A Hard­work­ing Com­mu­nity

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Aman­pulo has shared its en­tire his­tory with the neigh­bour­ing is­land of Manamoc. Work­ing closely with the An­dres So­ri­ano Foun­da­tion, Aman­pulo and Manamoc have put their ef­forts to­gether to en­sure that every­body on the is­land has a chance to pur­sue pros­per­ity right in their home com­mu­nity. Be­fore Aman­pulo was built, Manamoc de­pended on two kinds of liveli­hood: fish­ing and sea­weed farm­ing. The is­land’s re­mote lo­ca­tion also meant poor ac­cess to ba­sic ser­vices like med­i­cal treat­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, and trans­porta­tion and, ul­ti­mately, a limit to lo­cal eco­nomic growth. But to­day, Manamoc is a bustling com­mu­nity that has been helped by, and reg­u­larly in­ter­acts with, Aman­pulo in terms of work and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Aman­pulo cur­rently runs twice-a-month learn­ing pro­grammes led by in-house prac­ti­tion­ers. This in­cludes a com­puter class for stu­dents of Manamoc Na­tional High School; a gar­den­ing master­class that teaches is­land res­i­dents to grow their own food; and food and cook­ing lessons at Manamoc Ele­men­tary School. At the same time, Aman­pulo en­cour­ages Manamoc’s youths to dream big and to de­velop them­selves in or­der to bring long-term ben­e­fit back to the is­land. As it marks its 25th year, Aman­pulo has launched a schol­ar­ship pro­gramme that will fund the uni­ver­sity stud­ies of one ex­cep­tional high-school stu­dent from Manamoc. Aman­pulo hopes that this ef­fort will open more doors and in­spire the young peo­ple of the com­mu­nity. Be­yond that, Aman­pulo and Manamoc are in­volved in pro­tect­ing and con­serv­ing the ter­res­trial and ma­rine ecosys­tem. Plant­ing and main­tain­ing man­grove forests are part of daily life, and twice-yearly coastal clean-up events are ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in by lo­cals and re­sort guests, who un­der­stand that pre­serv­ing the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is the most es­sen­tial ac­tiv­ity on both is­lands.

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