In the Philippines, there is a strong connection between sponsorship and care for the environment, so Earth Day is an occasion for celebration in the Unbound community.
Since 1992, families of sponsored children have come together every year on Earth Day for a tree-planting ceremony. The celebration has grown over the years. Families now get together to share seedlings, clean up local waterways and make bokashi balls, pieces of organic matter that help clean bodies of water. Members of the community also learn from local advocates for the environment and celebrate the earth through music and dance.
Many families in the Philippines make their living from the earth’s resources through fishing, farming and other livelihoods — so caring for the earth is essential. In the Unbound program in Antipolo, social workers and staff help train families on ways to care for the earth, incorporating environmental action into work plans and daily life.
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“The sponsorship program includes values formation and training with the component to develop greater ecological consciousness that advocates involvement of sponsored families on care for the environment and natural resources,” said Malou Navio, program coordinator in Antipolo. “This developing consciousness among sponsored families over the years brings them together as a community to work for the protection of their environment and natural resources.”
On Earth Day, we honor the hard work of families who take care of the earth as they work to better their own lives. Our Unbound community is proud to join with our friends in the Philippines and around the world to celebrate the earth and continue to work toward its health and well-being. How are you celebrating the earth today?