First, thank you so much for all the donations. Each and every donation has helped to make a difference for the people of the Philippines.
Our last relief drop was a huge success. With the last of the donations we received we were able to purchase hammers, nails, epoxy, saws, nylon rope, ¾ inch rope, buckets, and copper nails. We were able to provide 61 families from Cheey with this hardware to fix boats and roofs.
Fifteen families in particular were devastated with the loss of their houses, sari sari stores, and boats. This means that they have not only lost their homes but also their livelihoods. For these families we spent extra money in procuring coconut lumber. In order to cut coconut lumber one must have a permit to cut coconut lumber and a permit to have a chainsaw. We were able to pay a man to make the lumber. We hauled six loads of lumber from him and we distributed the lumber to the families whose houses were totally destroyed. In particular, with the help of some volunteer carpenters we were able to build three houses in one day.
One house was for a man who lost his store and home. His name is Jeric Petrito and he has one deformed hand which made it impossible to him to recover his loss without help. Another was for a man named Joey de Jesus who lost both his boat and home. He could not find work to recover and now has a home and supplies to fix his boat.
The last house was for a woman named Mary Jane. Her story was very sad. She is a single mother of four. She lives up in the mountains with her three boys under a tarp while her daughter attends school in Coron. She is a single mother as her husband was imprisoned for raping the eldest daughter. She now has a house for her three boys. We were able to give her sons rides back and forth from the spring where he fills up old pop bottles.
You can see with the smiles the difference all of You, our supporters, have made in these people’s lives. Thank you once again for all of your contributions. Although we will be leaving soon we are going to KEEP THE FUNDRAISER GOING!
We have made amazing contacts in the country and with enough support, we will return to continue the relief work. There are many more islands with more sad stories and sad eyes who have no support. We want to change that. Help us do this by passing our site along. Share it through facebook, twitter, word of mouth, etc.
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Jackie and Nathan