Datu Wali Mission Ongoing Projects

Books for Schools

Community Garden &

Nutrition

One objective in coming to Southern Mindanao was to help influence better nutrition, especially among children. Early in our presence here we supplied food to elderly persons who had been abandoned or abused by their children. We now demonstrate home gardening techniques so villagers can raise their own food, often in quantities that permit the sale of their surplus for cash. We currently have 3 acres of land devoted entirely to a community garden managed by Aurea Evans. Local villagers do light labor in exchange for free vegetables. The garden also sells vegetables at less than wholesale to other villagers. The surplus is sent to the town market. Surplus sales make the farm self-sustaining, as the proceeds pay for seed and fertilizer. This project, started in 2013, has improved the nutrition of villagers near our mission and also served as a livelihood project. Click the photos to enlarge.
Aurea driving garden tractor Aurea checking Chinese Green Beans Dan demonstrating the hand cultivator he built Garden plot Nursery Community Garden Headquarters and rest shack Nursery Trellises of Chinese Green Beans Peppers Village lady and garden volunteer, trying the hand cultivator
When we arrived, we found that few schools in our area had books for children learning to read. Only recently did the Department of Education provide text books. After our arrival, we served as the local arm of a Filipino-American organization that shipped books, but the volume was limited due to the great expense (shipping costs for each box exceeded $100). A few years ago we were introduced to the head of the LBC Foundation, the charitable arm of a Filipino-owned shipping company. We now partner with them in shipping used books from the U.S. to our mission at no cost. An estimated 7,000 common library books, encyclopedias, early childhood resources, and text books (which are used as teacher resources) have been distributed. To participate in this project, click the buttons below to download guidelines and a poster file that you can take to a local printshop. Many of our partners set up book collection boxes at their places of employment, churches, clubs, public libraries, grocery stores, gymns and the like. Click the photos to enlarge.
Delivering books to Maitum Public Library, used by four schools Deliverying books to a high school in Maitum Teachers and students receiving a delivery of books Students looking at books delivered in Maitum Dan explaining the source of books A large delivery of books to the Maitum public library Teachers at Perrett Elementary school receiving teacher's resource materials Poster Poster Guidelines Guidelines

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