John, John and Lenard make bokashi balls at their local Unbound office.
Boxes of completed bokashi balls.
Sponsored elders are ready to toss the bokashi balls into Laguna Lake.
Tomorrow, Aprill 22, is Earth Day, and Unbound sponsored friends and their families in the Philippines are celebrating with bokashi balls.
No, it isn’t a new healthy cereal to help cleanse your system. But it will help cleanse rivers and other freshwater resources.
“Bokashi” is a Japanese term that means “fermented organic matter” and refers to a system developed in Japan that uses beneficial micro-organisms to break down toxins and food waste. Bokashi balls can improve the life of the river and help restore it to its proper ecological balance.
Unbound’s Antipolo project in the Philippines has been making bokashi balls since 2009 and started to see positive environmental effects in area rivers where the mudballs have been utilized..
The Dumagats are an indigenous people of the Philippines who believe that nature is sacred. Every April, family members bring their pets and livestock and camp out along the river for five days to sing, dance, eat and give thanks for all that the earth has given them.
CFCA respects the Dumagats’ values and traditions and is working with them to help preserve their way of life. About 200 Dumagats are sponsored through CFCA’s Antipolo project.
In this video, the Dumagats are observing Paskuhan sa Tag-araw, a celebration of nature.