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May 2, 2022

Volunteers visit Davao banana farming project, distribute rice to indigenous families

This agricultural project is part of Tzu Chi’s poverty alleviation program for Davao’s indigenous communities.

 

By Ben Baquilod

 

 

Tzu Chi Davao volunteers went to Talaingod, Davao Del Norte on May 1 as part of their monthly monitoring of the banana farming project. This initiative is part of Tzu Chi’s poverty alleviation program for the indigenous tribes of the province.

 

In January, Davao volunteers started the project and planted 2,500 banana seedlings with the farmers’ families in a 52-hectare land. On Sunday, 21 Davao volunteers including commissioners, apprentices, and Tzu Chi youth set off on a 3-hour trip to Talaingod—trekking mountains and crossing rivers to revisit the farm.

 

Volunteers were happy to see the trees growing and thriving. They helped weed the farm, dug soil, plant additional seeds, and consulted agricultural experts. The farmers expect the trees to yield sweet fruits by next year.

 

To make the most of their visit, with the Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s blessing, volunteers also gifted the 45 indigenous families with rice from Taiwan, each family received 20 kilos of rice.

 

Moreover, volunteers distributed vegetable buns and candies, much to the delight of the farmers’ children. “Looking at the smiles of the children, it turns out that happiness is just as simple as that,” says one Tzu Chi volunteer

 

He adds, quoting Master Cheng Yen, “Only after seeing suffering, can you understand compassion. And when you have planted goodness, you will know how to help the world.”

Tzu Chi volunteers (standing, back row) pose with members of the indigenous community during their farm visit and rice distribution in Talaingod, Davao del Norte on May 1, 2022. Tzu Chi volunteers (standing, back row) pose with members of the indigenous community during their farm visit and rice distribution in Talaingod, Davao del Norte on May 1, 2022.
Volunteers travel more than three hours through mountainous roads to reach their destination. Volunteers travel more than three hours through mountainous roads to reach their destination.
Volunteers cross a river on their way to the banana farming site in Talaingod, Davao del Norte. Volunteers cross a river on their way to the banana farming site in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.
Volunteer poses for a phot with a growing banana tree, planted three months ago. Volunteer poses for a phot with a growing banana tree, planted three months ago.
Volunteer helps remove weeds from a banana tree during their monthly visit to the banana farming project. Volunteer helps remove weeds from a banana tree during their monthly visit to the banana farming project.
Volunteer helps remove weeds from a banana tree during their monthly visit to the banana farming project. Volunteer helps remove weeds from a banana tree during their monthly visit to the banana farming project.
As a sign of respect and gratitude, volunteer bows as she gives two 10-kg sacks of rice to a beneficiary. As a sign of respect and gratitude, volunteer bows as she gives two 10-kg sacks of rice to a beneficiary.
Volunteer hands out two 10-kg sacks of rice to a beneficiary. Volunteer hands out two 10-kg sacks of rice to a beneficiary.
Volunteers distribute vegetable buns and candies to the farmers’ children. Volunteers distribute vegetable buns and candies to the farmers’ children.
Farmers’ children are happy to receive vegetable buns from Tzu Chi volunteers. Farmers’ children are happy to receive vegetable buns from Tzu Chi volunteers.
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