Project Propel currently has six urban
gardens in Metro Manila. These gardens
help families include more vegetables in
their meals each day.
1 in 3
children in the Philippines are stunted, or have delayed growth rate due to malnutrition
1 in 4
Filipinos live below the national poverty line
The Philippines is the 3rd top source of plastic waste globally
The Urban Barangay Gardens Program is an agricultural and nutritional initiative to increase impoverished communities' vegetable and fruit consumption as well as reduce the risk of malnutrition. Working intimately with informal settlement communities, many who moved to Metro Manila from rural farming life in search of higher wages, these communities are exceptionally dense and congested, often located in public spaces such as river ways, railways, and under bridges or high-way underpasses.
The Urban Barangay Garden Program holds a three-fold solution for the informal settlements who are prone to malnourishment; by promoting agriculture, nutritional health lectures, and empowering women. The community garden serves as a catalyst for capacity building and integrated social and behavioral change, while the health education programs reinforce, teach, and provide the necessary skill to sustain the garden. And lastly, by empowering women within the community, the rest of society will benefit.
Metro Manila, the country’s National Capital Region, is widely known as the most densely populated city in the world. The dense population, with more and more people moving into the city each year, has led to the cropping up of informal settlements, commonly known as “slums” or “squatter” areas. The UBG program maximizes available space by creating wall gardens, and transforming former trash piles into garden spaces, for communities with alarmingly high levels of malnutrition, hypertension, and diabetes, as well as a prevalence in skin rashes and scabies.
Since the first Urban Barangay Garden in 2013, the program has significantly improved participants’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in nutrition and urban farming. These urban gardens have not only improved lifestyles, but have been found to be effective in community building, beautification, as well as improve the safety of neighborhoods. Project Propel has since then established several urban gardens, with its members also involved in livelihood activities such as; selling produce, seedlings, and recycled plant containers.