Breaking New Grounds

On June 12, 2019, the&nbsp;<em>Santo Nino de Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation, Inc. (SNAF)took the time off to joined a coterie from theProvince of Santo Niño de Cebu–Philippines in the groundbreaking ceremonies of what would be known then on as the Monte Maravilla–Order of Saint Augustine (OSA) property in Brgy. Kang-actol, Dumanjug, in southern Cebu.

About ten hectares of the 40-hectare lands are dedicated for the envisioned climate-smart village complex of SNAF. The village promotes climate-smart systems beneficial to the local self-sufficient farmers long tilling the lands. It will showcase learning sites for organic farming and other approaches to sustainable farming methods. It will also feature nature’s park, wellness walk, via crucis, and products display center.

Its central element, however, is the establishment of a community composed of its itinerant beneficiaries from the&nbsp;<em>Kan-anan ni Niño</em>&nbsp;program. As of now, the program draws in the homeless from around the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino every Tuesday for a nutritious dinner and communal activities. Each session prepares them for their eventual relocation to the newly-opened Monte Maravilla-OSA property.

The groundbreaking ceremonies was graced by Fr. Andres Rivera, OSA, Provincial Prior of&nbsp;<em>Province of Santo Niño de Cebu.</em>&nbsp;He led the symbolic planting of coconut seedlings together with other stakeholders.

A huge chunk of the Monte Maravilla–OSA property was donated by the family of Señorita Candida Mercader to the Augustinian friars.