Loving Others Part 01: Helping the Afflicted #YolandaPH

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My grandmother died the day before Typhoon Yolanda and I consider her a pre-casualty. The news of "the strongest typhoon in world history" sent panic to my grandmother's 70-year old heart which sadly led to cardiac arrest. Typhoon Yolanda swept through central Philippines on November 8 which resulted to thousands of lost lives and properties. Antique, the province where my grandmother lived, was along the path of the typhoon and also suffered from the brunt of Yolanda.

As I planned my trip for my grandmother's funeral, a thought came to me, "Why only bury the dead when you can also help the living live?" So I went to look for opportunities to help. I coordinated with Oplan Dagyaw, a group who already has relief ground work going on in Antique. Through them I was given items that I can ask for from friends who want to help. Most of what I received were from friends and True Love Waits Philippines who helped fill and exceeded my 30kg baggage allowance--which is a pretty good problem! The area of relief that I joined in with Oplan Dagyaw was Malalison Island, Culasi, Antique where we served around 135 families.

Please continue to pray for help to come especially in assisting these people rebuild their homes and lives.

Shaina, my little assistant, who helped me count and record donated goods.

Shaina, my little assistant, who helped me count and record donated goods.

Packing everything up.

Packing everything up.

We decided that we'll buy other goods from the town market because it will help their local economy move forward after the storm.

We decided to buy other goods from the Culasi town market because it will help their local economy move forward even after the storm.

Classifying and distributing items properly.

Classifying and distributing items properly.

Classifying and distributing items properly.

Classifying and distributing items properly.

Malalison Island.

Malalison Island.

Leaving for Malalison Island. (Photo Credit: Elero Soberano of Discover Panay Island)

Leaving for Malalison Island.

Leaving for Malalison Island. (Photo Credit: Elero Soberano of Discover Panay Island)

Leaving for Malalison Island. (Photo Credit: Elero Soberano of Discover Panay Island)

It's a beautiful island except for all the leafless trees and damaged homes.

It's a beautiful island except for all the leafless trees and damaged homes.

It's a beautiful island except for all the leafless trees and damaged homes.

Wood debris are piled up in many places.

It's a beautiful island except for all the leafless trees and damaged homes.

It's a beautiful island except for all the leafless trees and damaged homes.

Children scrambling their way on a tree swept off by the strong winds of Yolanda.

These kids are excited to line up for the goods too.

These kids are excited to line up for the goods too.

Laying out bags on the table in preparation of distribution. (Photo Credit: Elero Soberano of Discover Panay Island)

Laying out bags on the table in preparation of distribution. (Photo Credit: Elero Soberano of Discover Panay Island)

Kids and parents lined up in the baranggay hall to receive relief goods. (Photo Credit: Elero Soberano of Discover Panay Island)

Kids and parents lined up in the baranggay hall to receive relief goods. (Photo Credit: Elero Soberano of Discover Panay Island)

This is the last line we catered to because the goods are girls' clothing. (Photo Credit: Elero Soberano of Discover Panay Island)

This is the last line we catered to because the goods are girls' clothing. I helped choose clothes that will fit the girls in line. (Photo Credit: Elero Soberano of Discover Panay Island)

We also visited the island's elementary school at the hilltop and sadly all rooms are roofless.

We also visited the island's elementary school at the hilltop and sadly all rooms are roofless.

Oplan Dagyaw is the group I joined to help give relief efforts to around 135 families in Malalison island. (Photo Credit: Elero Soberano of Discover Panay Island)

Oplan Dagyaw, the group I joined to help give relief efforts to around 135 families in Malalison island. (Photo Credit: Elero Soberano of Discover Panay Island)

Malalison shoreline as we were leaving the island.

Malalison shoreline as we were leaving the island.

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Post by Christin Alvarez. In November 21-26, Christin went to Panay Island to visit provinces of Antique and Capiz to help distribute relief goods and also to survey damages made by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. As she observed in her travel back and forth Culasi, Antique and Roxas, Capiz, there is still a need for relief packages in the next weeks, but a greater and more immediate need is for people’s homes to be restored as they start anew.

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