The GFF HELPS Philippines Team continues to provide quality education through online storytelling with children ages 9-12 from Banga, Aklan, Philippines. We have been doing this online project for exactly a year now and we have catered almost 15-20 children from different parts of Banga Town since we started last June 2020.
Joe FisherOnline Storytelling 2021 – Enriching the children’s minds and hearts through stories.
Today’s pandemic made the GFF HELPS Philippine Team realize the importance of mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health and most of our projects are bringing great impact to our beneficiaries, especially this Vegetable Garden Project in the different villages in the town of Banga, Aklan.
Joe FisherVegetable Garden Project – Phase II – Philippines
The GFF HELPS Philippines is delighted with the successful result of the Solar Project Phase 1 in the Village of Mercedes in the Town on Madalag last December 2020. Upon hearing the beneficiaries’ meaningful testimonies and seeing how the Solar Lights have been changing their lives, we pushed through the second phase in the next prospect village, the Galicia, without any hesitation.
Joe FisherSolar-Powered Homes for the People of Galicia Village
The fact that human beings are complex living beings demands that their body and mind be catered to during any medical visit or camp. This very fact guided us to organize a one-day multi-disciplinary medical visit at Srijanshil rehabilitation and special education school for the disabled located in Chandragiri. The school has almost 20 students with different yet unique needs, and most of them belong to a family of economically disadvantaged sections of society.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the normal stressors of life have become more than bearable for a few vulnerable populations, that can result in chronic stress. If this chronic stress goes unattended or unidentified, it can lead to long term mental health problems, thereby reducing the productivity of the community people.
Bong, Chibbo and Pudung are rural villages in Kalimpong, India. Most of the people inthese villages are economically disadvantaged with low education levels, which has led to a lack of awareness about various services that the government and private sectors are providing.
Joe FisherPostal Department Information and Awareness – India
When men speak, women do not speak. When men speak, women cannot enter the room. Women would not step out of the house. They would send a man to purchase things that they would require from the nearby market. They would shudder even to utter a word. And by chance if they do, they were remarked ‘PotheeBaasyo!’ often mocking her for the audacity to speak when men are speaking. Any women in rural villages of Nepal would relate to this remark. The very remark which is embedded deep in their body language hid discreet chuckles and concealed glances. This reality was the story of women from the villages of Kavre, Nepal, a decade ago.
Joe FisherSoap Making project In Kavre: When women connect, women become stronger – Nepal
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unemployment in some sectors here in Aklan, Philippines. Some local workers have lost their full-time and part-time jobs since private companies tend to lessen the number of employees to avoid further loss of profits. Self-employed individuals have also been affected since the number of consumers who need products and services has decreased. Loss of jobs will further lead to depression, hunger, sickness and more. Ten participants in our Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) participants and forty in our Adult Natural Science Learning Program (ANSLP) have suffered from unemployment and are beginning to suffer from hunger, so the GFF HELPS Philippines Team put forward the COVID-19 Help Project in May 2020 to eliminate the food scarcity experienced by these people.
Joe FisherSending some Packs of Love to the Needy – Phillipines
In DeoraliGaon, Bong Busty (A rural village 5kms from Kalimpong town), more than half of the village practices the cultivation of ginger atleastonce a year. They have been doing this agricultural practice ever since they started to cultivate crops. However, they are still practicing the traditional method that gives low yield and due tolack of knowledge about new techniques,they have not been able to improve this yield.