As we had our first visit to the Village of Mercedes last 12th of November, we’ve met and talked with the humble village leader, Mr. Margarito Francisco, and got familiar with the place and the villagers’ ways of living.
Willyn CarrascalSolar-powered Homes for the Wonderful People of Mercedes Village
The GFF HELPS Philippines’ Vegetable Garden Project helped families to survive hunger due to COVID-19 house lockdown in Banga, Aklan, Philippines.
The Vegetable Garden Project made each beneficiary become more responsible in planting and monitoring the growth of the vegetables in their backyard. Most of them were very keen and hands-on in making plots, weeding, and taking care of the vegetables. The results may be favourable to some beneficiaries due to God-given healthy soil and abundant water supply but its with the beneficiaries’ hands on how to fully benefit from it.
Willyn CarrascalVegetable Garden: Healthy Meals, Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds
On this day across the world, we pay tribute to the volunteers who play a crucial role in being at the forefront of community, societal and medical responses. According to the UN, there are also online volunteers worldwide who served virtually in support to civil society organizations working on peace and development.
International Sign Language Day is celebrated on 23rd September every year. The theme for the International Day of Sign Languages 2020 is “Sign Languages are for Everyone“. The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) has issued a Global Leaders Challenge to promote the use of sign languages by local, national, and global leaders. Keeping this theme, GFF Nepal, GFF India and GFF Philippines got together to celebrate the day. During the weekend i.e. 26th and 27th September, storytelling sessions were held where GFF HELPS Philippines Local Representative, Miss Lady PeaceRemaneses who is a volunteer with Deaf community in her hometown taught children an American sign language.
The GFF HELPS Philippines hosted a 2-hour webinar about Online Teaching to twenty-five (25)
employed and unemployed individuals who came from different areas of Western Visayas, Philippines
with Ms. Lady Peace R. Remaneses as the Resource Speaker.
Willyn CarrascalGFF HELPS Webinar: ‘Steps to Becoming An Online Teacher’
In the time of pandemic, it is essential to strengthen our immune system – and vegetables are one of the main sources to it, as the health benefits of these are enormous. People are starting to recognize the importance of growing their own food at home; and it is not new to the rural communities of Aklan.
Willyn CarrascalVegetable Farming in Aklan, Philippines
Teachers are integral part of every learner’s academic development and overall individual growth. Our teachers become our second mothers or fathers, our guides, our mentors, our friends and our role-models. They dedicate their time and energy in ensuring every learner receives the care and education each student deserve. They challenge us, encourage us and inspire us to become a better version of ourselves and for that, we thank all the teachers in the world and recognise they’re doing, especially at this of crisis.
In 2020, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.
Willyn CarrascalGFF HELPS PH Runs Educational Webinars for Teachers
In 2019, GFF HELPS Philippines Team has worked on Solar Project in two new villages following the success of the first Solar Project in Panipiason in January of the same year. Medina and Mamba are neighbouring villages of Panipiason, located in the furthest mountains of Madalag, Aklan. Both villages have only been connected to the main electrical grid two to three years ago. However, many residents, especially those who live very far away from the village centre and those who cannot afford the labour costs are still using kerosene for light at night.
Willyn CarrascalSolar Project Continues in The Philippines
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