The five communities GIYF-FFS serves are within the priority municipalities for services due to high poverty indicators including low access to education, high incidence of malnutrition, inadequate potable water and low income. Within these communities 75% of families are dependent on agriculture. These five communities of Oriental Mindoro are...
The following statistics were gathered from a socio/economic survey conducted in late 2009 aimed at the families of GIYF-FFS.
Average monthly household income:
Average household member size: 7
41% of families live without electricity
49% of families don’t have access to running water in their homes
37% live in their home and lot for free (squatting)
Do the math and you will realize that on average families from GIYF-FFS are having to provide for a household of 7 with only around f $3.00 a day.
These families are forced to pursue small scale family farming on small plots of land with very limited resources and funds in order to feed themselves and the community. GIYF-FFS offers a helping hand on many levels but most importantly provides these communities with a platform to initiate change and a brighter future.
A school parent on site at his organic rice crop with teacher Pong
The school farmer Milo's son with his friend.
- Approximately 40 percent of Filipinos are engaged in farming
- Philippines remain a rural agricultural economy.
- Most farmers have received only the most rudimentary of education, at most, elementary schooling.
- Lack of education has been cited as one of the reasons for the continuing poverty of our people.