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In the last three-years:

  • 20 workshops were completed on disaster-resilient food security; 609 people were trained.
  • 557 families implemented and adapted at least one new food security option.

Jessica says, one of the highlights of this project for me is the food security component, which is aimed at getting families to invest in ways to grow or store food that will withstand natural disasters. One of the main activities has been backyard gardening. We’ve worked with people to build structures that raise their crops off the ground, essentially hanging gardens, so that they won’t lose their crops when it floods. The communities were hit by Typhoon Bopha in 2012 and sustain as many as seven floods a season. The whole area is low lying, so they end up having to evacuate again and again, with flood waters rising halfway into their homes. 

Again, we want to say a big thanks to the support of generous donors like you and our teams on the ground and lastly share Jocelyn’s story.

Jocelyn is a stellar example of what can happen when you plant the seeds of change. She told Jess that one day when her neighbours noticed that her crops had survived recent floods, they started to copy her and started using hanging-style plants in their own garden! Jocelyn has used old coconuts, shoes, cloth bags, anything that she can turn into a pot that will retain moisture effectively. She’s diversified into different crops and now sells spring onions, eggplants and chilli at the community market. Her garden continues to grow and she has been able to start saving money to purchase insurance for her family’s house and family health in the event of a flood.