PHILLIPPINES:
Working On The Enchanted Farm

December 12, 2016

The stated goal of Gawad Kalinga (GK) is to bring five million Filipino families out of poverty by 2024. I will spend two days in their farm ‘The Enchanted Farm’, which is much more than just agriculture. They have a wide range of social entrepreneurship projects, and there is also a university in the place where young people from poor families to educate themselves for free via scholarships.I also meet Rafael Dionisio, the founder and leader of MAD Travel, which arranges trips to Gawad Kalinga’s many projects.

I also meet Rafael Dionisio, the founder and leader of MAD Travel, which arranges trips to Gawad Kalinga’s many projects.

LINKS:
The Enchanted Farm. Click here.
MAD Travel. Click here.
One of Mel Hatties article from this trip. Click here.

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Multi-crop planting, like these banana trees (left) and sugarcane (right) mean fields more resistant to typhoon destruction. Photo: MEL HATTIE
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Two of Dabuan’s children: Rutchel, 3, and Elor, 5. Photo: MEL HATTIE
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Anielyn Dabuan sits in her ice candy shop with three of her children. Photo: MEL HATTIE
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Cassandra Dabuan, 7, plays with a foreign guest’s camera. Photo: MEL HATTIE
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Ready for Boodle Fight
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Rice, vegetables and meat sauce on banana leaves.

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Children play in a Gawad Kalinga village in Quezon City. One-third of the population is less than 15 years old. Photo: MEL HATTIE

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Tagging goats

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Here are some of the houses that was built for the local people living on the farm – like the ones we were building the day before.

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We got the chance to make our own plush toy – a small heart.
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Tita Fay is a founding member of a venture called Plush n’ Play. The vegetable-shaped toys encourage children to eat more vegetables. Like many women in Angat, she was left unemployed when the textile factories in the area suddenly closed. Photo: MEL HATTIE

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Tito Jun uses African nightcrawler worms to create fertilized compost. Tito means ‘uncle’ and he insists everyone call him that. Photo: MEL HATTIE

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Anielyn charges between 7 and 10 pesos per popsicle. Photo: MEL HATTIE Here are some of the other products Gawad Kalinga produces:

 

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This is where we were staying. The small “hotel” as a part of The Enchanted Farm.

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Gawad Kalinga’s mission statements are written on the wall.

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