A Better Chance Foundation teams up with other foundations which have good projects that benefit a community or group of people. Today, friends of ours at ALC Foundationhave embarked on an important project and it might be of interest to you or friends of yours. For a multitude of reasons they have started on a bamboo planting program that will begin in Rizal Province and parts of Eastern Metro Manila and in due course the project will go nationwide.
Why bamboo? There are a lot of reasons:
1. Bamboo is very fast growing and when you cut it down, it grows again! Bamboo is part of the grass family.
2. It helps to clean the air we breathe.
3. Bamboo will help reduce soil erosion and flooding.
4. Forests can be rebuilt.
5. Harvestable crops of bamboo can be used for:
climate change mitigation
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ALC Foundation is managed by Founder / Chairman Alan Cristobal and Gerlie Katimbang. Either of them would be glad to hear from you and can provide you with further details on their foundation’s bamboo project. For more information, please visit their website here.
Cash always helps causes like these but there are many ways to help out. ABC Foundation has found spaces in schools to plant bamboo and volunteered our scholars to help plant the bamboo. We’ve also found 2 large parcels of land for possible use as nurseries.
ALC Foundation has a bamboo nursery in Marikina City. Initial supplies of seedlings will come from this nursery. Chairman Alan Cristobal is available to answer questions and the most often asked question is “how much?” The answer is one bamboo seedling costs P80 (about US$2.00).
On September 15, 2013, at 7:30am, ALC Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Claret Urban Poor Apostolate (CUPA), Cottage Industry Technology Center (CITC-DTI) and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) will plant 1,000 Bamboo seedlings and conduct a community clean-up in CUPA Community Southville 8B, Brgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal. Southville 8B is a relocation site located near Montalban River which is frequently affected by excessive flooding during the rainy season. By planting 1,000 Bamboo seedlings, ALC strives to mitigate, if not totally prevent, future flooding which affects the thousands of families residing in the area.
The Bamboo Planting event will also include the blessing of a Multi-Purpose Center made entirely of bamboo, called “Bahay Ugnayan” sponosored by ALCF.
ALC Foundation Chairman Alan Cristobal is at [email protected] ready to assist you any time.