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Experiencing the blessings of Ramadan

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Following Islamic tradition, I also made sure to take advantage of this season as a time to let go and forgive others for their mistakes, and to let go and forgive myself for my mistakes that affected others and myself. Because of these things I have learned to strengthen in myself, I continue to truly appreciate Ramadan. I can relate with my Muslim friends who are actually sad that they have to end the fast and eagerly look forward to the next one.

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Posted in Bloggers, Mindanao, Women's Voices

This Rose still stands strong after Haiyan

Rose with her daughter at the QUEUFA nursery (Photo: Butz Muyco/Oxfam)

Maria Levyle “Butz” Muyco, an emergency food security and vulnerable livelihoods (EFSVL) officer working for Oxfam in Ormoc, Leyte, shares this story of resilience after surviving Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda). It is a story about a woman who was reached by Oxfam’s livelihood support for coconut farmers in Western Leyte.

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While the sea rests

By CAROL BELLO, Information and Communications Officer, Oxfam Guiuan Programme

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‘Happy wherever I go’

Text and photos by CAROL BELLO, Information and Communications Officer, Oxfam Guiuan Programme A dressmaker shares her story and confidence in facing wherever life takes her

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The 71-KM coconut marchers and the forgotten small family farms

by Golda Hilario Yesterday, November 26, 2014 was the day when no less than the President had a straightforward conversation with 71 women and men coconut farmers from different coconut-growing regions in the Philippines, known as the 71-Kilos Magniniyog or

Posted in Bloggers, Food Justice, GROW

Remembering Haiyan: “I am woman, hear me sing” (2 of 2)

Text and photos by Carol Bello Additional photos by Alex Cesista   Songwriting can become a creative release of stressful experiences and emotions. In Oxfam’s songwriting workshops in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Haiyan-affected women were able to compose songs that ranged

Posted in Bloggers, Haiyan, Women's Voices

Remembering Haiyan: Songs of healing (1 of 2)

by Carol Bello Valma Pagaran Colandog wrote from the heart. Tears ran down her cheeks as she sang and recalled the day when typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, made landfall last November 8, 2013. “Bumalik an ak gana ha

Posted in Bloggers, Haiyan, Women's Voices

Clean hands save lives!

Christoper Cabalhiw, a local volunteer working with Oxfam as a Public Health Promoter.  Here asking children questions about washing their hands.  Jerichol (6) is giving him an answer. Oxfam public health promotion activity with children aimed at encouraging children to understand why and how to wash their hands and use the latrines.

It’s there again. That up-beat tempo hits the airwaves while you are tightly squeezed inside the jeepney with fifteen other passengers.

Posted in Bloggers, Haiyan, News
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