BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar – Many farmers — who were left poverty-stricken after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda in November 08, 2013 — were given hope by ZOA Netherlands.
In the accomplishment report given on 20 July 2016 at the Eastern Samar Provincial Capitol Gym as a part of closing their two-year mission in the province, up to 1,058 farmers in 13 barangays from Giporlos, Quinapondan, Gen. McArthur, Hernani, Balangiga, Balangkayan, and San Julian, received aid from the said NGO through relief goods, shelter pojects, and livelihood programs.
According to ZOA Eastern Samar Provincial Manager Ms. Reabeth Sagaoinit, all in all, they were able to distribute 26 kilos of rice to every beneficiary— that reached up to more than a thousand— and almost 900 houses through the shelter program, as well as the more than a thousand farm tool kits and farm inputs in every farming season.
They had also given training for the beneficiaries to learn of proper farming and business management and as well as the selling of their products.
Aside from these, ZOA also gave training on disaster risk reduction in order for their beneficiaries to survive and continue to make a living in times of calamity.
According to Sagaoinit, ZOA had also become a bridge of the farmers to government agencies and other non-government organizations for additional aid. In the said occasion were testimonies from the selected beneficiaries of housing and livelihood program giving their word of thanks.
According to Chairperson Anna Lorenza Andaya of Barangay Bunakan, San-Julian, Eastern Samar, she was happy when ZOA informed her that her barangay was one of the recipients of their program which was able to help them rise from calamity. Because of this, one of their residents — who is a beneficiary of the program as well — Mr. Alfredo Andaya, now earns 60,000 in every cropping season of planting bitter gourd.
Meanwhile, Barangay Bunakan Councilor Mr. Oscar Camaysi was able to buy two carabaos just from planting bitter gourd after he was taught by the ZOA.
In her final message, Mrs. Ida Cabaluna, ZOA Country Representative, said that they are hoping that the beneficiaries will sustain their programs implemented for total rise from poverty among farmers.
She also thanked the Eastern Samar Provincial Government which helped to ensure that the implementation of the programs of ZOA in Eastern Samar will be successful. (Samuel D. Candido/PIA-E. Samar)