Finding purpose in collective vision

The Forest Farm and Leadership in the Margins (FFLM) unit of APC works with Balay Laudato Sí in supporting the Youth Work Experience (YWE) program to provide alternative opportunities for vulnerable youth in Bendum, Philippines who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

YWE is a two-month program that provides training to young people and equips them with skills and values that are helpful in the workplace and in navigating family and community life.

Participants are trained in assisting the natural regeneration of the forest in the ancestral domain, and undergo formation sessions on Laudato Si’ where they learn about the value of dreaming and working as a community.

In this interview, Jonil Lumisod shares how we found his purpose and started envisioning a future for the community through the forest and water management training of the YWE program.

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