Loving Others Part 02: Helping the Afflicted #YolandaPH

During my stay in Culasi, I briefly met with Pastor Zac Namoc of Batonan Southern Baptist Church. He shared how many of his church members suffered from losing their homes to the typhoon and are still trying to recover whatever was left.

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The little worship place of Batonan Southern Baptist Church after the typhoon.
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The little worship place of Batonan Southern Baptist Church after the typhoon.
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The house of Cadiena family who are also members of Batonan Southern Baptist Church.
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The kitchen area of the Cadiena family after the typhoon.
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Members of Batonan Southern Baptist Church during a more pleasant day before the typhoon hit.
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Most nipa huts of people in the area of Batonan were swept off and were reduced to a pile of rubble.
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Some nipa huts of people in the area of Batonan were pushed into a sideway position making it an unstable place to live in.
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A family of five whose hut was ruined by the typhoon made this temporary shelter.
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A hut that was smashed by a fallen tree. The family who lived in it evacuated before the typhoon struck.
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Green rice fields that farmers worked on right after the storm. Around it were fallen trees and slanting coconut trees.

It was a clear day last November when I went around the town of Culasi to see how the typhoon affected an area that seldom experiences such strong weather disturbances. Farmers were quick to go back to their fields to work despite the typhoon that passed.

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Central Elementary School arc that the winds forced to bend.
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One of the many uprooted trees in Central Elementary School grounds.
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Roofless classrooms at Central Elementary School.
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Roofless classrooms at Central Elementary School.
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A room in Central Elementary School where some families evacuated but were forced to re-evacuate into a safer place when the roof started falling in.
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Second wave of relief packing for the community around my grandmother’s house.
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The packs were only good for 50 families so we had to give it by visiting each house during the night.
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With my two sisters, a cousin, and an aunt, we walked the lightless night (electricity wasn’t restored yet) and knocked on each house to distribute the goods.
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(L-R) Lady, me Pastor Ronald, and Joy. All were affected by the typhoon and yet there isn’t a sign of it on their faces. I spent the day with them talking and sharing stories of their experience during the storm.

On my last day in Culasi, I decided to travel to Roxas, Capiz to meet Pastor Ronald Calina. Our national director Derek Ross worked with him for some relief effort a few days after I left. Two months may have passed since Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan ravaged provinces in our country but the restoration of homes that were built for years will take more than two or three months. People in this areas live so simple and their means of daily living are not enough to support building new homes quickly. They would have to put up makeshift shelters and live like that for months until their new homes are built. If you would like to help them and send support, kindly contact our National Director Derek Ross at derek@wagmuna.com.

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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.