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?
True to its cause of helping needy Asians help themselves, Goducate Training Center which is based in Panay came up with another project that aims to aid needy families by providing them with a livelihood project.
The hog raising project is one of the livelihood projects of Goducate Training Center which started last January 2012. For the benefactors of the project, they are provided with a piglet or a… Continue reading
Living in northeast United States I have experienced my fair share of storms, or so I thought. We had planned our trip to Goducate Laguna several weeks earlier, so by the time we got word of Typhoon Rammasun (known locally as Typhoon Glenda), we were already committed.
Our flight was surprisingly smooth, and when we landed the sky was overcast, but the weather calm. Glenda was supposed to intensify… Continue reading
The Goducate Training Center (GTC) has been encouraging its neighboring communities to plant and eat moringa, and as part of its health feeding program it has been distributing moringa powder to malnourished children. At first the powder was made only at GTC, but as our community work increased, we have taught the communities to make the powder themselves.
Last November, GTC held its first Community Youth Leadership Seminar. 33… Continue reading