The Goducate Training Center in San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines, is fast taking shape.
The 11.2 hectare site has been transformed in the last 7 months from a forested area into a training center with agricultural fields (hybrid rice, vegetables, fruit trees), aquaculture pond (with over 3000 fish), large multipurpose hall (for training and accommodation), a camp-site (for accommodation) and recreational facilities (zip lines, horse trails, swimming/dipping pool, restaurant).
We hope to be able to take in our first batch of Goducate trainees in April. They will be trained to help poor communities of Asians help themselves. A large part of their training will be in agriculture and aquaculture so that they can help poor communities produce more food in a sustainable and eco-friendly way.
The trainees will support themselves during their 6-9 month training period by producing their own food – and in the process learn transferable agricultural and aqua-cultural skills.
They will also help to run the recreational and learning activities on the site to generate funds from corporations, educational institutions and other organizations. Presently, there is a strong demand for such activities (team-building, bonding, leadership) from such organizations in Iloilo. The funds generated from these activities will help Goducate Training Center to be self-sustaining in the near future.
This is in line with Goducate’s philosophy of helping others help themselves.
If we can’t help ourselves to be self-sustianing, then how can we help others do so?
About a month ago Goducate began to send out Goducate Tent Schools (GTS) teams to help rehabilitate schools in North Panay damaged in early November by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Before then the teams had been busy designing and making the tents and roof coverings.
The 4 teams (5-6 members per team) are based in their respective base-camps in the following towns—Lemery, Concepcion, Mambusao, and Carles. From their base camps… Continue reading
In 2013 Goducate in Bay, Laguna Province, Philippines, had been helping 40 students through the Alternative Learning System (ALS). The ALS is a Philippines Department of Education non-formal education program for people who did not complete their schooling. Of the 40, 31 were mothers, and 4 were fathers. Goducate held twice-weekly classes for them.
On Nov 10, 13 of them conquered their fears and sat for the ALS secondary-level… Continue reading
The use of plant concoctions as foliar spray in crop production is a novel concept for the majority of Indonesian farmers. When I taught them this method recently at a training session in Pekan Baru, Riau Province, it generated a lot of interest.
Specifically, I demonstrated how to prepare fermented fruit juice (FFJ) and fermented plant juice (FPJ). For the FFJ, the materials used were papaya (other possible substitutes… Continue reading