by: Ida Mandinyenya
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | Social Responsibility |
"MicroSourcing employees are so warmhearted and we at GreenEarth Heritage Foundation are so pleased to see the younger generation play an active role in supporting environmental conservation projects in the Philippines" - Aileen Deocampo (Farm Manager and Site Administrator)
MicroMissions travelled to the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains with 30 volunteers for an enriching and meaningful excursion at a sustainable agricultural development farm that is advocating for a better tomorrow. The Sierra Madre Mountains are said to be the largest remaining region of old-growth tropical forests in the Philippines. However, their biodiversity is threatened by human activities that include illegal logging and charcoal-making syndicates, land grabbing, and land clearing practices by subsistence farmers.
Aside from promoting good agricultural practices, the GreenEarth Heritage Foundation is creating livelihood opportunities for the rural poor, and farmers’ children now have the opportunity to access good education.
MicroMissions is delighted to partner with GreenEarth Heritage Foundation for tree planting day which has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition. This year, MicroSourcing planted 170 narra trees in the GreenEarth terrain. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to Max Power for his kind donation of two narra trees.
Furthermore, we are thankful to the following employees who also contributed to restoring the forest:
Marcy Ricci Rivera, Kariktan May Mingoa, Rowena Munoz, Finella Panlilio, Joannah Kris Aguas, Elisha Yvonne M. Velasco, Ma. Joyvie Erispe, Aimee Valencia, Jan Cyrill Dimaranan, Christian Cailo, Gianina Santiago, Maria Salome Del Rosario, Maria Lourdes G. Casiño, Rovie Ann Hawang, Cyrilline Jamille J. Borromeo, Melonee Ann C. Saneo, Psalms Selah R. Mangulabnan, Jackelyn Banzon, Amy Estavillo, Helena Uy, Zaldy A. Danao Jr., Lalaine M. Villegas, Tomas E. Arceo Jr., and Paul Riparip.
During the visit to GreenEarth farm, volunteers were led on a tour by Aileen Deocampo, Farm Manager and Site Administrator, and had the opportunity to see some of the narra trees planted last year. MicroMissions is inspired by Aileen's commitment to sustainable development and there was much to learn from her about rainwater catchment tanks in drought-prone areas, the use of solar energy, and best practices for reusing waste.
Later, volunteers had the opportunity to interact with the farmers' children, some of whom remembered the employees who had visited a year ago. It was touching to see the smiles on their faces during the arts and crafts activity that included balloon twisting and making 'Hello Kitty' and 'Angry Birds' from toilet paper rolls.
The day was a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge while drinking Moringa tea and most importantly, give back to Mother Nature. MicroSourcing values GreenEarth’s mission to preserve the environment and we are thankful for the opportunity to be part of replenishing the Sierra Madre forest.
The GreenEarth Heritage farm is open to the public and if you would like to organize a similar activity or purchase their organically certified Moringa tea, please visit their website or send us a message and we would be glad to assist.