Meet Sheryan, an environmental advocate and a graduate of Eco-tourism. For her, we can only sincerely assert our culture and identity if we learn to protect the environment that sustains it. "Nag-organize ako ng Mindanao RiOasis Project: A Tree Growing Activity sa Rio Grande River. It was the very first time for me to hold a huge project with only my advocacy, my friends, and organization lang ang panlaban. That was my first try and honestly, hindi ako satisfied sa result. Pero hindi ako napanghinaan ng loob dahil doon. After a year, nagkaroon ng ASEAN Youth Leadership Forum and Alhamdulillah, I was one of the delegates. Nakilala ko doon ang mga taong may parehong adbokasiya sa akin. Doon namin sinumulang buoin ang proyektong Streams of Hope. Alhamdulillah, the project is moving until now with collaborations with several partners. Nagkaroon na kami ng group of women weaving water hyacinth. Nagkaroon na rin kami ng several clean-up drives with small creek flowing towards the main Rio Grande using bokashi balls. Ngayon, magsisimula na rin naming matutunan ang paggamit ng water hyacinth bilang panggatong. Bilang isang Bangsamoro at isang Maguindanaon, ang Rio Grande ay napakahalaga. Historical siya kasi doon dumaong si Shariff Kabungsuan who spread Islam in Mindanao. Nakita ko yung importansya at koneksyon ng kapaligiran sa kultura at identity natin. Kung makakaiyak lang ang Rio Grande baka humahagulgul na siya ngayon. Parte ng ating katauhan at ng ating pagiging Bangsamoro ang pangangalaga sa ating kapaligiran.”

- Stories of Bangsamoro
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