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 April this year, while on a trip to Medellin in the Philippines, I met Ric Patricio, Goducate’s agricultural consultant, who filled me in on what Goducate is doing. Since I was once the Director of Music of the Republic of Singapore Navy Band and has been guest-conductor for several musical groups, I was particularly interested in Goducate’s music program in Laguna. So in June, accompanied by Ric, I went… Continue reading
Goducate Training Center (GTC) which is located in the middle of 4 municipalities in Iloilo— namely, San Miguel, Oton, Alimodian, and Leon. A municipality is divided into barangays (the smallest administrative division), which contains territorial enclaves known as puroks (those in urban areas) and sitios (those in rural areas). In the 3 years of its existence, GTC has built strong relationships in 7 barangays (including 5 sitios withing these 7… Continue reading
Agriculture is part of the livelihood training given to the children at the Goducate Children’s Home in Cambodia. A few years ago the Home started raising livestock, and last year it started the vermicast project that gets compost from earthworms. In February this year, the Home started to raise ducks.
We started with 50 ducklings, and some of the older boys in the Home were trained and assigned to… Continue reading