Over 200 Christians and Muslims who fled from Ground Zero of Marawi City during the five-month gunfight between government troops and rebel groups in Mindanao recently graduated from SM Foundation’s Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers’ Training Program.
The graduates from KSK Batch 155 learned modern and effective farming methods from the foundation’s partner, Harbest Agriculture. The training was held in Brgy. Nangka, Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, where they planted lettuce, bell pepper, okra, eggplants, honey dew melon, watermelon and other crops that their families could eat and which they could sell in the markets so they would have a stable source of income.
Kudos to the new graduates of KSK in Lanao del Norte!
SM Foundation Executive Director for Livelihood and Outreach Cristie Angeles encouraged the trainees to be mentors and propagators of balik-farming in Marawi City so that their recovery process will be shortened.
From January to February, eight batches of new KSK training were launched, with over 1,000 participants, in rural (Pampanga, Bataan, Butuan, Sta. Rosa & Marawi) and urban (Valenzuela, Paranaque & Manila) communities.