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GreenEarth Heritage Foundation, Inc., Pasadena, California
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GreenEarth Heritage Foundation is a holistic Christian organization whose MISSION is to preserve the environment, adhere to sound and sustainable agricultural practices and assist in alleviation of poverty through livelihood and community development.
We are a farm, a burgeoning reforestation site, an organic agricultural development, a haven of peace and tranquility, and a promise of a better tomorrow for the members of our growing community. We are a non-stock, non-profit organization that was founded on May 22, 2009 upon receiving a donation of over 100 hectares (246 acres) of land at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains in San Miguel, Bulacan, Philippines. We are the only non-government organization serving this geographic region. Over the last two years, we have busied ourselves with reviving our once arid and denuded land by planting thousands of forest hardwoods and fruit-bearing trees in order to turn our land into an Eden. We are determined to reverse the wanton destruction caused by deforestation in the area. To date, we have a thriving and ever-expanding organic plantation of vegetables, herbs and root crops. We are now growing over twenty (20) varieties of organically grown produce that are distributed to an increasing number of farm-to-table customers weekly. Because of this fair trade scheme, our beneficiaries' incomes have quadrupled from their pre-GreenEarth baseline and 100% of GreenEarth farmers have become voluntary contributors and beneficiaries of the national Social Security and Philhealth Programs, something they have never even heard of before GreenEarth came. In February 2011, GreenEarth gained international distinction by receiving the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Organic GreenSeal. Through the help of the Organic Farmers and Processors Association of the Philippines (OFPAP), GreenEarth hurdled accreditation and certification standards of the Organic Crop Improvement Association, one of the world's oldest, largest and most trusted leaders in the organic certification industry. To date, GreenEarth is one out of only two USDA certified-organic Moringa farms and producer of Moringa leaves in the Philippines. In line with our holistic approach, we seek not only to transform land but also to transform lives. We aim to promote Livelihood, Literacy, and God-centered Lifestyles. Aside from greening our donated land and providing vital training and sustainable livelihoods centered in organic agriculture to a growing number of farming families, we have simultaneously addressed the educational needs of our farmers' children and community service members. Despite our serious challenges in agriculture, it was difficult to turn a blind eye to the plight of the children of GreenEarth. Many have to walk three hours round-trip, which includes crossing a bridgeless river and unpaved roads by foot, every single day in order to reach school. A majority are malnourished, extremely fatigued and with a high degree of absenteeism from school during the rainy seasons. It was not a surprise to us therefore to discover that majority of the children could not really pass age-appropriate cognitive tests when they were assessed by educators. In light of this problem, we launched our Child Sponsorship and Early Reading and Literacy program. However, in August of 2010, with a dream and a vision to continue to surge forward, we had plans drawn up for a Learning Center onsite. Fundraising commenced immediately. God Almighty has blessed this vision! We met our timelines and rejoice at this building's completion on March 31st 2011! We now have a modest Learning Center right on GreenEarth.
Organizational Statement of Faith
We adopt the following Statement of Faith, as agreed upon by the National Association of Evangelicals: 1.We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. 2.We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 3.We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. 4.We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. 5.We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. 6.We believe in the baptism with the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of spiritual gifts. 7.We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. 8.We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. We also embrace and adopt the Nicene Creed of AD325 and Chalcedon Creed of AD451.
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