Project Propel currently has six urban
gardens in Metro Manila. These gardens
help families include more vegetables in
their meals each day.
the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward
1 in 4
People in Manila live in an informal community
1 in 3
children in the Philippines are stunted due to lack of nutrients
The Urban Barangay Gardens started in 2013 as a nutritional initiative in Metro Manila. Metro Manila is a teeming metropolis of almost 13 million people and is widely known as the most densely populated city in the world. The growing urban population led to the cropping up of informal communities along public spaces such as railroads, rivers, or under bridges. According to the National Housing Authority, 3 million, or 1 in 4 people in Metro Manila occupy these spaces. Project Propel works closely with these bustling and dynamic areas, working to ensure that these families have healthy meals on their plates.
Hand in hand with community members, Project Propel approaches the local government unit, called the "Barangay" for permission to use public spaces for community gardens. A "Barangay" is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. Metro Manila itself has 1,706 barangays each led by a group of officials.
Members of the Urban Gardens grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs on their individual plots. Many of our members come from rural areas and already know how to grow their own food. Project Propel teaches members urban farming techniques which help to maximize their garden space.
Education is a key component in motivating members to sustain healthy habits. Project Propel teaches members the importance of good nutrition. The Philippines is a country where 1 in 3 children are stunted as a result of long-term nutritional deprivation. This can affect mental development and school performance. Most of our members are women or mothers. They are a testament of empowerment. The knowledge combined with the ability to grow nutrient-rich foods at no cost will no doubt affect their children's futures.
These gardens have not only improved lifestyles of families, but are effective in community building, beautifying and improving neighborhood safety. Project Propel has since then established six urban gardens in two barangays. Members are also involved in livelihood activities such as selling produce, seedlings, and recycled plant containers.
Project Propel aims to build twelve more gardens next year and can reach this goal with your support! Your donation will go directly to building costs of gardens in more communities. Help families eat healthier today using the link below!