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?
In June last year a girl’s workshop was set up at the Goducate Children’s Home in Cambodia. Initially it was used to teach girls how to bake. Not only were they girls baking for the birthday parties at the Home, but they also later began to bake for the Rawlings Institute, a training center, thus earning some income for the Home.
More recently they have been learning to sew… Continue reading
In August 2013, Goducate partnered with Project Luke Foundation to offer some medical help to people around the Goducate center in Laguna, Philippines. This partnership with Project Luke Foundation was firmed up last November, Goducate signed a partnership with the Foundation and with Interchemex, a pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, to serve the community through helping them with their health needs.
Within weeks of signing the partnership, a session… Continue reading
Illiteracy in rural areas is one of the major concerns in the Philippines. Many Filipinos do not have a chance of going to school for their basic education, or they have to leave school early, because of poverty or lack of schools and teachers in their communities.
Goducate’s mission is to Go and Educate people who otherwise have no access to education, so that they can escape lives of… Continue reading