Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | Social Responsibility |
As part of MicroSourcing's CSR, MicroMissions, together with Nature Club and in partnership with MAD Travel, organized a tree planting activity entitled Treks and Tribe. A total of 35 volunteers were given the opportunity to participate in the said activity.
The purpose of Treks and Tribe was to help fight climate change by rebuilding a 3,000-hectare rainforest that will provide food, medicine, and sustainable income for the Aeta community.
At 2:00 AM of November 10, 2018, vans from different MS sites were already on the road for a five-hour journey to San Felipe, Zambales. Once settled at Circle Hostel and before heading to the jump-off, a quick briefing was conducted by Andrea, the MAD Chief Experience Officer.
Upon arrival at the jump off after an hour of a bumpy ride to meet the guides, volunteers started with the trek to the nursery. The supposed to be one-hour trek was doubled because it was already sunny and since it was an open trail, the temperature has become a challenge for some volunteers. Some walked on foot, while others had to ride the carabao cart. Not to mention that the trek also includes few river crossings.
With two hours spent at the nursery, volunteers were able to plant 1,100 seedlings. A morning snack – ube chips and tanglad (lemon grass) tea cooked by the villagers were served to the volunteers before continuing with the trek, this time to the Yangil Tribe village.
At the village, volunteers were treated to a sumptuous lunch. They also got a glimpse of the life of a Yangil Tribe through archery, the tribe's method of hunting food in the forest. It was also a time for the volunteers to mingle with the people of the community. Some volunteers played with the children, while some bought goods made by the Aetas.
Volunteers boarded the carabao cart on the way back to the jump-off. It was already after lunch and the sun was scorching hot, so it was not advisable to walk. To cap off the activity, dinner was prepared at Chief Iking's house, the tribe's chieftain.
Volunteers headed back to Manila with a tired body but a fulfilled soul and a happy heart.
This article by Paula Africa was originally published in the MicroSourcing Newsletter.