In February 2010, I visited Palawan and saw first hand the great work that Roots of Health is doing. During my stay, I joined the Executive Director and several volunteers on a visit to Pulang Lupa, one of the communities Roots of Health currently serves.
Pulang Lupa sits on an abandoned mercury mine, has no source of running water, and only a fraction of the families can afford to send their children to school. Even so, Roots of Health has been able to offer a healthy start for many in the community. The organization offers regular classes on family planning and healthy pregnancies to women and girls in the community, introduced a vertical farming system so that families can grow food without worrying about the mercury-contaminated soil, and provides much-needed vitamins and minerals to the children of Pulang Lupa through a regular nutritional support program.
When I visited in last year I helped out with the nutritional support program. For 4,164 pesos (the equivalent of roughly $90) we fed almost 100 children and even had enough leftover to feed some of Pulang Lupa’s pregnant women and mothers. All in all, it only took less than a dollar to feed each child of Pulang Lupa. Visiting Pulang Lupa and helping out with the nutritional support program showed me just how Roots of Health can make a difference in this community with $50, $20, even $10.
I have seen what Roots of Health does firsthand, and I commend the group's efforts. In a country like the Philippines, poverty, ignorance and overpopulation are problems that many people choose to ignore. Roots of Health chooses to face these daunting challenges head-on.
Any group that battles apathy and ignorance deserves our support. Roots of Health is one such organization.
Roots of Health is an impressive organization that has accomplished a tremendous amount since their founding. The model is very hands on and rooted in field work/direct work with the communities they serve. The impact is real and powerful - for the individuals in the communities as well as for the people that work for Roots! As someone who doesn't have the benefit of being on the ground I am grateful for the quality of the website, facebook page, blog and periodic updates. I feel that Roots is truly accountable to donors.