It is for adults: Villanova past students, parents, and staff. The main Elders activity will be an annual or biannual journey to the Philippines to be involved in some community and project. The community this year is the Augustinian mission on Kinatarkan Island. The project is building a drying house for crops.
The little-known Kinatarkan Island located at the Northernmost tip of Cebu, Central Philippines was one of the most devastated areas in this region of the Philippines after the super-typhoon Haiyan swept across the islands in late 2013. Lying in the direct path of the super howler, the island however withstood the storm’s one-minute sustained winds of 315 kilometres per hour that brought in four-meter storm surges which battered much of its eastern coast.
While Tornado Haiyan upturned this largely fishing community, the island emerged from the typhoon without a single loss of life but not without sustained damage to the economy. The survivors are now slowly picking up the pieces of their lives and rebuilding a future on their own amidst little aid from the government and humanitarian groups.
However, the Augustinians of the Philippines are working with the islanders on a project to produce and market a local herbal crop. The project’s most immediate need is for a large drying house. Come in Villanova AFAS— past pupils boys, staff and parents! A group of these ‘elders’ have undertaken to build the crop drying house this December.
Where: We will be visiting the Augustinian Mission on Kinatarkan Island. When: Depart Saturday November 26th – Friday December 9th. Project: Known to the Filipino as a hot house; the structure will be roughly 10 m x 20m and used to dry the locally grown Moringa. Project costs: All in total of $7,000 Australian dollars. Personal cost: Total of $2,500. Inclusive of all airfares, accommodation, transport and meals.
With the majority of the labour and personal costs of the project being covered by the participants, many of the materials used for the project will need further funding. As such, within the following weeks, we will compile a special addition of the newsletter to be assembled in ‘Villa Voice’. This will list a variety of materials still needed for the project. For now, however, we are opening an AFAS Elders account under the supervision of Villanova College. We politely ask that you may contribute to perhaps some of the equipment and materials required to produce the drying shelter.More Information - Newsletter (PDF file)Click here for the Elders Newsletter, and for donation details. Use the green tag in the left-hand column to see other pages about AFAS in this website. For enquiries e-mail AFAS Elders at Villanova: firstname.lastname@example.org