Through our products and workshops, we fund livelihood projects of local communities in the Philippines. The focus is on two causes that are close to our hearts: rewilding our forests & helping people learn.
The Yangil Community
Through Make A Difference Travel (MAD Travel), the Yangil community has been our advocacy partner since 2018. MAD Travel’s founder Raf Dionisio told us about their reforestation project and we were eager to be involved. Through the effort of various partners, the community is given seeds and tools for the soil. In return, the Aeta farmers plant trees in the barren mountains of their ancestral domain, an effort that benefits not just the tribe, but future generations. Proceeds from our past planners were used to purchase seeds and some of them are now fully grown trees.
The LAKAS community in Botolan has been our partner since 2019. Their mission is to preserve and respect the Aeta culture through programs such as education and organic agriculture. Their community built one of the first indigenous people managed schools supported by the department of education. Proceeds from our past planners were used to build their daycare center.
In collaboration with Eco Explorations, we created wildlife bands as a way to raise awareness for some of our endemic, critically-endangered wildlife of the Philippines and to raise funds for conservation work. A portion of the proceeds went to the operations of the Tamaraw Conservation Program and the Philippine Eagle Foundation.
The Artists' Promise
In 2020, we established The Artists' Promise in collaboration with For The Future and 50 local artists. We published two e-books to support both the front liners and those greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We raised over PHP 292,000 and distributed the aid to several relief efforts.
In collaboration with Forest Foundation Philippines, 50% of the proceeds of Places That Move Us journal were donated to NTFP-EP Philippines. Donation will be used to co-fund Sitio Impahanong Rainforestation Plan. The money will be used to help establish their community tree nursery to support their Citronella essential oil enterprise.
The best way to help other people is to listen first. Instead of thinking of solutions you can bring, notice what they are already doing. We believe in long term partnerships, we are constantly looking for ways to add value to the advocacies we believe in.