10 October 2019, Hagonoy, Bulacan. “The SB formally recognised us today and we had a meeting with Hon. Mayor Cruz of Hagonoy. He’s really genuinely proud of our award,” commented the founder of One Child, One Tree Natalia Sali – also a FEED Ambassador who just keeps planting trees – referring to the September 27th, 2019 Jollibee Family Values “Special Citation – Environment” award garnered by the Sali Family planting thousands of trees in their home province of Hagonoy, Bulacan.
“We then met for 30 mins with Mayor Cruz, Coach Millord and the SB Secretary. He said that representatives from the Netherlands are coming tomorrow to help plan land use and water management that will prevent floods in Hagonoy, as part of the Sustainable Development Master Plan for Manila Bay”.
- FEED Ambassador Natalia Sali Wins Special Citation for Environment Advocacy from Jollibee Family Values Awards (28 Sep 2019)
“Mayor Cruz of Hagonoy has agreed to fund the protection of the mangrove area and will install a paid person to guard the area; fix the fencing for enhanced protection; make sure a boat is available when we plant mangroves; and encourage and support the continued One Child, One Tree planting in schools, with the Food Forests and Bio-Intensive Gardens”. – Natalia Sali.
One Child, One Tree was founded in January 2017 by Natalia Sali to respond and help mitigate climate change by planting trees. It is underpinned by the importance of educating children about the value of trees and facilitating their involvement in planting trees in different parts Bulacan. It aspires for each child to understand how she/he can contribute in saving the environment and own the responsibility as she/he grows older. One of One Child One Tree’s important accomplishments was the passage of an ordinance declaring the mangrove area in Tibaguin, Hagonoy, Bulacan as a sanctuary or a protected mangrove reforestation site.
One Child, One Tree’s primary partner is Fostering Education for Environment and Development (FEED) who has been supporting its advocacy since its kick-off project in 25 schools in January 2017. Since then, OCOT and FEED have implemented a number of environment education and planting events and have jointly held training and established Food Forests in several schools in Malolos and Hagonoy.
The award is an indication of the heightened awareness of corporations such as Jollibee Food Corporation on the importance of the environment. The recognition further inspires Sali Family to thrive and remain committed to continue its advocacy.
“Food Forests” is a term FEED coined to describe FEED’s agro-forestry approach to tree planting and reforestation programs in the Philippines. It involves land-use management system in which trees and shrubs are grown around or among crops or pasture lands. Food forests in schools are aimed at addressing not only soil erosion but also the nutrition issue in some barangays.
If you would like to become a volunteer, please email Natalia Sali at Natalia@feed.org.ph
MAKING SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES GREENER through ONE CHILD, ONE TREE Partnership between schools, the local government, local government agencies, different non-governmental organisations, private corporations, volunteers, and FEED as part of an ongoing environmental support effort benefitting and empowering local community residents. Starting in 2017 with the planting … Continue reading
17 February 2017, London. Natalia Sali loves three things: people, animals and the environment. She is a social worker by profession and does manage a service for children with special needs and disabilities. She has run many races to raise funds … Continue reading
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead 13 January 2017, Hagonoy, Bulacan. The “One Child, One Tree” initiative was launched on January 13th to reconnect as many … Continue reading
ONE CHILD, ONE TREE – Public Elementary Schools Planting Projects Sowing the Seeds for Growth and Development, By Natalia Sali 15 September 2016, London, England. In the Philippines, there’s a saying that what you sow is what you reap. Sowing is … Continue reading
By Natalia Sali 15 September 2016, London, England. In the Philippines, there’s a saying that what you sow is what you reap. Sowing is the start of the process and it entails choosing the right seed, the appropriate type of … Continue reading
FEED runs a number of Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE); Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – such as mangrove planting for coastal protection or ridge reforestation plantings; One Child, One Tree; Bio-Intensive Gardens (BIG) for nutrition in public elementary schools and other spaces; Climate Change Survival 101 and other LIVING LEGACY programs – customised environmental engagement activities for individuals and organisations interested in contributing to climate change adaptation efforts and greening critical areas such as watersheds, ridges, and reefs that all require rehabilitation.
Tree-Planting with FEED (Video)
Check out the video journey by Clueless Commuter who planted with us last 24th of June 2017 to get a good idea of how FEED plantings go: https://youtu.be/KROn4rjVqBg
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