustainability (FORWARD) project, 495 families received 9 packs of different vegetable seeds, 6 kilos of vermicast fertilizer and 1 seedling tray each.

The organization also partnered with the Municipal Agriculture Service Office (MASO) to provide informative materials to guide the families for their agricultural venture and to ensure sustainability of the project.

“The pandemic has affected many of us but especially the most vulnerable families in rural areas. Due to the health protocols implemented to prevent the spread of the virus, their livelihood are compromised. In Culasi, there are many parents who lost their jobs during the pandemic,” said Racy Dador, World Vision Program Officer. “To support the families, we implemented the FORWARD project. It aims to provide nutritious food supply to families and at the same time as their alternative income,” Dador added.

The participants of FORWARD project will need to go four phases to complete one cycle. They need to complete the preparation, planting, harvesting and preparation-for-the-next-cycle phases. When they complete each phase, World Vision provide 10kg-15kg of rice as incentive. If they can complete one cycle of the project, they will receive another set of agricultural materials they received during the beginning of the project with additional 2 trowels, 2 sprinklers, and 1 garden hose.

“I am thankful to World Vision and the partners for sharing to us valuable information on how to plant vegetables in our backyard and giving us tools and materials so we can plant well. I already earned from my vegetable garden and I bought wooden materials to repair my house. I also save some of my earning to our community savings group where I can loan money for emergency purposes,” shared Lilibeth from San Juan, Culasi.

World Vision is also thankful to its partners MASO, barangay LGUs, and community volunteers who support the implementation and the monitoring of the project.