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16/17 MCARE – Helping Rural Farmers Learn Sustainable Farming to be Independent

Finish building provide farmers with needed training and workshops to learn organic and sustainable farming

The Situation

Farmers in war-torn Mindanao, Philippines, were experiencing lower crop yields as their land became more acidic due to pesticides.

Sisters’ Response

The sisters founded the Mercy Center for Alternative Re-Creation of Earth (MCARE). For five years the sisters have provided an environment to teach the farmers about organic farming through workshops, training seminars, and meetings. They have organic gardens, are raising organic animals, and teaching ecologically sustainable practices for forestry and fishing.  

Many workshops last two to three days, and participants travel from far-flung areas, staying wherever they can find shelter. The sisters are building a simple, environmentally friendly bamboo structure with a cement base where participants can stay and learn. The building will have a capacity for workshops, overnight housing and indoor plumbing for 30 visitors at a time. The building will also function as a center for women’s empowerment groups and Catholic catechesis.

Funds Needed: $10,000

How funds will be used:

  • $4,000 to complete walls
  • $4,000 to complete interior design
  • $2,000 for furnishings and solar-powered panels

Systemic Impact

Rural farmers will learn sustainable environmental practices while achieving sustainable development.

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