Overcoming ‘hindrance’ on Cebu’s model farm
Agriculture and Livestock | Print
In Cebu, Philippines, a two-acre model farm recently opened as a means of educating residents from six mountain villages in agriculture. The project director reports that the name of the school with which the farm is linked means “hindrance” in the local language, but God has overcome many hindrances to get the program underway.
For instance, shortly after teaching sessions began on Oct. 7, a 7.2 earthquake hit the Visayan Islands, where the school is located. The quake destroyed the front of the building used for teaching, and the BGR partners running the program had to bring in tents to use as temporary classrooms. Yet, teaching continued while they made repairs.
Some of the local teachers assisting the project also mistakenly believed the students were being used as free labor and the farm staff would enjoy the produce. The teachers were amazed to learn the farm has its own budget and workers and that the students would be trained to develop their own land so their families would enjoy better lives and have hope for the future. Donors have provided several pieces of much-needed equipment for the farm, as well as a love gift that will allow each local teacher to receive some extra compensation for the additional load they will carry as they meet weekly with the students.
“God is good, and he is always at work around us,” the project director says. “It's fun to listen and watch to see what he is doing, and then join him. Watch and join him where you are! He's surely at work!”
Now, the farm has 27 students, all known as “bugoys” or “tough guys.” They have previously shunned education and responsibility, but for some reason, they have decided to return to the classroom to gain skill in agriculture.
Overall, the project director says, this endeavor has become a true model farm, attracting visitors with curiousity about hillside farming.