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?
For several years Goducate staff in Laguna have been trying to make a business out of producing vermicompost—compost produced by earthworms from manure—at the Goducate farm. It has been quite a struggle, until the last quarter of 2015, when they were able to sell the vermicompost at a good price and to get a regular customer.
The farm could produce 4.5 tons of the compost every 45 days. To… Continue reading
Goducate tries to impact a community positively and give sustainable help to the barangay (village) that it is serving. We have found that training community leaders to help their own barangays is very useful in giving lasting assistance to the community.
However, it is good training not only of the leaders, but also of other members of the community, that will contribute to lasting help. Goducate has been training… Continue reading
Ruth Bahandi from the Philippines is the new supervisor of the learning center at the Goducate Children’s Home in Cambodia. She is hard worker, often still in the learning center at 10 in the evening. Not only does she monitor the assignments but she has also motivated the children to achieve more daily and made the learning center a happy and efficient place of learning. She understands well the need… Continue reading