About Us... Who We Are
Mary Hensley is project developer and founder of Eighth Wonder. A former US Peace Corps Volunteer in Kalinga (1976-78), Mary found the framework for Eighth Wonder in her master’s class on Social Entrepreneurship at the School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT USA. Since completing that original business feasibility study, she has worked to build a sustainable and culturally appropriate economic enterprise in the Cordillera.
Vicky Garcia, founder and executive director of RICE, Inc., has extensive experience in community organizing, capacity building, and program planning and evaluation. Vicky has worked in national government positions, as well as in international and local NGOs. She is a strong advocate of the rural participatory approach (RPA) to increase community participation in community-based projects.
Vicky and Mary met in September 2001, during their first week of graduate school. Since December 2004, they have worked together on the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project. They both received masters degrees in Management from the School for International Training.
Project workshops and trainings have received financial and technical support from municipal and provincial offices in Kalinga, Ifugao and Mt. Province, as well as regional government offices of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). We deeply appreciate the leadership role played by the many line agencies of the Department of Agriculture. Please see our Project Partners page for a complete listing.
In this village, the metal-sided house became a chalkboard.