Self Support Initiatives
RSM depends on the generous donations and gifts from individuals, churches and other charitable organisations. We are humbled and grateful for these gifts but must also recognise the fluctating nature of such assistance. As an organisation, we are working towards becoming self sufficient. This sustainability or self sufficiency takes numerous forms, and at it's core represents the ministry continuing to reach out into the community and to rely on God for His provision with wisdom, thoughtful planning and community based initiatives.
With the generous donation of a years wages for a sustainable farmer, we were able to seriously look at our ability to grow and provie for our own food needs. So far this has included the development of our own small market garden, raising chickens and ducks as well as pigs. Because of the nature of living in the tropics with a rainy season, we were delighted this year to begin the development of an aquaponic system that will allow us to continue to grow during the wet.
While our sustainable agriculture program is still in it's infancy, we are working towards creating cash crops that will provide a high yield and are a sought after commodity to sell at markets. In addition, through an exchange of skills we are allowing workers at RSM to spend time working in market garden for a reduced price on produce for their own families. This is just another way that we can assist and help our own community. Read more...
One of the big needs in the Philippines is for employment... steady, close to home, with decent wages. Traditionally, a high percentage of workers lose their jobs every six months before reaching regular employee status. In a country where the economy seems to perpetually flounder, businesses can save money by just hiring new 'temps'. And the unemployment rate is high. To add even more complication, during the rainy ("hungry") season workers in construction and other occupations typically miss many days of pay because they have no work. This is why the chief export of the Philippines is 'OFWs', overseas foreign workers who leave their loved ones to go abroad for long-term employment to support their families remotely. The development of a small commercial strip next to our medical clinic would be a great way to positively impact families in our area, as well as create an income stream for Rehoboth's self-support.
A commercial strip could provide the following benefits:
- Sustainability for the Rehoboth Children's Home through lease agreements and/or business profits
- Helping families to stay together, preventing costly work travel to the cities or abroad
- Payment of a fair, steady wage
- Occupational training for single moms and others in distress
- Family qualification for government benefit programs for health, housing loans and retirement
- Local economic stimulus and goodwill in Sampaloc