Earlier this year, I spent 3 months in the Philippines on a volunteering stint as a response to Super Typhoon Haiyan. After hearing about Earthships from a mate I was fruit picking with, I made a snap decision that 3 weeks later, had me sweating my bollocks off in the bowels of typhoon ravaged Leyte.
In 10 days, we had erected a sustainablely built, typhoon proof structure for the local community. I ended up staying in Batug for around 3 months with a local Filipino charity “The Earth Village Project”(EVP). The warmth, hospitality and gratitude of my Filipino mates is something that I will not forget.
While I was in the Philippines I managed with the help of some friends to crowdfund enough coin to set up a bit of a guitar library for the kids to have a chance to appreciate music. My hope was that as volunteers come through EVP, inevitably there will be a few musicians who could spend a bit of time with the kids to share a bit of music with them (if there are any musicians keen to come and spend some time with the locals and play some music get on board!).
I am heading back to the Philippines in February to help with the second and final hit on the Earthship. I’m also hoping to visit a permaculture farm has been working with typhoon victims to move towards a sustainable, permaculturally based recovery.
The funds I raise will go towards my Earthship tuition fee, airfare to the Philippines and community projects in Batug, first and foremost. I’d like to spread as much of the love over there as I can, but if I’m on the bones of my arse financially I might use a little bit to keep me kicking along to the next project after the Philippines. I’m not just trying to get a free holiday out of this crowdfunder.
I'm not very good at computer stuff so I've uploaded the photos of all the reward levels for the contributions to an album on my facebook page. This is the link so have a look and see if anything there tickles your fancy . https://www.facebook.com/jim.martin.94009/media_set?set=a.10152429124857014.1073741830.610557013&type=1
Right now a similar sized typhoon (Ruby) is bearing down on the island of Leyte. We can only hope that the bunker is large enough to provide protection to the people of Batug. Having a bit of coin to help get more typhoon resistant buildings in place once this typhoon season is over would be a great help to all the people of Batug.