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?
Nineteen members of the Benjamin Aguilar Elementary School (BAES) Chapter of the Goducate Junior CDW (community development workers) Club graduated on March 24. Among the club members, nine graduated with academic awards that included first honors, second honors, third honors, five with honorable mentions, and one with special award.
BAES is located in Anabo, Lemery. Lemery is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. Provinces in the… Continue reading
March is graduation month for high-school students in the Philippines. Many schools hold “Recollection”events for their graduating class. These events are geared towards students’ character development. They allow the students to recall the wonderful memories and meaningful lessons of high-school life and to prepare them for the future.
Dalid National High School is in Alimodian, a third-class municipality in Iloilo province. The school’s principal, Ms Ma. Riza Lasquita, and… Continue reading
One of the municipalities that Goducate’s Community Development Workers for Barangays (CFB) project covers is Alimodian, in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. Alimodian is divided into 51 barangays (villages). Getting to some of these barangays is quite challenging. For example, to get to those furthermost ones takes an hour’s bumpy ride from the town proper, crossing mountains and rivers. This area covers 7 barangays with a population of 4500. Goducate… Continue reading