Our Rotary Club of Taguig Fort Bonifacio, RI District 3830, had a wonderful partnership with another club from Germany, the Rotary Club of Koln-Ville in Cologne. The latter's Club President, Stephan Zilkens, wrote to our Club President, Meann de Leon, asking how they can help some fishermen in Laguna Lake which they saw and read, were badly affected by a strong typhoon last year. Our club President replied to him, and the partnership was established.
It is a two-phase project. First the distribution of fish nets to affected fisherfolks, and Second, a knife fish processing, for the spouses of fishermen.
The good news is that knife fish is edible. It doesn't have to be thrown away, it can be processed into fish products like fish balls, fish patties, fish dumplings, fish nuggets, fish longanisa, fish hotdog and some other fish meals that one can think of which can be sold in the market.
The project beneficiaries are from Barangay Lower Bicutan, Barangay Bagumbayan, Barangay San Miguel, Barangay Wawa, …and counting.
Kudos to Presidents Meann de Leon and Stephan Zilkens for a great project, great partnership. You have shown once more what Rotary is -- Service above self.
Rotary Notes 3: TRF, Global Grants and Civil Society, June 17, 2012
Rotary Notes 4: Citizen Self Reliance, Public Image, July 16, 2012
Rotary Notes 5: Relief Operations in Lower Bicutan, Taguig, August 13, 2012
Rotary Notes 6: Andres Bonifacio and Philippine History, November 30, 2012