My name is Eve Javier and I work with Gil Carandang and a small community of folks who are dedicated in establishing an ecovillage in Napayong Island in Taal Lake. The very recent volcanic eruption of Taal Volcano has left us fleeing the island right when the ground tremor happened and the volcano started emitting smoke rapidly.
We left behind cob houses carefully made by hand, beautiful organic mini-farm and vegetable and herb gardens, a plant nursery full of seeds, a reception hall where we sit and watch the sunset and the lake, a viewing deck where we cook and have our meals together, meditation areas where we discussed future plans and shared ideas for the community... it is a place we called home.
As our island is a 5-minute boat ride away from the erupting volcano, we can only hope that the only damage is the heavy amount of ashfall... but since we aimed to be sustainable and respectful to the environment, we used natural building materials and we fear our ecovillage is now badly damaged and lost due to the natural disaster.
We worry for the community of island folks whom we support by hiring for local work and we need to keep going and bring our ecovillage back to life.
We appeal to friends, family and fellow organic farming believers as we will need funding to help rebuild our structures and our dream of sharing an ecovillage that teaches people how to live simply but meaningfully, with sincere responsibilities to nature and commitment to saving the only world we know and live in.