An ordinary farmer’s annual income averages around Php20000 ($200) or even less than Php2000 ($40) a month. With this sad statistics, their children would rather go to the cities or go abroad than go into farming. The younger generation doesn’t see farming as a lucrative career. 

When I was 9 till 16 years old, my family (composed of 5 girls and 3 boys and our parents) decided to move to Sitio Tubod, which is contrary to its name (Tubod means spring) doesn’t have any watersource nearby. I was 12 when the neighborhood had access to electricity. Yet until now, 13 households with an average members of 7  don’t have easy access to water. Everyone has to walk down the hill and pitch water from a communal pump and, quiet recently, a metered tap (an NGO project) thirty minutes away.

When I was a kid, we had to get up at 5 in the morning to take a shower (the dipper way) and fetch water, and walk back home in an uneven, oftentimes muddy, path. The whole affair took more than an hour. I was one of the tardiest students back then. Our family left the farm and moved somewhere nearer the center with convenient water access. While I moved to the city and became a working university student. 

With our father getting older and under catheterization, nobody tends the farm anymore. None of my siblings has the affinity to the earth. Old farming has never been seen as something sustainable. But it is my lifelong desire to farm, read, and write. And if I can help an entire village to have its own water source, then why not? 

I reckoned if only the whole community has an easy access to water, the farming culture will not die. I spent my 2018 in Ha Noi researching on home steading and permaculture online. And I told myself what my father did back then can be modified to make farming profitable and less physically taxing. I can leave my comfortable life here in Ha Noi, live in our abandoned farm house, and go back to my farming roots. I can personally teach the farmers and the village children new sustainable farming techniques. And hopefully, as the farming culture grows ad becomes alive and well, the community can create a sustainable eco-tourism destination out of our own hard work and will. 

That’s it, if only the whole community has easy access to water. And this is how you come in.

With a vision bigger than myself, it’s my earnest hope that the funds raised here can cover most of the expenses of finding a watersource in Sitio Tubod that can mobilize the whole community from thereon.

Funds will be entirely used for the following:

1.Talking with the expert for the most practical, convenient, and affordable way of a water system

1.1Hitch on the existing tap-water system  and install a water pump machine, or

1.2 Dig a deep well near the neighborhood and install a water pump

2.Install a 1000-liter water tank

3.Make the water accessible to the whole neighborhood

4. Pay the labor involved in everything. 

Everything will be transparent and properly recorded. Receipts and cross-checking will be posted on this page.

There are two ways of supporting this project. Share it away. Or donate any amount. If you got any questions, don’t hesitate to message me. 

This page will be regularly updated (weekly) so everyone can track the progress of this project. 

Forever grateful,

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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