ZABIDA rehabs Tetuan Central School Vegetable Garden PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 November 2014 10:32

Gardening, aside from being a hobby, is one best therapy treatments for people. Efforts from preparing the soil, planting the seeds, watering the sprouts, and waiting for the plants to grow, is an exhilarating experience. It symbolizes hope – as the saying goes, if we plant, we harvest.

Today, Pep Talk has an inspirational gardening experience story to tell as shared by Karel Mellanes of ZABIDA (Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance). Two months ago, with Reach Out to Otthers Foundation (ROOF) as their partner, they had an environmental friendly gardening project in Tetuan Central School (TCS). The main noble purpose is to recover the school's vegetable garden. Like its classrooms, the school’s garden were damaged and left in disarrayed when the evacuees of the Zamboanga 2013 siege, who stayed there, left.

The school principal, teachers, and students as well with the assistance of the 4Ps beneficiaries of DSWD worked together to see to it that the project will bloom.  Now all their collaborative efforts are bearing green organic vegetables. The planted seedlings are now green leafy products – a sight to behold - ready for harvest.

The sweats from the heat of the sun, the dirt from the soil, the energies drained, the back and forth monitoring of the garden are now starting to pay off, Karel beams with pride. She credits also ZABIDA’s partners, MYDev (Mindanao Youth for Development) and KKI, for the success of the project.

If only the plants could talk, Karel said they’ll probably say, “Look, we are greener.” The garden would agree and add, “We are rehabilitated and we have recovered.”

The moral lesson from this story is for Zamboanga City: If the people of this city even outsiders will work together, it can help build a better Zamboanga City. Instead of creating conflicts, plant peace and harvest prosperity.

(Photo credits to Khamz Ansain).

By Dante Corteza

Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.”

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 15:12