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BENEFICIARIES OF THIS FUNDRAISER:

1. Teaching The Next Generation of Planet Protectors: Environmental Education for 100 Children

The next generation - our children and our grandchildren - are the future, and we want to help equip them for the future that they are about to face. We believe that love and appreciation for the environment and for all beings that live on this planet start from childhood. This is the reason why it is very important to us to work with the academe to promote environmental consciousness and encourage environmental action among the youth. Experiencing first-hand the wonder of nature and knowing more about our interconnectedness shape habits, mindsets, lifestyles, and behavior in children, and our Environmental Education team provides “turo” sessions around the country in order to share this with more students every day. With your generous support, 100 students will learn from our biodiversity and conservation module where they will be taught about the interrelationships of various components in the environment, as well as different wildlife species and their habitats. At a young age, they will be trained to integrate the environment in the different aspects of their lives, which will help and encourage them to take the initiative to protect our environment, and in doing so, to protect their fellow Filipinos and their country. As a supporter, YOU can get the chance to join the turo sessions and to help teach the next generation of planet protectors! By donating to this cause, you can get the chance to join our Environmental Education team and be selected to serve as an environmental teacher for a day!

2. Help Feed our 209 Partner Dumagats and their Families in Ipo Watershed
The Ipo Watershed is a vital link in the Angat-Umiray-Ipo watersheds system which supplies around 96% of the water needs of Metro Manila. The protection of this area is crucial in ensuring water security for us and for future generations of Filipinos – and for this we have the partner Dumagats of the watershed to thank. The global COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm, and its effects have been felt by the entire Philippines. Although there are no reported cases of the disease in the community, the pandemic - and the lockdowns that have followed in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 - has affected the livelihoods of the partner Dumagats of the Ipo Watershed, with most of them serving as the environmental frontliner of the area. Our partner Dumagats are in-charge of patrolling the 6,600 hectares of forest land that surrounds the area. Despite the lockdowns, the partner Dumagats continue to patrol in order to protect our forests.  Now more than ever, the partner Dumagats of the Ipo Watershed need our help. Your generosity will go a long way in supporting our environmental frontliners in Bulacan during these challenging times. Your contribution will help us provide food assistance to 209 families and give them new, proper equipment that they would need to continue protecting the forest. Together, let’s feed our partner Dumagats and their families, people who continue to #ChangeTheEnding every day for us and for the planet, with the work that they do to safeguard our water source.

3. Project Silong: For the victims of Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses who were left with no homes to return to, no boats for livelihood. They need our help!  
WWF-Philippines has been working in Lagonoy Gulf, which covers the Provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes, since 2011, and has a deep and strong relationship with its fishing communities. These communities have been at the forefront of many of our efforts on sustainable fishing practices, from initiatives to prevent post-harvest losses, to social enterprise development, to important innovations in seafood traceability. The artisanal fishers of Lagonoy Gulf belong to a client group of small-scale tuna fishers that has entered full MSC assessment. This makes them the first group of small-scale fishers in the country to undergo the process. The fishing communities of Lagonoy Gulf have been true partners in our work for sustainable fisheries, and are considered both as models of responsible fishing practices - and among the most vulnerable to violent storms and climate change. Small-scale fisherfolk are unfortunately disproportionately affected by such events. Still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and battered by one heavy storm after another, it is difficult for them not to feel hopeless over their situation.With the recent Supertyphoon Rolly (international name: Goni) and Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) hundreds of families were left without roofs above their heads, boats were completely destroyed and unable to continue with their livelihoods. WWF local staff located in the Lagonoy Gulf area were also affected by the supertyphoon, though they have been able to act swiftly to conduct in-person rapid assessments in affected fishing communities, consulting and coordinating with the communities about the kind of immediate and mid-term support that they would need. With your support, you can help us purchase and distribute necessary materials and supplies to our affected communities, to help them rebuild as they work themselves back up on their own two feet.

Together, let us #ChangeTheEnding for our fellow Filipinos and #BuildBackBetter communities that are more sustainable and climate-resilient. Donate now!

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