A FRENCH-Filipino NGO has touched base in Kidapawan, responding to the call to social action in the aftermath of the violent dispersal of protesting farmers in need of government help because of the prolonged drought caused by El Niño.
Together-Ensemble Foundation (T-E) headed by businessman Hubert d’Aboville immediately responded and donated 10 tons of rice to starving farmers in the affected areas in North Cotobato.
D’Aboville traveled to Kidapawan on April 6 with Ruben Torres, T-E treasurer, to distribute the rice which they bought at a discounted price from the National Food Authority in Kidapawan.
To ensure that the rice goes to the starving farmers, d’Aboville coordinated the distribution with Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, archbishop of Cotabato. The other five tons were distributed through Caritas, under Cardinal Luis AntonioTagle. Together-Ensemble had also distributed large quantities of rice in 2000 conflict-torn Pikit, North Cotabato, where d’Aboville worked with Fr. Roberto Layson, OMI. As well as when famine broke in Carmen, Cotabato, where d’Aboville worked with Fr. Michel Lenzen, OMI. Previous emergency situations like typhoons, flood and famine saw the T-E Foundation providing immediate relief to affected areas over the past years.
T-E has also been a long-time benefactor of the Galilee Farm in Bugwak, North Cotabato which was developed by Fr. Yves Caroff, OMI.
Since the passing of Fr. Caroff in 2007, T-E Foundation has been in close collaboration with the Friends of Yves Caroff from Brittany, France, who are regularly raising funds to support the sustainability of Galilee Farm.
They also finance yearly exchange of scholars between Galilee Farm and Brittany for the formation of farmers in organic farming.