A sign of care, house for the homeless, rebuilding lives.
This is an initial account of the marks left by Typhoon Nina.
Prepared by: Rose B. Dy
When events are not in our control.
Typhoon Nina came to Camarines Sur at a time when the merriest moment should have been celebrated. Its coming was surely anticipated, (what with the endless news over the radio [even a week before]and an hourly update on television from PAG-ASA & social media, about a super typhoon to hit Bicol, no less.
And so it came to pass - come December 25, 2016 (between 9:00 p.m. to 2 A.M.), the movement of strong winds and rain wreak havoc on properties, houses, rice lands/other agricultural crops, cut down trees and electrical connections, and in some places, floodings occurred.
43 of the 353 families in Camarines, Sur, Bicol, Philippines being assisted by The Anawim, Inc., after the initial assessment made by the Area Coordinators, were reported to have houses that were either partially, severely or totally damaged, after the big storm in December 2016.
To be hit by this unfortunate circumstance is depressing and stressful. But Bikolanos (those living in the Bikol region) are used to experiencing such adversity. The capacity to recover readily, in spite of the harsh condition, is what makes a Bikolano, rise above this difficult, with a smile.
That’s what we call RESILIENCY. A quality undoubtedly possessed by Bikolanos.
Partnership in the helping strategies
Seeing their limitations, the affected families went out of their way to “invite others” to join them in those areas they simply lack resources. In limited form, the government offered foodstuff & tarps, some Non-Governmental Organizations, schools and private individuals responded in providing limited assistance. At first, neighbors & relatives offered their shelter temporarily while efforts were made to rehabilitate or rebuild their losses.
Being sensitive to the needs and concerns of our beneficiaries, The Anawim, Inc. wholeheartedly, extended its resources especially to those in dire need of help. The Anawim Inc. started where it can and responded to what was at hand. The Anawim Inc. played the role of a“companion in the journey”. While it offered help, it also extended friendship and care through monitoring & follow through, from implementation to house completion As a resource provider, it offered housing materials such as galvanized iron sheets, plywood, coco lumber, concrete, roofing materials & assorted nails.
We will not be able to accomplish all of these without the generous donations from the parishioners of Our Lady of the Lakes, Deltona, Florida and our sponsors and friends of The Anawim Inc. Thank you for making us channels of your love for the poor.
Note: This report was from February 6, 2017. As of the moment, we are still assisting families complete construction and repairs of their houses.
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Thank you for your unending support,