James ploughs spare money and time into a number of community projects which he initiated over the course of the last 5 years and which he has passionately supported since. JDW Community Projects, a non-stock non-profit company overseas the projects with the help of a young and energetic team.
Bantayan Crafts aims to empower through enterprise the women of Bantayan, an island located off the North coast of Cebu and destroyed during the Typhoon. A 50 piece range of gifts was designed and launched using storm debris and natural materials, Participating women have assisted in making over 10,000 pieces which have been professionally packaged and displayed on custom made point-of-sale racks. The enterprise is going from strength to strength.
Following super typhoon Hainan, Bangka Relief repaired 220 small fishing boats in Bantayan and made 327 fishing boats for Tacloban fishermen. All aspects of the program are aimed towards the sustainable; from the certified sustainable wood to the process of releasing the boats which encourages fishermen to support sustainable fishing methods.
With over 30,000 seedlings planted to date, James aims to plant and nurture to full growth 80,000 seedlings by 2019 made up of indigeanous hard woods, fruit bearing trees and timber trees. An important aspect of James’ program is to ensure that the local folk are partners in the process. James’ goal for 2017 is to plant 10,000 seedlings in North Cebu.