Teaching a Community to Fish: A Sustainable Community Livelihood Project

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LCP Rowena Bato

Before the Rotary Transformational Year 2020 – 2021 year ended, Rotary Club of Metro Dasmarinas (RCMD) partnered with Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) in Dasmarinas City, Province of Cavite to create a livelihood program for the academe’s employees and school workers that were affected by the current economic situation.  We were so excited about this livelihood project since it will allow not only to support as a subsidy income to the members but an added value to continued learning since various trainings will be provided.

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Several products were identified to be offered on the initial launch of this project.  The first phase of the project is to assess the participants on what product they will most likely concentrate on.  They will be grouped to identify the kind of training and assistance they will need.  We have tapped third party organizations to conduct the training we set and we are excited to teach the people who wanted to join this community project.  

We had our Memorandum of Agreement we signed to commemorate our partnership in showing that something good can be done in this adversities.

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I always believe in saying that “you teach a man how to fish instead of giving them fish.”  In this project we wanted everyone involved to have their own role since we believe that community participation is one of the pillars of a successful community development project.  We involved every member of the livelihood project to support its goal of sustainable development.  However, due to the current pandemic, social distancing is a must and utmost safety must be put in place and strictly followed.  Having the online platform to conduct meetings really helped to make a follow through.

We just hope that restrictions on face-to-face come to an end for us to follow through the programs and plans we intend to launch to allow the first community livelihood program to be implemented.

At the end of the day, the aim will always be to find ways to serve in ways we know best and pray to Almighty that what we want we aim to achieve be one day come to reality.