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A New Home for ELF

Last September 26, the flood waters swamped the administrative  office of ELF, which we shared with E-Net Philippines. All our file cabinets and paper files were soaked, most of them beyond retrieval. Even our computer files were destroyed, as the flood drowned all of them.

Time to move elsewhere.

Fortunately, May Cinco was walking down Marunong Street and saw a recent sign “For Rent.” After a few days negotiations, we were able to agree on terms for a one year rental (for a start).¬†

The two-floor apartment is too big for our immediate needs, so we invited two organizations to share the place, and the rent. One is the Electric Consumers Advocacy of the Philippines, ECAP, whose first national president is also ELF’s president. The other is La Liga Policy Institute, a co-convenor of ELF in Go Organic! Philippines.

The past week and a half, we have been moving shelves and books, manuals and other files, painting and cleaning, arranging for phone and internet connections. We were happy to discover a backyard which we are converting to an organic garden (with vermicompost beds) and an outdoor meeting place.

As we brainstormed about space sharing and division of chores, we came up with the idea of developing the place not as a shared office but as a resource center for our focus issues – Education, Energy, and Ecology.

Just this afternoon, the ELF staff had our first planning workshop about climate change and renewable energy, and how to develop modules for grassroots community leaders who are our strategic partners.

We also decided to host a small gathering on Friday to join the global launch of the “Charter for Compassion” which is Karen Armstrong’s TED wish.

We look forward to a housewarming celebration sometime in December. Visit us at this address: 25 Marunong Street, Central District, Quezon City.

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