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(en) Philippines? Bandilang Itim: Tagalog: How to Start a Bodegong Bayan [machine translation]

Date Sat, 24 Apr 2021 10:28:37 +0300

There are more and more community pantries or town warehouses that prove that we are ready to work together because we are the only ones we can count on. Today, we're going to talk about how to start it for your community, a way to find more people who want to change and grow our world. ---- How to build a town warehouse in your area? ---- Call friends, family, neighbors! Easier to do if not alone. Your friends may even have acquaintances who want to help! But it may be best to keep the group small for easy communication. What can help? Ask family or neighbors if they know anyone who would like to help! Creating a group chat (GC) can help and make sure participants are willing to help. It might also be okay to post on Facebook or other social media if they want to help!
Find out what it takes to get started. It's good to see what food your family serves. What are the common ingredients? It may be best to add rice, garlic, onions, meat, canned food, and so on. You can also put other necessities such as medicine, face mask, alcohol, etc. It is also important to list the equipment needed to build the town warehouse, such as signs and tables! What can help? List and take inventory on spreadsheet or paper. In addition to the food or what you want to share, also write down the equipment you and your colleagues need to build a town warehouse.
Find a place that is frequented. It also depends on how easy it is to set-up in your area. For example, if you are going to build on the sidewalk, you must make sure that the town warehouse does not obstruct the road. What can help? Choose a place that your companions can easily get to. If a lot of people are passing by you, it might be okay to start in front of or outside your house! The address also needs to be given to others who want to share.
Lay down! You can use whatever you have, such as old shelves, shoe racks, or even boxes and other recyclables. Put up a sign that explains what a town warehouse is! Be creative! Invite people to take according to their needs and give what they can. Share with others! And don't forget to translate! What can help? It may help to inform the barangay to keep the town warehouse safe.

Mutual Help: Compassion, not just giving
The point is that we work together to lift each other, not treat others poorly. We just reach out to community members who need help during times of severe hardship. We are here to remind you that we can count on each other, and that they can no longer contribute or do anything without donations. After all, we have no one to rely on but each other.

What if wholesale? - That's not good. The community pantry or town warehouse is there for people to use. Even if you wholesale a few times, the important thing is that the community is willing to help and give as much as possible. Let's trust each other!

What if my community doesn't need help right away? -Get extra groceries, PPEs, or medicines that people bring and find warehouses near you to give, Or you can also get together with your neighbors or neighborhoods to start your own warehouse.

Can it be maintained long-term? - Of course! Because it is not just giving, but solidarity from the community, the needs will not come from the uplifting far away, but from people who care about those who are more difficult in life. Aid will not be lost due to lack of interest; it is in the self-interest to help one another!

You are not alone either! Thousands, if not millions, of people around the world are already uniting and caring against the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are a few examples of these projects, from New York, Poland, Puerto Rico, and Brazil!

Finding the Thread that Binds Us: Three Mutual Aid Networks in New York City
Doing What State and Market Cannot: The Visible Hand: How a Mutual Aid Network Serves Tens of Thousands in Poland
Puerto Rico: The Road to Decolonization: Disaster Relief, Mutual Aid, and Revolt
Solidarity, Direct Action, and Self-Determination: Kasa Invisível: An Occupied Social Center Becomes a Hub of Mutual Aid in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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