To help families rise from the economic crisis brought by the pandemic, we have forged a partnership with the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) to establish community gardens as a source of food and livelihood.

After a series of soil testing and ocular inspections, we have identified the communities in Taguig City; Habitat Pasig 2, Pasig City; and Sterling as pilot locations for the urban gardening project. DA-BPI has also conducted capacity development training to help the homeowners grow a variety of seedlings and maintain the garden, increasing food security in the communities amidst the pandemic.

In partnership with the Christian Blind Mission and the University of the Philippines PsychSoc, we conducted a series of wellness training in the Sterling Park Community in Caloocan City. Participated by 120 families, the three-month face-to-face and online sessions focused on Good Parenting, Gender Based Violence, Psychological First Aid, and Community Leadership, helping families overcome the psycho-social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic especially on mental health.

With dedication and continuous support from different stakeholders, we remain committed to helping more families and communities cope with the challenges of the pandemic.