19 Jan 2019, Chiang Kai Shek College, Tondo, Manila. On 19 November 2018, Marybelle Tandoc, a student of De La Salle University (DLSU), who had previously invited FEED to conduct a workshop on edible vertical gardens for the mothers their DLSU partner barangay in Caloocan for their National and Services Training Program (NSTP), for which we are very grateful to have received positive feedback from the DLSU academes in charge as well as the mothers in the barangay.
On the 19th of January 2019, 85 girl and boy scouts comprising boys and girls from 10 to 13 years of age from Chiang Kai Shek College Scout Center, I – led by Marybelle Tandoc and team – invited FEED as their speaker/instructor to conduct a workshop on Food Forests and Bio-Intensive Gardening. (Chiang Kai Shek College is where Marybelle graduated high school and until now is an active troop leader of the scout center of the school).
Similar to the training conducted in Caloocan, each scout was provided with a Climate Change 101 basic training on why we need to be concerned and take a stand for a cleaner and greener environment, starting from our selves; then into practical workshops equipped with pots, organic soils and compost, seedlings and seeds for the Chang Kai Shek scouts to nurture while learning how to bring life to native Philippine vegetable crops.
Crop selection was based on available space to place, types of soils, and community needs – once the edible garden produces its own vegetables, seeds in turn are provided for the community to grow and care for in their own homes.
About Chiang Kai Shek College
Chiang Kai Shek is a non-stock, non-profit and non-sectarian private school whose primary objectives are to
- form and train educated, competent leaders for the developing society;
- develop a citizenry prepared and strengthened for nation-building;
serve as nucleus for the interflow of Eastern and Western culture; and
- serve as a working force in the enhancement of Filipino-Chinese friendship and mutual understanding.
Ideally, CKSC education helps shape the student’s potential to the fullest as a human being by tapping his/her innate talent and by inculcating love of country and respect for rules and order, without ignoring the enriching value of internationalism.
To carry out these goals, CKSC challenges the members of its academic community to lead their lives along four Confucian virtues 禮 (li) – propriety, 義 (yi) – righteousness, 廉 (lian) – incorruptibility, and 恥 (chi) – honor.
Concomitant to attaining these values are the cultivation and sustenance of one’s 德 (de) – morality, 智 (zhi) – wisdom, and 體 (ti) – physical well being, so as to foster 群 (qun) – unity. Ultimately, such desiderata help create in the CKSC students/graduates sense of reaching out for 美 (mei) beauty.
CKSC further believes that:
- true education aims at the formation of a person whose ultimate end is to be of service to the society to which he/she belongs
- young people must be helped to develop harmoniously their physical, moral, and intellectual endowments so that they may gradually acquire a mature sense of responsibility in striving endlessly to form their own lives properly and in pursuing true freedom as they surmount the vicissitudes of life with courage and constancy
- all educational institutions shall inculcate patriotism and nationalism, foster love of humanity, respect for human rights, appreciation for the role of national heroes in the historical development of the country, teach the rights and duties of citizenship, strengthen ethical and spiritual values, develop moral character and
- personal discipline, encourage critical and creative thinking, broaden scientific and technological knowledge, and promote vocational efficiency (Philippine Constitution)
- its students should be for the manifold demands of social, scientific, and technological efficiency needed in the field of business, arts, and sciences, and should temper this training with the inculcation of genuine love for work and the virtues of a value-based individual.
More info: https://www.cksc.edu.ph/
FEED runs a number of Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE); Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – such as mangrove planting for coastal protection or ridge reforestation plantings; One Child, One Tree; Bio-Intensive Gardens (BIG) for nutrition in public elementary schools and other spaces; Climate Change Survival 101 and other LIVING LEGACY programs – customised environmental engagement activities for individuals and organisations interested in contributing to climate change adaptation efforts and greening critical areas such as watersheds, ridges, and reefs that all require rehabilitation.
Tree-Planting with FEED: Video
Check out the video journey by Clueless Commuter who planted with us last 24th of June 2017 to get a good idea of how FEED plantings go: https://youtu.be/KROn4rjVqBg
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