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On being a facilitator

 

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MEAL Volunteers and Red Cross Staffs work out a participatory session together in preparation for their facilitators role in the DEC Evaluation.

Just last Friday, my team, MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Leaning Unit of the PRC-Haiyan Recovery Program in Iloilo supported by the British Red Cross) celebrated the end of the participatory evaluation conducted for the Livelihoods and Shelter support provided inthe Municipalities of Ajuy and Balasan. It capped several weeks of preparation and field work, daily debriefings, which gave us the opportunity to reach 721 community people in 13 barangays for the part of the program  funded by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). 

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Tiny green island love

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I’m generating renewable energy! No, actually, I was giving in to the orders of the photog.   Taken by my soul brother, prize-winning photographer Haresh Tanodra.

I love this tiny green island sorrounded by the sea! That’s all I can say about Guimaras Island in Western Visayas, Philippines. It’s only a stone’s throw away from where I live, an hour away in fact, and another 20 minutes by boat. So my little family visited again after Christmas, and stayed at our friend’s Vegetarian Bed and Breakfast place called ‘Balay Bato’. We had collective meditation after a glorious kiirtan. Then we binged on their lovely indigenous vegan dishes and watched Play for Change videos. The kids played their Magic Cards and goofed around with the cat and dog who we befriended on our last visit.

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It’s all about love

September 22 was all about love. The super busy day started as I woke up very early to go withMISSION Iloilo’s HermzGacho and his Environmental Science Class for their participation in theInternational Coastal Clean Up. I joined primarily to observe and I volunteered to fill up our group’s form. We covered only a few meters along the beach near Molo Blvd., but we filled up several sacks of garbage. I’ve always loved the sea, but now I’m finding I pity it more. I hope people would care more for the seas every day of the year and not only during clean up events. Continue reading


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It’s Freedom Day!

You might be surprised to find that we already trasfered to Zarraga, Iloilo. It was a long time in the making decision before we finally took the leap in early June. The move was primarily to give our son Toni an opportunity to attend a Steiner school, the Gamot Cogon School located at Libongcogon, Zarraga. I will write a separate post about this soon but for now I would like to share about a wonderful news for Zarraga and the planet. Continue reading