When a struggling young man decided to persevere amidst a series of personal disappointments and loss, it gave birth to organization called Young Educators of Mapulang. Transforming grief from the death of his father into inspiration to help others, this young man, now known to his students as Kuya Vanjo, launched the project Lupa the project YESkwela Kalsada PLUS Nina Ate at Kuya.
When the members of the Watershed Management Youth Council (WMYC) learned that the natural course of the Tamugan-Panigan River in Davao is threatened with plans for the construction of a Hydroelectric Powerplant, they were very much alarmed. The information came to them as they already knew of a study projecting the demand for water in 2011 will equal supply and that the only other viable source of potabe water is the threatened Tamugan-Panigan River.
A name like Terrestrial And Aquatic Restorations By Students Immersed In Environmental Reforms or TARSIER would surely spark the interest of many. However, the success of this small school-based organization from the Visayas State University (VSU) was of that of the little-tugboat-that-could, having started with simply the will to help even amidst scant resources.
The Student Nurses Association of the Philippines (SNAP) of the West Visayas State University is part of a nationwide association of nursing students. Their project aptly dubbed HEART or Health and Education Action Reform Thrusts is a year-round health awareness campaign consisting of three components namely Araw Pambata, Health Forum and Healthy Environment for a Reform Tomorrow. HEART served as an avenue where the nursing students were able to help their community in Iloilo City by applying the knowledge and skills they learned in school.
Youth Solidarity for Peace or YSP was formally established in 2008, stemming from a youth movement advocating the Culture of Peace and fighting against discrimination across cultures like Muslims, Yakan, Christians and Indigenous People. In an area perceived to be conflict-ridden, YSP now serves as the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ). Hence, the name of the project PAZ for SMILE.
Established in 1999 through the initiative of two Peace Corps volunteers, the Palawan Conservation Corps or PCC is now a non-profit, non-government organization that works to help underprivileged youth who are forced to stop schooling due to poverty, and more often than not, have resorted to earning money through means that are harmful to the environment. The organization works to rear and develop these OSY by teaching them marketable skills in conservation.
Nursing Nature is the advocacy program on environmental awareness, protection, and preservation of the UST Nursing Central Board of Students (NCBS). Launched in June 2008, the school-based program is implemented through a 3-part scheme consisting of Awareness, Action, and Advocacy.
Vermicomposting is a technology that transforms degradable wastes and manure into high quality organic fertilizer using earthworms. Compost generated from the process reduces the need for pesticide because this method allows nutrients to be readily absorbed by the plant and remain intact in the soil. Such was the vision of the Catuguing Palayamanan 4-H Working Youth Club of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, when members ventured into their Vermicomposting Project.
Ateneo Task Force 2010 or ATF 2010 is a project that was launched through the combined efforts of 3 main organizations within the Ateneo de Manila University— the Sanggunian, Ateneo Residents Association (ARSA), and Council of Organizations of the Ateneo (COA). Spearheaded by the Sanggunian, the project focuses on student/youth involvement during last year’s National Elections.
Clean water and proper sanitation is a common problem in marginal areas here in the Philippines. A common solution, however, is not always as simple when the area of concern is beyond the reach of conventional modes of transportation. But this did not deter the Association of Locally Empowered Youth – Northern Mindanao (ALEY-NM) in taking on the Ecological Sanitation and Rainwater Conservation Project.