Ready for a Christmas present that makes a difference?

Dear Werde friends,

Christmas is approaching and this is an excellent time to put your money in good use. We would like to recommend two projects of our partners. If you would like to know more please write directly to me, katja.pellini @


Batang Calabnugan – Girls home in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines, hosts currently 27 girls from toddlers to teenagers. Our friends Franseco and Flora (whom many of you already know!) tell that at the moment girls in the centre need especially school shoes and school bags. Cost ranges from 15-20 Euro/bag or shoes.

If you would like to donate you can do the transfer directly their bank account in Italy (go down this page to see the IBAN).

Flora just sent few recent pictures from the centre:


TREE ADOPTION – Early November I evaluated a community carbon project of KKI -WARSI, Indonesian environmental NGO supporting community based forest management. They also  support forest conservation through a tree adoption project in customary forest (Hutan Adat).

You have probably seen the incredible forest fires in Jambi this year which have been portrayed even in the European media.  All efforts, however small,  to save remaining lowland tropical forests in Jambi are very welcome!

Cost per tree is minimum 200,000 IDR (14 Euro)/year and you can donate a tree for your friend who will then receive a certificate upon adoption sent by email. Trees are monitored through online spatial data (trees adopted). Unfortunately Paypal link in the page is not yet working so payments are only directly to their Indonesian account.

Contact me if you need help in navigating through their web site and would like to give “trees” for Christmas present katja.pellini @

Here few recent pictures from the trip I made to the target areas of WARSI: