Empowerment of marginal farmers especially the youth by implementing an integrated program of water, agro-forestry, health and sanitation support, nutrition and community organizing. Capacity-building, local leadership development and gender and development cuts across our initiatives. Our main goal is for these families to live dignified lives, fully participating in the life of the community by improving their overall social and economic situation.
The main problem is that hardest hit survivors of Typhoon Haiyan who are of school age have not gone to school because their assets are gone or they lost their parents. They are prey to criminal syndicates in Leyte victimizing the youths especially the girls and enticing them to supposedly lucrative jobs in the city such as Manila but they end up in prostitution dens. There is a need to send these students back to school.
Sending the drop-outs back to school especially women and girls is a way out to this very difficult and de-humanizing predicament. All this needs is tuition fee, supplies and allowance for the returning students.
When the returning students finally graduates, they will be able to assist re-build the severely damaged areas through their skills and knowledge. Best of all they will be useful again as compared to the present where they are potential victims of criminal gangs preying on hapless survivors in Leyte.